We’re Here to Help
The Temple Economic Development Corporation values the health and safety of our community, local businesses, employees and your families. In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to reassure you that we are here for you.
While there is uncertainty in the coming weeks ahead, we are here to provide resources to help you and your employees in this time. The leadership team at the Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) is in communication with leaders at our state, county and city governments. Bell County has already implemented a swift plan of action to handle COVID-19 with great care to protect our community.
In Temple, we are blessed to have the highest quality of healthcare facilities to help fight this crisis. From Baylor Scott & White to the Central Texas VA, we have experienced medical professionals on our side to combat this crisis in real time.
We will keep you apprised of the latest resources and updates which may impact your business. As the situation continues to change rapidly, please check the resources below for the latest information.
Now is the time for local businesses and the community to band together and support one another. If you have stories to share about the ways your business is being proactive and would like to share your own resources with the community, please let us know.
National and International Resources
Visit these links for the latest resources on the national and international levels.
The United States Senate has passed a $2 trillion coronavirus response bill, the CARES Act, intended to issue relief across the American economy. This third aid package from Congress is meant to keep businesses and individuals afloat during this critical time. Learn more about the CARES Act and its proposed impact on individuals, small businesses, big corporations, hospitals and public health, state and local governments and education here.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Visit the SBA’s website to apply directly for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.
To see the Governor Abbott’s press release and letter to the SBA, click here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Get the latest information on the Coronavirus in the United States from the CDC. Access resources for travel, education, community organizations and employers here.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website. Access precaution tips and advice for the public and workplaces here.
State and Local Resources
Visit these links for the latest resources on the state and local levels.
Office of the Governor
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the CDC and will aid in the state’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
- Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
- Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close. These orders became effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.
Read more regarding the executive orders here.
Update from Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Staff
The Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism staff continue to work hard on behalf of Texas communities, businesses and residents. The staff is working remotely but able to provide continuous customer service through email and phone.
In addition, if any firms can provide critical equipment and medical supplies, please let the Governor’s Supply Strike Force know! They are looking for products and equipment to procure, as well as donations, especially of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our state’s healthcare professionals. Please click here to sign up.
Texas Department of State Health Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. You can find the current Texas case count on the news updates page.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of community and state resources to aid citizens navigating the complexities of COVID-19. For more information, please visit Temple Strong.
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