Humboldt in Time of Covid: Economic Disparities Interview with Chamber of Commerce and HPRC
Rebekah Baur is a student at Humboldt State University. She is a history major and an intern for the project Humboldt in Time of COVID. She is also a part of the track and field team. She has lived in Humboldt County for the past two and a half years. She is originally from Southern California around the Mojave Desert in Ridgecrest.
This interview is a two-in-one piece with BJ Willkomm a prominent figure in the Humboldt community. A former president of the Arcata Chamber of commerce, he still serves on the executive board. Willkomm explains how important the chamber is to the community and the economic benefits it provides, especially throughout COVID. He explains how the organization adapts as people are currently moving through COVID and the outcome it could have on society when it over. The interview goes on to discuss Humboldt Patient Resource center a business he assists in running. Willkomm discusses how his employees handle working during COVID, and how despite the pandemic are thriving. They are considered an essential business which is a victory for them as Cannabis isn't federally legal, only state legal. Interview happened on November 21, 2020
Location: Humboldt County, Eureka, Arcata
Keyword: Chamber of Commerce, Cannabis, Economy, Humboldt Patient Resource Center