GETTYSBURG, PA (Sept. 22, 2020) –All Adams County business and community leaders are invited and encouraged to attend a free webinar organized by Adams Economic Alliance, “Recovery Resources Recap: Current Programs and How to Apply,” set for Tues, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m.
“It has now been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting our lives, our businesses, our Adams County community and economy, and the entire world’s health,” said Robin Fitzpatrick, president of Adams Economic Alliance. “We are here for all Adams County businesses and organizations as we enter the next six months of this shifting scenario. This webinar will help business and community leaders assess the resources currently available to them and support their path forward.”
The online event features a slate of speakers and experts including Fitzpatrick. In addition to dispensing vital information, the Alliance—in partnership with the nonprofit workforce-focused SCPaWorks invites input from community leaders.
“As our region navigates the disruptions to our labor market resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, South Central PA Works is focusing on the industries in occupations that have been most impacted,” said Jesse McCree, SCPaWorks’ CEO. “Our goal is to listen to the needs of businesses, jobseekers, education and economic development and synthesize high impact strategies that help our region recover as quickly as possible. We are looking forward to this virtual employer roundtable to hear feedback and analysis about ways that we can best invest for the betterment of our region.”
The timing of the event on Sept. 29 comes on the heels of National Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24. More than half of the American population owns or is employed by a small business. That translates into two out of every three new jobs created in the U.S. annually.
Additional presenters for the Sept. 29 webinar include Kimberly Stout of the Small Business Administration and Harlan Lawson of the Adams County Office of Planning & Development.
“I look forward to providing an overview of Adams County’s FAIR Grant Program which is available to Adams County small businesses and non-profits,” said Lawson, economic development planner. “If you have questions about who is eligible to apply, or what types of expenses can be covered, I encourage you to attend.”
FAIR, the Fund for Adams Investment & Recovery, is distributing the county’s share of federal CARES Act funding. FAIR’s second round of funding is open to applications, Sept. 28 through Oct. 23.
“Normally, we personally visit a wide variety of businesses annually to keep our finger on the pulse of Adams County’s business community,” said Kaycee Kemper, Alliance vice president. “Due to the pandemic, these are far-from-normal times requiring even greater outreach. We are thankful for a virtual format which will enable us to virtually visit with many leaders in order to share and listen—we want to stress that all participants and opinions are welcomed and valued.”
To register for the free Sept. 29 Recovery Resources Recap webinar, please visit Adams Economic Alliance’s Facebook event, LinkedIn or Twitter pages, where the registration link is posted.
It is the mission of the Adams Economic Alliance to develop and implement creative community-based strategies to enhance economic opportunity and foster a dynamic framework for balanced growth and development through the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, Adams County Industrial Development Authority and Adams County General Authority.
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