WASHINGTON DC (July 16, 2020) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) today praised US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announcement that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $13.1 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) that will provide critical gap-financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic across Iowa.
“I’m glad the Economic Development Administration has awarded $13.1 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to support communities across Iowa,” Sen Grassley said. “Communities both small and large have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. By using these grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds, they can help coronavirus impacted businesses to retain and create jobs while continuing to innovate during these trying times.”
“President Trump is working diligently every day to support our nation’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 through the CARES Act,” Sec Ross said. “These investments will provide small businesses across Iowa with the necessary capital to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and, in turn, create a stronger and more resilient state economy for the future.”
“These investments come at a crucial time to help Iowa’s and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and EDA is pleased to invest these CARES Act funds so that Iowa businesses have access to capital to respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.”
“COVID19 has forced us not only to rethink how we live and work but also restructure our economy to continue feeding, fueling, and manufacturing high-quality products for the world,” Governor Kim Reynolds said. “These resources come at a critical time for our state as we focus on combating the virus and reopening the economy. I want to thank President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and the entire Administration for being a strong, consistent partner for Iowa during these unprecedented times.”
The EDA investments announced today are:
These current EDA RLF grantees are some of the more than 850 existing, high-performing EDA RLF, Economic Development District, University Center, and Tribal grant recipients invited to apply for supplemental funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The CARES Act, signed into law by President Donald J Trump, provides EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development-assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 7, Sec Ross announced that EDA is accepting applications for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding opportunities.
EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit our recently updated EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.
About the US Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov) The mission of the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic-development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the US Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically-distressed communities in order to create jobs for US workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic-growth.
16 Jul 2020