Part 1 of SRPEDD's Guide to Attending Virtual Meetings via "Zoom"
March 28, 2020 - SRPEDD's Assistant Director of Enviornmental Programs, Helen Zincavage, guides you through Zoom. Stay tuned for more "how to" videos for online civic engagement during this moment of "social distancing."
KP Law's Resopnses to FAQs Concerning the Land Use Context During the COVID-19 Emergency
March 28, 2020 - The well known and well respected law firm's eUpdate from March 21, 2020 answers common questiosn for municipalities.
From the eUpdate - "Against this daily evolving landscape, we have provided the below information on frequently asked topics relative to land use permitting activities. As always, we will continue to update you with new developments. In addition, you should contact your Land Use attorney at KP Law to discuss any specific situations or concerns."
MMA News and Resources for Cities and Towns
March 26, 2020 - Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Guidance for Cities and Towns
Governments, agencies, and communities around the globe are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. MMA gathered the information here to help municipal leaders respond and continue their critical operations.
Commonwealth Resources and Guidance for Cities and Towns
March 24, 2020 - Please visit the Commonwealth's page for municipal officials; it provides cities and towns with municipal finance and governance guidance related to the current state of emergency.
The Division of Local Services (DLS) will update the online list as new resources become available.
City and town officials may contact DLS for urgently needed guidance by using their special email account: COVID19DLS@dor.state.ma.us
MA Disaster Declaration Approved
March 23, 2020 - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Now Available Statewide.
Please be advised that Massachusetts received approval for the disaster declaration statewide for small businesses and private non-profits to apply for the SBA EIDL loan program.
Please visit the SBA's Disaster guidance web page: www.sba.gov/disaster
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications to mail in forms at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Individuals who need language assistance, may ask for an interpreter once you call in and reach a customer service specialist.
Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Miscellaneous Economic Assistance in the SRPEDD Region
March 23, 2020 - Below you will find entities providing economic assitance, including providing federal EDA Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs), Small Business Administration (SBA), and other programs to assist businesses and communities. Additionally, Chambers of Commerce and community banking institutions with special funding under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) may also provide information and assistance.
- New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC), 1213 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740, 508.991.3122, www.nbedc.org
- City of Fall River Economic Development, One Government Center, Fall River, MA 02722, 508.679.0131 www.fallriver.org/business
- South East Economic Development (SEED) Corporation, 80 Dean Street Taunton, MA 02780, 508.822.1020, www.seedcorp.com
- Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, 200 Pocasset Street Fall River, MA 02721, 508.676.8226, www.bristolcountychamber.org
- Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, 9 Clayton Road Middleborough, MA 02346, 508.947.1499, www.cranberrycountry.org
- Greater Taunton Chamber of Commerce, 6 Pleasant Street Taunton, MA 02780, 508.824.4068, www.tauntonareachamber.org
- South Coast Chamber of Commerce, 227 Union Street New Bedford, MA 02740, 508.999.5231, www.southcoastchamber.org
- Tri Town Chamber of Commerce, 280 School Street Mansfield, MA 02048, 508.339.5655, www.tritownchamber.org
- United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 310 South Street Plainville, MA 02762, 508.316.0861, www.unitedregionalchamber.org
SRPEDD's Office Closed to the Public
March 20, 2020 - In response to the current State of Emergency in effect throughout the Commonwealth, the SRPEDD office at 88 Broadway is presently closed to the public.
SRPEDD's Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic:
Along with each of you, the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) places the highest value on the safety and well-being of our communities. During this State of Emergency, the Agency has taken measures to ensure that our work can continue while abiding by the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Although the office is presently closed to the public, SRPEDD staff are actively working remotely and available to respond to member municipality questions and needs. The best and easiest way to reach us is via email. All meetings going forward, such as next week's 3/24 Southeastern MA Metropolitan Planning Organization (SMMPO) meeting, 3/25 SRPEDD Commission meeting, and others will all be held virtually. Please contact us by email if you need assistance or require further information on how to participate in any upcoming meetings.
In the meanwhile, we urge that everyone do their part to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus through such practices as regular hand-washing and social distancing, and any other measures recommended by the Governor and health professionals across the state.