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Jefferson County Economic Development is committed to helping businesses through this current situation we are all being affected in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In response, Jefferson County Economic Development will be working with businesses and the community at large to help them through this crisis. “The Board of Directors of JCIDA/JCLDC are considering a couple stop-gap measures designed to ease the burden on our businesses during this unprecedented health emergency.  The Boards will continue to monitor the impact of this pandemic and are discussing a range of other potential options” said Donald C. Alexander, CEO, Jefferson County Economic Development.
If your business is experiencing issues, please do not hesitate to reach out directly: Our main office number is 315 782 5865 but might be easiest to call CELL NUMBERS or EMAIL:
Donald Alexander CEO                         315 783 2000 dcalexander@jcida.com
David Zembiec       Deputy CEO          315 286 3222 dzembiec@jcida.com
Jefferson County Economic Development is working with Jefferson County, The City of Watertown and all regional and local governments to help address issues moving forward.

Manufacturers:     Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order No. 202.7 and New York on PAUSE Essential Businesses with details about the 100% in-person workforce reduction as of 3/21/2020. Essential businesses including food processing, are exempt from this requirement. A waiver for businesses that request exemption form the reduction is available HERE.
Empire State Development has provided guidance on workplace reductions AND ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES HERE.  See Frequently asked questions HERE.

Small Businesses:    The small Business Administration has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. This enables eligible small businesses to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans HERE. This program provides up to $2million in necessary working capital until normal operations resume. Additional information on the program can be found HERE.  Applicants can also call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800 659 2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov..

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