WE ARE HERE
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 in 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. Learn more about the Bell County COVID-19 action plan here.
The Office of the County Judge issued a Local Disaster Declaration for Public Health Emergency on March 18, 2020, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons anywhere in Bell County. On March 23, 2020, Judge Blackburn issued Directive #3, Stay Home Stay Safe, which requires all individuals anywhere in Bell County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essentials activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.
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. Read more regarding the executive orders here.
Now is the time for local businesses and the community to band together and support one another. If your business can operate remotely, if you can mitigate the spread of disease within your organization using safety protocols, or if you can change the ways you conduct business to better serve the community in need, we encourage you to take action.
Here in the state of Texas, testing sites are being set up and safety protocols are in place to protect not only individuals but also those with higher risk to the virus. In Temple, we are blessed to have the highest quality of healthcare facilities to help fight this crisis. From Baylor Scott and White to the Central Texas VA, we have experienced medical professionals on our side to combat this crisis in real time.
The impact COVID-19 will have on all of us is yet to be seen. We want to be a resource to you and your business. Currently, federal economic relief is under way in Congress. Please see the latest news surrounding the economic relief bill, which intends to dedicate two trillion dollars for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing and other measures to help Americans impacted by the crisis. We will continue to share what this bill means for your business as the days unfold.
In the coming weeks, 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 World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services websites for the latest information. For a full list of recommendations to ready your workplace for COVID-19, see all of WHO’s recommendations.
Temple is a strong, agile, growing community. 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 so we can be of assistance in communicating these resources to the city of Temple and our citizens. Now, it is more crucial than ever to be a good neighbor and to stay strong as business leaders for our internal staff and the audience we serve. Let us help. If you have any questions about ways businesses can be supported during this time, feel free to contact me at ACannady@TempleEDC.com or call us direct at 254-773-8332.
President and CEO, Temple Economic Development Corporation