For many of you this week ends like the last several weeks: as our version of Groundhog Day. But there have been significant differences felt this week by many. Our local banks and credit unions have been extremely busy in working with the business community on the Payroll Protection Program. This Program entitles business to receive a forgivable loan to offset the cost of keeping employees on payroll and not unemployment. If you missed out on the first $350 billion, please talk to your financial institution now for the additional funding that was approved this week!

Each week the Alliance has been here to field questions and direct assistance to the issues facing the business community. None of us have ever lived through times like this before. It remains important today to keep vigilant in protecting ourselves and our families. But it is also time to start working towards a new normal and the next step for the business community to get back to what we do best.

This week was the beginning of the ground swell of support on how we find our way forward from this COVID-19 event. Seven conference calls later and a lot of brain storming with our partners in the public sector- and plans are starting to form on how to move forward. Striking the balance between caution of public safety and getting us back to work is the paramount concern. Over the next week or two you will hear more from us and our partners about how we can be safe and start the process of what is next. I know you want more, and we will help you through the process.

Please stay safe. Know the sun will shine and we will get out of this together.

— Tim Gibbs
Ashland Allinace