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File #: 20-5795   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Economic and Workforce Development Committee
On agenda: 10/6/2020
Posting Language: Update on the COVID-19 Community Recovery and Resiliency Plan regarding the Small Business Support and Workforce Development Pillars. [Carlos J. Contreras, III; Assistant City Manager; Alejandra Lopez, Director, Economic Development]
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Alejandra Lopez


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City-wide


SUBJECT:

Update on the Small Business Support and Workforce Development Pillars within the COVID-19 Community Recovery and Resiliency Plan.

SUMMARY:

This item provides an update on the status of the implementation of the Small Business Support and Workforce Development Pillars and their associated strategies included in the COVID-19 Community Recovery and Resiliency Plan approved by City Council on June 4, 2020.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

City Council approved the COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Plan on June 4, 2020. The strategies associated with this Plan are categorized into four pillars: Workforce Development, Housing Security, Small Business Support, and Digital Inclusion. Each of the four pillars was assigned to a City Council Committee and staff presented the implementation plan associated with the Small Business Support and Workforce Development Recovery Strategies to the Economic and Workforce Development Committee on June 19, 2020 and June 23, 2020. These briefings included the expected outcomes, implementation partners and their associated budgets, program process overview, equity and engagement strategies, and major milestones. The Committee also received implementation updates on August 4, 2020 and September 2, 2020.

ISSUE:

This briefing will include status of partner contracts, the implementation of various programs associated with the strategies, and a timeline of deliverables to implement and complete all strategies.

Small Business Support Pillar
The Small Business Support strategies include grants to small businesses, small business engagement, on-the-job training support, purchase and distribution of protective equipment, and arts grant support. These efforts utilize federal CARES Act funding that must be expensed before the deadline of December 30, 2020.

Micro Business Grants
The City partnered with LiftFund to administer a...

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