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Exclusive PPP Application Period for Small Businesses

February 24, 2021

On Monday, February 22, President Biden announced the following changes to SBA’s coronavirus relief programs to ensure equity: Specifically, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 am ET, SBA will establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This will give lenders and community partners more time…

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3rd Quarter Douglas County Economic Development Report

January 15, 2021

Douglas County released its 2020 3rd Quarter Economic Development Report.  Some of the highlights include: Parker ranked No. 2 on’s “2020 Best Places to Live in America” list. The ranking criteria was shifted to pay more attention to cities that show great promise and stability for the foreseeable future, factoring in employment, housing, cost…

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Douglas County launches COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program

January 8, 2021

Businesses with physical locations in Douglas County and headquarters in Colorado may be eligible for COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants through the County’s allocation of Colorado Senate Bill 20B-001 funding. Restaurants, bars and other drinking establishments, caterers, movie theatres, and gyms and recreation centers with annual revenue less than $2.5 million and a minimum of…

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Douglas County is first in Metro Denver approved for state’s 5 Star Program

December 23, 2020

Christmas arrived early for Douglas County and its businesses with word from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Wed., Dec., 23, stating “Douglas County meets 10 days of stable and declining hospitalizations and may now authorize certified businesses to open.”   With this news 33 Certified COVID Best Practice Businesses – 18…

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Douglas County among first to seek approval for business “lifeline” variance from CDPHE

December 18, 2020

Douglas County today was among the first to submit the required application and letters of support to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) seeking a variance that, if approved, will allow increased occupancy for local businesses – including restaurants.   Known as the 5 Star State Certification Program or the 5 Star…

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2020 Talent Pipeline Report Released

December 9, 2020

The Colorado Workforce Development Center released the seventh annual Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, which analyzes issues related to the supply and demand of talent in Colorado. The report offers a collection of strategies, investments, and policy recommendations in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Talent Pipeline report identifies: • leading industries…

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Recent Public Health Orders prompt $15 million grant program for Douglas County restaurants and indoor event venues

November 30, 2020

CARES Act funds to reimburse revenue loss due to compliance with capacity reductions.   Restaurants and indoor event venues with physical locations in the County and 200 or fewer employees may be eligible for COVID-19 impacts grants. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Douglas County has allocated $15 million to fund…

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Several counties move to level red on state dial Public health order specifies stricter levels as cases rise

November 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  COVID-19 MEDIA LINE: 303-900-2849 (Please leave a message) Email:  Several counties move to level red on state dial Public health order specifies stricter levels as cases rise REMOTE, (Nov. 17, 2020): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an updated public health order that provides necessary updates to…

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2nd Quarter 2020 Douglas County Economic Development Report

October 7, 2020

A few highlights include:   Brookings introduced the Metro Recovery Index to track the impact of the COVID-19 recession on the 53 largest metro areas based on indicators including job losses and unemployment, air passengers, and active real estate listings. The inaugural index studied indicators from February 2020 to the present to calculate the effects…

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Colorado Moves to Protect Our Neighbors Phase

July 6, 2020

On June 30, 2020 Governor Jared Polis today extended the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors Executive Order, and provided an update on Colorado’s next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more details on the Protect Our Neighbors framework. The Governor was joined by Jill Hunsaker Ryan, the Executive Director of the…

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