Crowdsourcing to Fight a Pandemic

In city halls across the country, mayors and their staff are scrambling to find creative solutions to confront the overwhelming crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. … Cities are rapidly crowdsourcing pandemic response ideas from experts, community leaders and other local governments across the country. This sharing and cross-pollinating of policy ideas through Twitter,…

Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Competitive Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2020

FHLBank Atlanta is actively monitoring reports and briefings regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). In consideration of operational challenges and agency shutdowns AHP applicants are facing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, FHLBank Atlanta has decided to extend the 2020 AHP application deadline until June 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. With this extended application deadline, we anticipate that application approvals will…

As Florida’s economy crashes, DeSantis says he’s going ahead with $543 million in tax refunds for corporations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to go ahead with more than a half-billion dollars in tax refunds for the state’s largest corporations — even as the state economy crashes amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature committed to the corporate tax refunds — which will total $543 million — two years ago, long…

DEO COVID-19 Resources

Special Edition- Coronavirus (COVID-19) As a partner of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), we care about the success of your business as well as the health and well-being of your employees and all Floridians. Given the current environment, we want to ensure you and your business community has all the up-to-date information to…

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF Rural Housing Service…

COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments

Last week, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order related to the suspension of in-person quorum for local governments. Local governments may utilize communication technology such as telephones and video conferencing to operate and they do not need to meet in a specific place. This executive order does not waive any other requirements under the Florida…

Emergency Bridge Loan FAQs

What are the terms of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program? Eligible Florida small business applicants can apply for an interest-free, 1-year working capital loan for up to $50,000. For purposes of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, an amount greater than the program maximum ($50,000), up to $100,000 may be applied and awarded if there is…

FLC COVID-19 Update: DeSantis Executive Orders: Public Meetings, Alcohol Sales, Restaurants & Bars

Today, Gov. DeSantis issued three executive orders (EO-69, EO-70 and EO-71) regarding local government public meetings, the closure of certain beaches, and alcohol sales, restaurants and gyms, respectively. All of these orders are linked above and available on our Coronavirus Resources page. Following the issuance of EO-69 (Public Meetings), the League sent a letter to Florida’s municipal attorneys summarizing the…