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.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. 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.

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. 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.


Adrian Cannady
President and CEO, Temple Economic Development Corporation




The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries. Learn more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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.

Office of the Texas Governor

Executive Orders

On April 17, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a “Retail-To-Go” model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

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.

To keep up to speed, be sure to visit gov.texas.gov/business. In addition, follow Texas Economic Development social media channels:
LinkedIn Texas Economic Development
Twitter @TexasEconDev
Instagram – @TexasEconDev
Facebook @TexasEconDev

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Resources for Small Businesses

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.

Temple Strong

Temple Chamber of Commerce

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.

Texas Department of State Health Services

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.

World Health Organization (WHO)

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.