1:30 PM Friday 08/07/2020 Special Assembly Meeting – CARE Act Funds for small business relief

From Assembly Member John Weddleton:
SPECIAL ASSEMBLY MEETING, FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020,
TO AUTHORIZE USE OF $7 MILLION OF CARES ACT FUNDS
FOR SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF

The closures of restaurants and bars puts a huge part of the burden of tamping down Covid-19 on their already weakened shoulders. We need to act quickly to help them.

PRESS RELEASE
August 5, 2020

Assembly Chair Felix Rivera announced today he is calling a Special Meeting of the Anchorage Assembly on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library for Assembly action on a resolution authorizing the use of $7 million of CARES Act funds for small business relief.

Rivera stated, “This Special Meeting is being called based on feedback from Assembly members who would like to get money to small businesses as quickly as possible. We’ve also received communications from the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), CHARR, and the Alaska Hospitality Retailers Association (AKHR) requesting funding be allocated to assist those in the hospitality and tourism industries. We must be timely in our response to these requests.”

The Assembly has already approved $6 million in small business and non-profit relief using CARES Act funds.

The Assembly will consider all other funding decisions regarding COVID-19 Relief Funds during the deliberation of item 14.A on the agenda for the regular Assembly Meeting on August 11.

Because the Anchorage Assembly is following the Mayor’s Emergency Order, EO-15, which limits indoor gathering to no more than 15 people, the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library will be closed to the public. The resolution under consideration is not a public hearing item, however, community members are encouraged to email their comments regarding to the resolution to the full Assembly at AssemblyMembers@anchorageak.gov.

People wishing to speak during Audience Participation at the end of the Special Meeting can sign up to do so by emailing Testimony@anchorageak.gov by 10 a.m. the day of the meeting. In the email, please include your name, phone number, and in the subject line: Audience Participation for Special Meeting.