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.
Version 2.0 of the plan was published on April 17, 2020, and is available here. If you have questions or comments about this plan, we invite you to email the Governor’s Office of Economic Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
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.
Below are resources compiled by the Outdoor Recreation team that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the outdoors.
Outdoor Recreation Resources (coronavirus.utah.gov)
Tips to get outdoors in the next few weeks and months (OR Roundtable)
10 nature activities to help get your family through the coronavirus pandemic (Children & Nature Network)
What Coronavirus Means for Outdoor Recreation (American Trails)
The Respite of Trails and Outdoor Recreation (American Trails)
Our Guide to Getting Outdoors During the COVID-19 Pandemic (She Explores)
Finding Nature: Staying connected to the natural world during COVID-19 (Children & Nature Network)
Please visit this website to view the latest information about the Utah State Parks.
Pease visit this website to view the latest information about the National Parks in Utah. Click on the individual park to see COVID-19 related news.
In these uncertain times, dependable broadband access is critically important as many Utahns are instructed to stay home from work and school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response, several broadband providers throughout Utah are temporarily offering free internet service, waiving disconnect and late fees, providing access to wi-fi hot spots, and providing additional benefits during these challenging times to help people at home access the services they need.
Accessibility is critical in meeting Utah needs for education, telemedicine, telecommuting and overall quality of life.
Below are links to Utah broadband providers where you can learn about their continuity of service to communities during this time of need.
If your internet service provider is not listed, contact them directly.
The Save Small Business Fund is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It provides short-term relief for small employers in the U.S. and its territories. The grant is for small businesses that employ between 3 and 20 people, are located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can apply here beginning April 20, 2020.
Utah Leads Together 2.0
Version 2.0 of the plan was published on April 17, 2020, and is available here.
COVID-19 Bridge Loan: 500 Small Businesses Receive Round One Funding Totaling Over $6.1M
Read the release here.
The State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network compiled a list of valuable resources that states can use during the coronavirus pandemic. Check the initiatives being launched in Utah and other states here.
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Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Grants
The Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) grant is administered by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. BEAR funds are used for economic development projects within Utah counties, which typically include projects such as area sector business analysis, economic development planning, implementation of planning outcomes, training, and other projects enhancing rural economies.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GOED has invited BEAR grant recipients to repurpose funds for impacted local businesses. At the county’s discretion, BEAR grant funds may now be used for utilities, rent, payroll, payroll taxes, or employee health benefits. Contact the GOED Business Services team to learn more: email@example.com.
Added Outdoor Recreation Resources (coronavirus.utah.gov)
Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan
Small business owners are the backbone of Utah’s economy. GOED is here to assist them throughout the coronavirus pandemic with several resources. One of many tools GOED offers is the Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program. Learn more about eligibility and criteria here.
Ogden City’s Emergency Loan Fund
Ogden City’s Emergency Loan Fund is available to help Ogden companies immediately affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Learn more here.
Utah Leads Together Plan
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. Please see the documents above.
Utah Essential Business
If your business provides what you consider vital services during the coronavirus pandemic and is interested in potentially being added to the list of Utah’s essential businesses, please complete this form.
Updated Resources for Business on the State’s Coronavirus Site
GOED is now curating the content on coronavirus.utah.gov/business so all statewide information and resources are in one place.
Additional State Benefits
The state of Utah offers additional benefits for children and adults such as Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and more. A separate application must be submitted for these benefits. Visit jobs.utah.gov for information about these programs.
International trade and investment are some of the most powerful ways to immunize Utah businesses from the economic effects of COVID-19. World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) leverages its global network to provide international B2B matchmaking, webinars, market research and consultations. Additionally, WTC Utah and administers grant funding to small and medium-sized Utah businesses who conduct business internationally. You don’t have to travel to utilize our resources and engage with opportunities abroad. As Utah businesses face unprecedented problems, WTC Utah resources and services can provide solutions.