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Meeting Needs During COVID-19: Successes in Promise Zones - Business Relief and Job Opportunities - March 16, 2021

HUD is co-hosting a free webinar series with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD) and the National Coalition of Promise Zones.

The second webinar in this series highlights efforts made by Promise Zones as it relates to promoting job opportunities and providing small business support.

Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health, and address other priorities identified by the community.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic tragically affected our nation, which has since resulted in 500,000 deaths, 28.1 million total cases, and a disastrous impact upon small businesses and many sectors of employment. Like many communities, Promise Zones had to pivot their strategies and respond to the immediate needs affecting their residents. This webinar series highlights these efforts, especially as it relates to COVID-19 testing, responding to food shortages and shelter response, promoting job opportunities and small business support, and solving the digital divide – all of which have been exacerbated by the closures of schools and many work-from-home requirements by employers.

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Webinar #2: Promoting COVID-19 Business Relief and Job Opportunities

March 16, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

Featured panelists and brief highlight:

  • South Carolina – Low Country Promise Zone (SC): Implemented a microloan program via a USDA grant, which offered loans to existing small business and startups, and assisted businesses in getting available federal assistance through social media platforms
  • St. Louis Promise Zone (MO): Operated a small business resource hotline and disseminated vital relief resources for those people and businesses most challenged by the pandemic
  • IndyEast Promise Zone (IN): Disseminated information on public-private partnership and SBA disaster loans for Promise Zone businesses
  • San Antonio Eastside Promise Zone (TX): Addressed the inequitable distribution of aid to small businesses and how to support them in addition to conducting a small and micro-business outreach campaign and survey
Register for the Webinar

View all webinars in the Meeting Community Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Successes in the Promise Zones Webinar Series.

You must register for each webinar separately. Once you receive your registration confirmation, please use the email’s confirmation ID and conference line to access the webinar.

Please note, attendees must sign into the registration link and ID and call in to hear the audio.

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