Latest COVID Related News & Updates

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....

Webinar – Cyber Security: What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small businesses to get creative with how to stay productive while also ensuring the safety of employees, families, and communities. This webinar will help guide you through some of the unique issues you might face while your workforce...

$349 Billion Cap for Small Business Loans Reached

The small business rescue fund program hit its limit late yesterday and is now out of money. As a result, the SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Lawmakers and the Trump...

Healthcare Workers and Mental Health

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the frontlines, sacrificing their energy and safety, to help those affected by the virus. Although healthcare workers are trained in disaster response, the toll on mental health is significant. Learn more...

Webinar – State of the Community: Arts and Culture

The Iowa City Area Community is known for arts, culture, and signature community events. Leaders in these fields share short term plans and longer-term COVID-19 considerations for venues and gathering spaces and the role it may have on our larger economy.  View...

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