On March 24, 2020, Gov. Herbert released “Utah Leads Together,” a comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19. The plan aims to eventually return Utah to the record-setting economic growth it enjoyed before the pandemic. The report and economic playbook include recommendations from dozens of Utah state and industry leaders.
Volume 4 (released on June 17, 2020) of the Utah Leads Together plan builds upon Volume 1 (March 24), and Volume 2 (April 17), and Volume 3 (May 20). These volumes do not replace one another. Instead, they support one another, like individual pieces of an overall strategy. If you have questions or comments about this plan, we invite you to email the Governor’s Office of Economic Development team at email@example.com, and someone will get back to you.
The COVID-19 Business Manual is a step-by-step plan from the Utah Department of Health to protect your business and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The document helps you look at how your company operates and build a plan to make your worksite healthier. You can use this guide throughout the pandemic, no matter what color of the Utah Color-Coded Health Guidance your community’s in. The manual has up-to-date recommendations from the UDOH, CDC, OHSA, and U.S. Department of Labor.
The COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program was created on April 30, 2020, when Gov. Herbert signed S.B. 3006. The program, managed by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, grants $40 million in rental relief to Utah small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of measures taken during the pandemic to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19.
For an application link and more information, including qualifications and documentation required to apply, please click here.
The Cultural Assistance Grant Program, known as “Create In Utah,” was approved in H.B. 5010 by the Legislature during its June 18 special session. It provides $9 million in grants to cultural, artistic, botanical, or zoological organizations with annual budgets of more than $5 million. The funding, which comes from the federal CARES Act, is targeted for programs that boost tourism and help local economies recover.
For more information or to apply, visit the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ website.
This $9 million initiative, called “Learn & Work In Utah,” provides training for workers displaced due to COVID-19 by funding GOED’s Utah Works program within Talent Ready Utah. This initiative includes support for the Utah System of Higher Education’s Custom Fit program and several other workforce training programs to provide education and training to displaced workers. Talent Ready Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education are responsible for “Learn & Work In Utah.”
Those who are interested in learning more or signing up will be able to do so after the first week in August. At that point, there will be an online dashboard that will lead residents to the programs offered by Utah tech colleges and universities.
As part of the program, the Department of Workforce Services will create a dashboard to identify unemployment and job opening trends to match workers with job opportunities.
More information is available in this press release (7/10/20).
This $25 million initiative provides grants to businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To qualify for this “Shop In Utah” grant, businesses must offer a discount or other offer with an estimated value to consumers of at least 50% of the grant amount. GOED must award at least 75% of grant funds to Utah small businesses (companies with 250 or fewer full-time employees).
More details and application instructions will be available by the end of July.
This $1 million initiative, known as “Healthy In Utah,” is for a public information campaign to encourage healthy activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as following current CDC, state, and local health guidelines, and not forgoing other preventive or urgent medical care.
This $5 million initiative, called “Safe In Utah,” provides grants to businesses to improve workplace safety for workers and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic through measures such as personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases, workplace redesigns, signage, and technology solutions that allow for distance working. The grants are capped per business at the lower amount of 1) $100 per full-time equivalent employee, or 2) the actual expenses a company incurs in taking these health and safety measures. GOED must award at least 75% of grant funds to small businesses.
This $12 million initiative directs the Utah Office of Tourism, housed within GOED, to respond to the health emergency through state and regional marketing to increase tourism throughout the state. The Office of Tourism is authorized to work with national parks on transportation solutions to facilitate the quality and accessibility of the visitor experience and other activities intended to stimulate tourism throughout the state.
The ‘In Utah’ campaign casts a wide net across the state to support economic reactivation during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign’s purpose is to educate and inform Utahns on the opportunities and benefits of supporting Utah business. It encourages us to shop, dine, stay, work, film and play, ‘In Utah.’
Created by Rumor Advertising, at the request of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and with the support of the Utah Legislature and CARES Act funds, ‘In Utah’ helps remind us why we live, work, travel and recreate in this great state.
In partnership with the Utah Manufacturers Association, the state purchased masks for free distribution to Utahns using CARES Act funds. Utah companies make all masks provided by the state through the “A Mask For Every Utahn” initiative at Utah production facilities. A limited number of masks may be made within partner facilities in other countries. All masks are safe and reusable.
To order a mask, please visit coronavirus.utah.gov/mask.
GOED distributed $12 million through its Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program in March and April. The program’s currently closed. Learn more here.
The state maintains a COVID-19 information and resource hub at coronavirus.utah.gov. All the state resources and coronavirus data are included on the site.
GOED’s Utah Office of Tourism maintains information on its site regarding traveling during the pandemic.
GOED’s Utah Film Commission team also maintains a webpage devoted to providing information about film production in Utah during the pandemic.