Economic Development Update
COVID-19

The Department of Planning and Development will communicate important information and share business resources to enable you and your employees to stay safe and informed during these uncertain times.

Restaurant Curbside Parking Program

The City of Lowell has implemented a special Restaurant Curbside Pickup Parking Space program. Restaurants may apply for a meter bag and sign indicating the space has been allocated for customer curbside pickup only. Additional details about the program can be found here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Parking@LowellMa.gov.  
TOMORROW: Creative Restaurant Marketing during COVID-19

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for restaurants but also an opportunity for them to be creative with their online marketing. The City of Lowell, in partnership with Susu Wong of Tomo360 , will present two webinars on Creative Restaurant Marketing in 2020.

First Webinar *TOMORROW*
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 09:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Register in advance for this meeting.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 09:00 -10 am Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Register in advance for this meeting.
SBA Bridge Loan Pilot Program Available

If your current bank has already been designated an SBA Express Lender, they may be able to provide a $25,000 bridge loan quickly. Need t echnical assistance or language support? Information to set up a conference call can be found here .
The CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was voted on this past weekend and it includes many different strategies to provide economic relief during this pandemic.

One program that may be of interest to our business community is the Paycheck Protection Program. Eligible businesses can apply for a forgivable loan for the amount the business owner spends on payroll, rent, and mortgage interest. The details are still being finalized. Our office will provide additional details when they become available. In the meantime, we encourage folks to reach out directly to their bank.

For more information on the CARES Act, Congresswoman Trahan's Office has put together a comprehensive summary of the $2 trillion stimulus package.

Keep In Touch

Please keep our Team updated on how this pandemic is impacting your business. This information has been critical to informing our recovery programming. We have launched an Open Restaurants Guide on our website and plan to launch a similar registry for our local artists.



Stay Informed about COVID-19

The City of Lowell will continue to post COVID-19 updates at http://lowellma.gov/coronavirus as more information becomes available. You can also sign up for the City's alert system t o receive emails, calls, or texts for critical updates.
City of Lowell, Department of Planning and Development
50 Arcand Drive, Lowell, MA, 01852