Dear Neighbors & Friends,
Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine! And, if you’re like me surviving the pollen! We are in a strange transition phase. Governor Dunleavy has given the go ahead for everything to open back up, but Alaskans have varying degrees of comfort with opening back up, especially after yesterday’s news of 13 new cases in one day. Many businesses are asking customers to wear masks and practice physical distancing. Alaskans continue to do a great job of following safety protocols, but I know everyone is longing for things to be as they once were. We know that can’t happen, but we can safely expand our social circle and interactions.
I strongly urge everyone to use the format suggested by Dr. Zink to open up your bubble. As we move forward if each of us keeps track of our own movements and encounters then we will make the contact tracing work that much easier, meaning we can much more safely be open and still contain transmission of the disease. We are still learning so much about this disease and how it presents itself that the contact tracing work is critical to deepen our understanding and ability to develop treatments, none which exist at this time.
Now that funds have been approved we are in the distribution phase. There have been hiccups, but some things are moving along. A couple of announcements related to business relief programs.
STATE AK CARES SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM TO LAUNCH JUNE 1ST
The new AK CARES grant program will help small businesses and nonprofits with funding to deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19. The AK CARES program is funded by $290 million in federal CARES Act funds.
Things to know
· The grant program will open June 1st. Grants of $5,000 to $100,000 available
· This is a first come, first served program. Please do not delay!
· There has been some confusion about the program. Please read the description and follow up with any questions.
Who Can Apply (from DCCED)
· Business was licensed and established when the public health disaster emergency declaration was issued by Governor Dunleavy on March 11, 2020;
· Business has, on average, 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees; and
· Business was excluded, did not qualify, or was otherwise unable to obtain funding from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), or other federal funding programs under the CARES Act.
MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE LAUNCHES ANC SMALL BIZ ALERTS
Also, please remember that the Anchorage Assembly is still considering how to distribute CARES Act funds. Please keep in touch with them and help them understand how to best use the funds. You can email them at email@example.com.
The ERTF also put out a STATEMENT ON INCLUSION AND RESPECT AS WE REBUILD OUR ECONOMY AND OPEN OUR STATE. I appreciate that they issued a statement in response to some of the hateful and divisive language that has been used in response to reasonable public health and public safety measures. You can read the entire statement here: http://aedcweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ERTF-inclusion-respect.pdf
ROUNDTABLE ON NEED FOR AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE
As we move to reopen our economy the lack of affordable, reliable, high quality child care has been highlighted. We have a crisis in our community and with the threat of several child care facilities closing as a result of Covid-19 we must take swift action to avoid the significant impact that will have on families and our economy. I’m looking forward to participating in a round table discussion next week to develop solutions. Event details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/590351821604455/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1590538760573805
I CAN’T BREATHE RALLY SATURDAY AT 2 PM
Community members are coming together to call out recent acts of violence that took the lives of black men with the “I Can’t Breathe” social distance rally on Saturday at 2 pm. You can attend in person, from the car, or by radio. If you want to attend, please see the event invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/868708773616015/
UPCOMING COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
At this time I don’t have any announcements for community council meetings.
Keep in touch with Airport Heights happenings here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/101546559886095/
Visit the Mountain View Community Council Facebook page here: neighbors: https://www.facebook.com/MountainViewCommunityCouncil/
To keep in touch with Russian Jack neighbors, please visit here: https://www.facebook.com/RussianJackcommunity/
We will keep you posted on future meetings.
Until next week,
P.S. On Sunday you can catch the online premiere of When the Salmon Spoke. Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/708830586532986/