Latest COVID Related News & Updates

Webinar – Business Resources: Public Health & TestIowa

Local public health experts discuss considerations for best practices, and regulatory mandates as businesses begin to put together their plans for the future, safely re-opening. Updates on the TestIowa program are also shared.  View webinar here.   Panelists: Sam...

Webinar – State of the Community: Economy

Local and state economic development leaders discuss the current state of our economy and their thoughts on what recovery might entail. View webinar here. Panelists include: David Barker Member of the Iowa Board of Regents, Partner in Barker Companies, and former...

Public Health Proclamation

Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation permits health care providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach, permits farmers markets...

Webinar – Preparing to Thrive in a Post-Pandemic Business Climate

COVID-19 has created serious disruption to normal business operations, and those companies who proactively anticipate the future market conditions and adjust their models accordingly will be at an advantage. Julie Zielinski with the EDC discusses how to identify these...

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Bill for Small Businesses, Hospitals

On Friday, April 24th, President Trump signed a nearly $500 billion COVID-19 economic assistance package, which is the fourth and likely the last installment of Coronavirus aid packages. Since the $349 billion allocated for Small Business Administration’s loans was...

Webinar – State of The Community: Education

Local education leaders provide updates from our school districts, the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, and ACT. Panelists include: • Rod Lehnertz // Senior Vice President, University of Iowa • Lori Sundberg // President, Kirkwood Community College •...

Senate Approves $480 Billion Aid Package

'Interim' spending package headed to House as early as Thursday Top Democrats and the Trump administration reached an agreement today on a $480 billion aid package that would replenish the small-business loan program meant to aid small businesses impacted by the novel...

Governor Reynolds Launches Test Iowa Program

In today’s press conference (April 21, 2020), Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she is launching Test Iowa, a public-private partnership to test 540,000 Iowans for COVID-19 in addition to the current testing measures. The goal is to be able to test up to 3,000...

Gazette Launches Business Marketing Grant Program

The Gazette has announced the launch of a community grant program to help local businesses continue marketing themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program allocates up to $100,000 in matching advertising dollars to assist local businesses during this difficult...

Save Small Business Fund: Short-Term Relief for Small Businesses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has created a Save Small Business Fund to help small employers who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. This fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to small businesses that employ between 3 and 20 people....

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