A Letter to the Community from the Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council

June 4, 2020

Citizens of Saginaw County

The Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council is extremely distraught and saddened with the death of George Floyd. The egregious behavior of four Minneapolis police officers who caused the death of George Floyd is deplorable. The council is also troubled by the tarnish that this incident brings to the good law enforcement officers in our community who do their best to protect and serve us each day.

Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council was formed in 1999 to bring community and law enforcement leaders together for the betterment of Saginaw County. The Council meets each month to discuss current issues and promote positive community relations.

Rest assured that no police agencies in Saginaw County approve or use the tactics that were used by the officers in Minneapolis. Our officers also adhere to their oath of office (noted below) and have a duty to intervene if they witness unprofessional conduct by another officer.

The council also condemns the systematic inequities that occur throughout our community in relation to neighborhood resources, educational opportunities, access to care and other social factors. We are committed to working together to address these issues in an effort to promote equality and justice for all citizens.

Public trust and accountability for police agencies and police officers is crucial for a safe, inclusive community. We are committed in helping restore the public’s trust and assuring accountability of our police agencies and citizens.

Law Enforcement Oath of Honor
On my honor,
I will never betray my badge,
My integrity, my character, or the public trust.
I will always have the courage
To hold myself and others
Accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the Constitution
And the community I serve.
Michigan Realtors ® Ready to Assist Mid-Michigan Flood Victims
Michigan Realtors®, with assistance from the National Association of REALTORS®, is happy to announce a program to provide housing relief assistance for qualified applicants of Arenac, Midland, Saginaw, Gladwin, and Iosco Counties, Michigan. These funds are in response to the unprecedented Mid-Michigan dam breaches on May 19, 2020.

Thousands of Michiganders have been forced out of their homes and have seen their communities dismantled. Michigan Realtors® has worked quickly to provide relief to those who need assistance with their mortgage payment or monthly rent due to displacement from their home as a result of the Mid-Michigan dam breaches. This relief will be good for a one-time payment of up to $1,000 per household.

In response to the burdens that many are now facing, the Realtor® Relief Fund has $100,000 available for individuals and families of the respective counties to provide financial relief to those making their mortgage or rent payment.

If you have been directly affected by the failure of these dams, please find the Realtor® Relief Fund Application at and click on “Realtor® Relief Assistance Application”.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2020.

Each applicant will need to provide:
  1. Photo Identification that proves your place of residence.
  2. Copy of Mortgage Statement or Mortgage Payment Coupon or Rent Statement or Lease Agreement.

One of the following will be required to show proof of damage:
  1. Photos of Damage
  2. Insurance Estimate
  3. Copies of Written Claims, Settlement Proceeds or Claim Status Reports
  4. Copies of Repair Estimates from Contractors
U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Releases 2020 Small Business Profiles for The States and Territories

Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles are an annual portrait of each state’s small businesses. Included in each are snapshots into each state’s small business health and economic activity. Some economic data is also supplied for U.S. territories.

This year’s profiles report on state economic growth and employment. The data included in each profile answers the following questions:

  • How many small businesses are in my state? 
  • How many jobs do they create? 
  • Which industries have the most small businesses and small business jobs? 
  • How many establishments opened and closed? 
  • How many exports are small businesses responsible for? 
  • Which counties in my state have the most small businesses?
Executive Orders Reopen More Regions, Economic Sectors Under MI Safe Start Plan
Northern Michigan, Upper Peninsula Regions Move to Phase 5 on June 10; Personal Care Services Including Salons, Barbershops Reopen Statewide on June 15

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed Executive Orders 2020-114 and 2020-115 to reopen more regions and economic sectors under the MI Safe Start Plan.
Starting on June 10, Regions 6 and 8 — which include much of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula — will advance to Phase 5 of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. Phase 5 allows the reopening of salons, movie theaters, and gyms, subject to safety protocols and procedures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails will reopen statewide. Though the remaining regions, 1 through 5 and 7, will remain in Phase 4 under today’s executive orders, the governor has said she expects the entire state will advance to Phase 5 in the coming weeks.

Governor Extends Executive Order Suspending Youth Work Permit Application Requirements

Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-116, which extends her previous Executive Order 2020-79, which lifts certain requirements of the application process for young Michiganders to obtain a work permit.

“Young people throughout Michigan are a vital part of our workforce and economy. As summer begins, it is important to ensure they can still have the opportunity to work with the proper credentials and permits.” said Gov. Whitmer. “This extension comes at an opportune time, as regions of our state continue to safely reopen. We must all continue to be smart in the workplace and in our daily lives to protect Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19.”

Young Michiganders constitute an important part of the summer workforce, especially because the COVID-19 pandemic requires workers stay home when experiencing symptoms or because they are part of a vulnerable population. Certain aspects of the Youth Employment Standards Act, such as the requirement to use certain kinds of colored paper, require in-person interactions that could spread COVID-19. The executive order temporarily suspends these requirements.

The executive order is effective immediately and extends until July 3, 2020.

Resources for Business and the Community
The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of federal, state, and local resources that provide aid and information for your business, employees and our community during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This information is ever-changing, please check the Chamber's website, Facebook, and your email frequently.

We will add links, resources, and updates as information becomes available. We are also converting our At A Glance Newsletter to include Coronavirus links and information as well as local updates, job availability, member coupons and most importantly Member News. Please let us know what your business is doing and how you are functioning during this uncertain time. We need to stay connected and support each other.

Reopening Plan Templates, Playbooks, and Best Practices can be found on the Saginaw Chamber/Saginaw Future joint Reopening Business Playbook page.

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