From the Governor’s Office: Chambers of Commerce get COVID monies and Vaccine News

Governor Ducey Announces $1 Million In COVID-19 Relief Allocated To Chambers

 

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the recipients of a competitive $1 million grant program allocated to chambers of commerce across the state to implement or expand initiatives that support small businesses and accelerate local economic recovery. The grant dollars come from the Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Grant Program, established last month by Governor Ducey.

“Arizona businesses have innovated and adjusted for months to operate safely while prioritizing public health,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s grant funding will bring additional support to small businesses impacted by the pandemic, keep our economy moving forward, and help protect public health and safety. I’m grateful to all chambers of commerce and businesses across the state that support our workforce and protect Arizonans.”

The grant program was funded by the state’s Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund, established in March through a bipartisan state budget agreement that added $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response. Chambers of commerce submitted proposals to the grant program to implement, or expand, any initiatives that support local businesses and accelerate local economic recovery related to COVID-19. The grant allows for no more than $20,000 per full-time equivalent employee at the chamber, with a maximum award of $50,000. The grant program is supported by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“Small businesses and their employees have felt the impact of the pandemic, and we’re working to make sure they have the support they need,” said Mesa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sally Harrison. “The funding from the Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Grant Program will help our economy, businesses and workers. Thank you to Governor Ducey for continuing to work with the business community and provide support.”

Thirty chambers of commerce across the state are being awarded grant dollars. The funding will be used for a variety of projects, including: assisting small businesses with online branding and marketing when sales are moving online; providing micro-grants to small businesses for cleaning supplies and protective equipment; creating a regional workforce three-year workforce strategic plan to assist businesses return to work safely and effectively; and more.

“Our businesses have worked hard for many months to implement health and safety measures while serving patrons,” said Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Julie Pastrick. “We’re proud to build on their efforts and support economic recovery in our communities. Thank you to Governor Ducey and his office for the continued support.”

Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Grant recipients include:

  • Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce

  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Chandler Chamber of Commerce

  • Coolidge Chamber of Commerce

  • Dineh Chamber of Commerce

  • Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

  • Graham County Chamber of Commerce

  • Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

  • Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce

  • Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

  • Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

  • Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Marana Chamber of Commerce

  • Mesa Chamber of Commerce

  • Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

  • Page Chamber of Commerce

  • Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce

  • Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Prescott Chamber of Commerce

  • Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce

  • Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Tempe Chamber of Commerce

  • Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Tucson Metro Chamber

  • Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

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COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

 

Arizona received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday, December 14, 2020. This week, distribution of the vaccine will begin in the state’s largest population centers, Maricopa and Pima Counties.

“The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Arizona — and this is something we can all be thankful for,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “We are facing the greatest public health challenge of our lifetime, and Americans stepped up to get the vaccine to our communities quickly and efficiently. This is what our nation does best. We solve problems and get things done. In Arizona, our plan is to get the vaccine to every corner of our state without delay, beginning with health care workers and vulnerable populations. My sincere thanks to the trial participants, scientists, community health leaders, health care workers, frontline workers, and the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed. Their commitment to getting this job done is a real inspiration, and I’m grateful for their partnership. The arrival of the vaccine marks a significant moment in the fight against COVID-19 — but we aren’t out of the woods yet. We need to remain vigilant and continue to follow all recommended health and safety precautions.”

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ also recognized the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

“We are thrilled to see the vaccine here in Arizona,” said Dr. Christ. “The Department and the Vaccine Task Force have been working for months to make sure the vaccine is efficiently distributed throughout the state once shipments came in. While vaccine distribution is underway, it’s critically important that Arizonans continue to follow health and safety precautions to fight the spread and protect one another. This is not the time to let our guard down.”

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