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US Chamber Update: PPP Forgiveness Guide

This week, the U.S. Chamber published a new Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness. Like our previous guides, this document provides businesses with an easy to understand explanation of what they need to do to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans.   Click here to download the guide Please note, this guide will be updated as new guidance is issued by the Dept. of the Treasury.  
Clay County Recovery Plan

We anticipate the transition into Phase 2 Step 2 to be announced sometime in June. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with this next step of recovery.

Step 2: Reduce limitations for businesses and organizations, reintroduce limited mass gatherings
Step 2 continues the reopening of communities by relaxing the occupancy limitations and begins to resume mass gatherings on a limited basis. All interactions within the community are required to maintain physical distancing strategies. High risk individuals should continue to limit interactions to those that are considered vital.
Business/Organizations: current essential, non-retail, businesses and organizations will continue operations. For all other business and organizations, occupancy restrictions are relaxed to 50% of the entity’s authorized building/fire code occupancy. All businesses and organizations must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. Face masks are to be used by employees. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely.
Events/Mass gatherings: Mass gatherings of less than 50 individuals in a location where physical interaction is possible, whether spontaneous or scheduled may resume. The limitation of 50 individuals pertains to all individuals at an event or location and cannot be increased by separating individuals into smaller groups at the location (e.g. different rooms or fields). All mass gatherings are required to apply physical distancing standards, and if physical distancing standards cannot be met, the gathering must be postponed or cancelled.

Please see the attached guidance for the official Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan . We hope this will provide more insight into what this gradual process will look like for our community and provide guidance to businesses and individuals. More graphics and tools will be provided throughout the day on our website at .

A Guide for Responsible Re-Entry to the Workplace

As the Greater Kansas City business community adjusts day-to-day operations in response to COVID-19, we must balance the need to maintain our region’s economy with the protection of our community’s health. The Safe Return KC Guide provides a road-map for organizations of all types across the region to use as we re-open our workplaces, while considering the public health needs of our workforce, stakeholders, customers and community.

Member Announcements & Events
Congratulations to the recipients of the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Scholarships:
Payton Morrison & Kayla Warman

Someday you’ll look back and think, Wow, I graduated at the strangest time ever… Until then, we’ll be here for you, cheering you on, looking forward to wherever life takes you next, and feeling so proud of you.

The Chamber was joined by a number of other member businesses and organization in offering scholarships to KHS students, including:

To view the 2020 Kearney High School Virtual Academic Awards visit:
Updike BBQ's 7th Annual

Updike BBQ & Catering is currently seeking sponsors to help fund meals for the 7th Annual First Responders Appreciation Day. BBQ & food will be provided and delivered to each department in Clay County. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please contact
Lyle Updike at 816-719-0765.
Also, keep an eye out as we are in the planning stages of bringing the Updike BBQ trailer back out! We hope to be in Kearney 1-2 days a week. Proceeds help to support the 7th Annual First Responders BBQ.
The Kearney Chamber was recently contacted by the KC Chamber with important information for our local child care providers. "As part of the KC Chamber's COVID-19 response efforts, we are working to address funding for child care providers by working with providers to make sure they are aware of grant and loan options available to them and to coach them through the application process. We have identified that providers in your area might be eligible for additional relief."
The Clay County Public Health Center has ordered prints of two different posters for distribution to local businesses as we transition into step 1 of our recovery phase. One poster is for business entrances and the other is a generic “keep six feet apart please” flyer.

These posters can be used by businesses to educate and inform the public about some of the basic precautions that should be taken to prevent the spread of germs.

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce has agreed to be a distribution point for these posters. Please email to arrange for pick-up or delivery.

If any company would like to print their own, the same documents can be downloaded from the Community Recovery Toolkit at .
Show your pride and support for KEARNEY tourism destinations and businesses by purchasing a limited edition tee! Shirts are just $20 with $15 from each purchase going to the KEARNEY tourism destination of your choice. This includes any KEARNEY park, restaurant, hotel, historic business, community event or festival event promoted through Clay County Tourism.

2020 Census Jobs

We are still recruiting for census jobs as we have not met our recruiting goals in Clay County. The Clay County hourly rate is ranging from $19.00 to $21.00/hr. In order to protect the health and safety of our workforce and the public, the Census...

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Meetings & Events
Per the Clay County Recovery Plan all public activities hosted by the Kearney Chamber of Commerce are suspended through June 30, 2020.  
May 23 – Social Distancing Scavenger Hut
May 25 – Memorial Day Holiday - Chamber Office Closed  
May 26 – Finance Committee Meeting   
May 26 – Board of Directors Meeting     
June 3 Virtual Chamber Membership Luncheon

Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events.
Social Distancing Scavenger Hunt
Social Distancing Scavenger Hunt

Think you know Kearney? The Kearney Enrichment Council and the Kearney Chamber of Commerce are excited to partner together on this fun community outing on Saturday, May 23 from 2-4pm. Registration closes Saturday at Noon. Sign up today!

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The Kearney Chamber is honored to present the STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
by Mayor Randy Pogue
Please join us on-line for a
Virtual Chamber Membership Luncheon
June 3rd at Noon

Thank you to our generous Sponsors for providing lunch:  

Lunch:  Registrants will receive up to a $10 credit at the restaurant of their choice: Stables, Hunan Garden, Pizza Shoppe, or D’Creamery (please indicate your choice with registration). Limit of 100. Call the restaurant with your lunch order the morning of June 3, tell them it’s for the Kearney Chamber State of the City and up to $10 credit will be applied to your order. Pick up your lunch, pay any remaining tab, and join us on line at noon for the Mayor’s address. Those wanting to join the meeting but opt out of lunch are also welcome.

Meeting log-in:  Registration is required to receive meeting log-in links. Please watch your email the morning of June 3 for meeting log-in information. Thank you to the City of Kearney for hosting our Zoom meeting.
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