Economic Recovery Resources - Weekly Update
The Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Gulf Coast Economic Development District stand ready to assist the 13-county region in pursuing strategies to restore local economies. We have launched a recovery webpage and will be issuing this Economic Recovery Resources - Weekly Update to help our local partners stay on top of new funding opportunities. 

Subscribers to the monthly Regional Economic Development Digest will receive the weekly update automatically. We hope to make it easier for you to secure the resources you need to recover quickly.

Please e-mail Josh Owens or call 832-681-2613 to discuss economic recovery needs you may have.

Business Retention and Recovery Survey

To better understand how COVID-19 measures and volatile energy prices have affected the region's economy, the GCEDD is asking you to complete to a brief survey to identify immediate needs and coordinate economic recovery efforts. Responses are due by April 30.

Economic Development Administration CARES Act Funding

The U.S. Economic Development Administration anticipates releasing a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the $1.5 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding within the next few weeks. The GCEDD will provide technical assistance for applicants, please e-mail Josh Owens or call 832-681-2613 with any questions.

Federal Funding for Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide organizing funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. There is new funding for 

There is existing USDA funding for:
Upcoming Economic Recovery Webinars

April 28 | COVID-19 Business Forum: Economic Update | GHP
Patrick Jankowski, Senior Vice President of Research for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), will discuss his latest analysis of COVID-19, collapsing oil prices, and the imminent U.S. recession and their impact on Houston's economy.

April 28 | Marketing Advice to Combat an Economic Downturn | SCORE
Amanda Brinkman, host of the Small Business Revolution, will outline actionable marketing strategies to help businesses during the economic downturn related to COVID-19.

Partner Resources

Visit our website for information and links to local, regional, and partner organizations that have additional resources and information on economic recovery. A select list is presented below.

The Greater Houston Partnership has established the Greater Houston Business Recovery Center (GHBRC), which will provide guidance on policy and financing related to recovery programs.

RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts.

The Texas Economic Development Council COVID-19 webpage catalogs COVID-19 resources, updated, and links. It includes webinars, small business program examples, research white papers, resources for businesses, Texas Workforce Commission resources, and advice for retailers.

The National Association of Development Organizations COVID-19 resource center provides advocacy resources, upcoming virtual events and training, federal agency COVID-19 resources, member response resources, national partner organizations response resources, Office of Management and Budget guidance, state-by-state workforce guidelines, philanthropic resources for communities, and economic resilience resources.

The International Economic Development Council Corona Virus Response webpage provides information on the IEDC's COVID-19 webinar series, COVID-19 resources, and frequently updated situational reports.
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