Arapahoe County Announces $6M Small Business Relief Plan


ARAPAHOE COUNTY, CO — The Arapahoe County CARES Program is launching Advance Arapahoe, a $6 million grant program that will help businesses throughout the county, officials announced Wednesday.

“This is one of the first grant programs we’re launching through the Arapahoe County CARES Program, and it will provide crucial relief to businesses most affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns,” Arapahoe County Board Chair Nancy Sharpe said in a statement.

“These small and medium-size businesses are essential to our economy, and Arapahoe Advance is a step toward providing some stability through this transition to reopening.”

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Advance Arapahoe’s first priority will be to fund employers within the boundaries of unincorporated Arapahoe County, as most businesses within incorporated communities can apply to relief programs through their jurisdiction, officials said. Award preference also will be

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California high-speed rail board delays key finance plan after lawmakers push back

An artist's rendering of a proposed California high-speed rail station is shown. <span class="copyright">(California High-Speed Rail Authority)</span>
An artist’s rendering of a proposed California high-speed rail station is shown. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

Following a stunning rebuke by the State Assembly, the board of California’s high-speed rail authority this week put off approving a crucial 2020 business plan, a sign it has agreed to reassess the project’s current blueprint.

The authority’s board had planned to routinely approve the business plan at a meeting scheduled for Thursday and submit it to the Legislature as it has done every two years over the last decade.

The plan formally laid out a $20.4 billion blueprint to build a partial operating system in the San Joaquin Valley under a massive 30-year contract that would be issued this year.

But earlier this month, the Assembly approved a resolution that called on the rail authority to delay that contract and reassess the entire strategy of putting all of the remaining bullet train funds

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Positive Test Springs Hawk Mazda’s Coronavirus Plan Into Action


JOLIET, IL — When confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic began emerging across Illinois in late March and early April, Hawk Mazda General Manager Jim Muisenga realized his dealership needed to have a plan in place in case any of his employees tested positive.

On Friday, the plan was thrown into action.

Muisenga confirmed on Monday that one of his mechanics tested positive for the virus after being out ill since early last week. Muisenga told Patch that the employee called in sick on Tuesday and remained out of work before he received notification Friday morning that he had tested positive. The news led to the decision to close the dealership — located at 2421 S. Route 59 — immediately, have the facility cleaned and to have all employees tested.

In addition, the dealership has contacted any customer who has had their vehicle worked on by the infected employee within

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Montclair Rolls Out COVID Recovery Plan For Local Businesses


MONTCLAIR, NJ — Montclair will be taking several steps, including closing some streets and offering limited free parking, as a way to help local business owners cope with the crushing effects of the coronavirus crisis.

According to municipal officials, Montclair’s COVID-19 recovery plan was developed by the township council with input from local business leaders. It follows guidance from the state, the CDC and local health experts.

Some highlights include:

  • Make $150,000 in township grant funding available to township small-businesses, to the BID and to business associations to be used to cover costs for equipment or other necessaries that are related expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 (see details below)

  • Offer the first 15 minutes of parking at meters for free

  • Waive (or refund if already paid) the 2020 sidewalk café permit fee

Montclair officials also said the township will be closing some streets to

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