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Curry County Administrative Annex
94235 Moore Street, Suite 122
Gold Beach, OR 97444
economicdevelopment@co.curry.or.us


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Be advised, as of November 18th, 2020, the Curry County Economic Development Department will be working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 freeze in the state. For immediate assistance, please contact us at: EconomicDevelopment@co.curry.or.us


Thursday, November 19, 2020


Time Sensitive - Statewide Small Business Emergency Grant Application Opens Today (Thurs.)

Governor Brown and the Oregon legislature recently approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. Applications for this funding will be made available TODAY (November 19) on Business Oregon's website so check the website early and submit your application quickly. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis with a geographic overlay to ensure statewide distribution of proceeds. 

Note, these funds are separate from the $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds approved yesterday by the Governor for distribution to small businesses through county jurisdictions.
 
 Grants will be available to small businesses that have seen lost revenue due to the pandemic, and that meet a minimal set of requirements. This round of funding makes some changes to previous rounds of grant funding under the program so that businesses not eligible in earlier rounds can now access grant funding. Businesses with up to 100 employees can apply, whereas previous funding was limited to those with up to 25 employees, to ensure the smallest business could access the funds first.
  
  Within this round of funding, awards will be made to eligible businesses with: 


  •       Up to 25 FTE that have accepted between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in CARES Act funding (such as PPP, EIDL, the Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief + Resiliency and other programs funded with CARES Act funds). 

  •       26 to 100 FTE that have accepted up to $1,000,000 in federal funding as specified below

The program will provide grants up to $200,000 for eligible businesses (including 501(c)(3)s). Business Oregon anticipates that the funds will go very quickly and will be oversubscribed, forecasting that the portal will be closed within 24-48 hours.
 
 Funds are slated to be fully deployed and out to small businesses by December 15.
   
 Should you have any questions, please contact Business Oregon Regional Development Officer Michael Held at Michael.held@oregon.gov or 971-599-9489.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Executive Order implementing the statewide “freeze” to limit COVID-19 transmission is up (detailed sector guidance, applying the EO to each set of guidance, will be posted tomorrow): https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Documents/executive_orders/eo_20-65.pdf

Workers who may be laid off by the freeze—if they previously made a COVID-related unemployment claim and have benefit eligibility remaining–can re-start their claim, rather than filing a new one. See: https://unemployment.oregon.gov/frequently-asked-questions#faqTopic-113980

Contractors and gig workers
impacted by the “freeze,” can seek Pandemic Unemployment Assistance by calling: 833-410-1004


Round 5 business funding
Governor Kate Brown announced today that the state will commit $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. These funds will be allocated to counties to distribute to businesses who have been financially impacted, with a priority for the hospitality industry, businesses impacted by the freeze, small businesses, and women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Tribal-owned businesses.

The $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be allocated to counties, with each county receiving a base of $500,000 plus a per capita allocation of the remainder of the funds. The counties will be responsible for deciding how businesses apply to receive funds and communicating the application process to businesses. Get the scoop here: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=37731

OSHA has put up a new web page where they will be posting resources to assist with compliance with their new temporary rule: https://osha.oregon.gov/news/2020/Pages/nr2020-41.aspx

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Friday, November 13, 2020

From November 18 to December 2, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care.

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The Two-Week Freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for...

Personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

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Curry County Office of Emergency Management
website for COVID-19 resources and updates

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