Paul’s Note - May 1st, 2020

This week, the governor announced that our state’s “stay at home” orders will be extended for another two weeks. We want to do all we can to give our city’s small businesses an opportunity to reopen.

The Tucson City Council authorized a $1,000,000 total contribution as part of the We Are One / Somos Uno Resiliency Fund, responding to demand for financial assistance from businesses reeling from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tucson Resiliency Direct Loan Program is administered by Business Development Finance Corporation, and has support from the city’s Industrial Development Authority and the non-profit Growth Partners.

Eligible businesses must be located within Tucson city limits, and have a valid City of Tucson business license or be registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission in good standing. Direct loans at 0% interest will be available to small businesses, sole proprietors, 1099 contractors and nonprofits that meet the eligibility criteria. 

The city’s Office of Economic Initiatives has also had an ongoing series of “webinars” on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The upcoming webinar, 3 pm on Monday, will feature UArizona professor George Hammond and Kimber Lanning from Local First Arizona. Click here to register. Connect Tucson has made previous webinars available on their website.

I’ve been told about 80 people are participating in these webinars. I’m glad we are getting the word out.

Information will also be available directly through the Connect Tucson website or by calling the Economic Initiatives office at 837-4100.

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Mayor Romero made a proclamation shortly after the governor made his to make sure that our precautions line up with those in the rest of the state. She also added this:

[The Mayor] strongly advises that all persons within the City who have the means, to acquire or make a face covering to adhere to CDC guidance relating to wearing face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. That guidance includes direction to wear face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies).

Keep in mind that the masks are not just there to keep you healthy, but to ensure that people around you stay healthy too. The words we keep hearing from the Pima County Health Department are “Act like you’ve got it.”

The Health Department has a page with advice on both making masks and the proper way to wear them.

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Got some free time?

Our friends at the US Census want to remind us that the deadline to fill out your form (online at https://my2020census.gov) has been extended. With many of us at home, we have the time to take a few minutes to fill it out.

It might not seem like priority number one, but the data that comes out of the census will be critical when our community comes out of this crisis. Everything from funding for roads to representation in congress needs an accurate count. If you’ve already filled it out, thank you.