April 25, 2020 Federal Update: COVID-19

Apr 25, 2020 | Advocacy

President Trump Signs $484 billion Relief Package

 

President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion relief package Friday April 24 to provide further aid to employers, hospitals and health organizations conducting testing for COVID-19.

The bill is Congress’s latest effort to help the roughly 26 million people in the US who have filed for jobless aid in the last five weeks.  The funding measure provides:

  • An additional $321 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program, of which $60 billion is set aside for underbanked businesses. That includes community-based lenders, smaller banks and credit unions to assist smaller businesses that don’t have established relationships with big banks and had a harder time accessing the funds in the first round of loans. About $10 billion of that would also be allocated for administration fees;
  • $60 billion in additional funds for the SBA’s disaster loans and grants programs;
  • $75 billion for hospitals and
  • $25 billion for coronavirus testing. Of that testing money, $11 billion will go to states and some will also go to the federal government.

Members of Congress are apparently pushing for a fifth relief bill to include aid for state and local governments experiencing a dramatic loss of revenues and increased expenses due to COVID-19.

Much more than just “drug houses”; State grants to fund commercial building demolition would propel county land banks as key drivers of Ohio’s economic development

In late April 2021, a legislative committee in the Ohio House held its second hearing to consider creating a $100 million grant program, exclusively for county land banks, to fund commercial building demolition. Ohio’s land bank statutes are recognized as a national model, uniquely providing an opt-in for county commissioners to direct tax collections to fund their county land banks’ activities. That revenue model, coupled with allocations from the state’s Hardest Hit Fund (specifically, the sun-setting Neighborhood Initiative Program), allowed land banks to grow in number during the past decade and thrive in addressing so-called nonproductive land in their communities. 

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Partnership Produces Success in Paulding County Through Northwest State Community College

Archbold, Ohio – Communication, collaboration, and partnerships are all sometimes a difficult ask. The ultimate goal of all three is to produce action that leads to meeting a goal or need. At Paulding High School, the goal was met as five students completed the Northwest State Community College welding course. The offering, consisting of two college level welding courses, came to fruition alongside the OhioMeansJobs-Defiance and Paulding Counties Office, the Paulding County Economic Development Office, Paulding High School, and Northwest State Community College.

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