COVID-19 Resources

 

 

 

 

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County has created this page full of business and community information as it relates to COVID-19. Please share this page with others as you see fit. We’re updating frequently as new resources become available.

We understand that each individual and business is different – and we’re here to help. If you have a question, want to share information about your company’s situation, and/or are in need of resources, please contact us here.

This page will be continuously updated with business and community information & resources.

 

 

Shelter in Place Policy
On Saturday, March 21st, an Executive Order was signed for the State of Illinois that stated all non-essential businesses must stop operating until Tuesday, April 7, 2020. As of Tuesday, March 30th, the Exeuctive Order has been extended until Thursday, April 30th. Click here for a breakdown of what this order may mean for you.


BUSINESS FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Paycheck Protection Program
CARES Act – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Additional details will be released soon, but these guides are helpful to understand what to expect + how to prepare:

SBA Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on these loans, click here.

Bridge Loan Program
The Illinois State Treasurer has announced a bridge loan program.  For additional information on this program, please click here to connect to the Treasurer’s website or read the press release here.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan
Under the leadership of Governor JB Pritzker, DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000. Learn more here.

Macon County Emergency Response Fund for 501c3
Based upon the charitable structure of the Macon County Emergency Response Fund, these grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The Fund is for nonprofit organizations in Macon County. To learn more, click here

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
The Governor introduced a new relief fund to provide grants for both individual artists and art/cultural organizations. To learn more, visit: artsforillinois.org/donate-and-apply. A special thank you to IMA member, Exelon, for their contributions to starting this fund.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program
Macon County businesses that exist outside of Decatur city limits* may qualify for this program. Businesses must have 50 employees or less (including the owner). Private for-profit small retail and service businesses, or businesses considered non-essential by the Governor’s Executive Order without the ability for employees to work remotely.  For more details and to apply, click here.

*Businesses within the Decatur city limits are not currently eligible for this grant. However, the City of Decatur is examining whether they can repurpose some of their CDBG allocation to be used for short-term assistance for businesses inside city limits impacted by COVID-19. The City will make an announcement soon, after obtaining clearance from the federal government.


Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period
Governor Pritzker has joined colleagues in asking the White House to open a special enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to cover Americans during this challenge. Illinoisans recently laid off can enroll in the ACA now as the program allows those experiencing a qualifying life event to join. Learn more at: getcovered.illinois.gov.

IDES Unemployment Benefits
IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. To learn more, click here. To listen to the IDES Conference Call hosted on Tuesday, March 24, click here.

SBA Guide for Impacted Businesses
Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. To learn more, click here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Here is some guidance from the United States Department of Labor with regard to the new federal laws surrounding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This link provides a detailed Questions and Answers.

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and their partner, Scott Cruz and his law firm Greensfelder, have provided this article that includes information on tax credits for paid sick leave, the emergency paid sick leave act, and the family and medical leave expansion act. An additional breakdown of the tax credits from Plante Moran can be found here.

Legal Guidance: Work from Home, Employees Presenting Symptoms & More
Click here for answers to various questions all companies must know.

Sales Tax Deferral for Bars and Restaurants
To help alleviate some of the unprecedented challenges facing bars and restaurants due to COVID-19, Gov. Pritzker has directed the Department of Revenue to defer sales tax payments for more than 24,000 small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants — accounting for nearly 80% of all such entities statewide. Read more here.

Banking and Tax Payments
If your business has been affected and you are having difficulty meeting your loan obligations, please contact your bank or credit union on ways they can help you. We also suggest contacting your accountant to get information on tax return filing and payment extensions that may be available to you.

Business Operations, Human Resources and Legal Q&A 
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association have compiled answers for some of the most commonly asked questions and will continue to be updated as events unfold and laws change.

Working From Home Software
Although we may not be working at the office, there’s still lots of ways to connect and continue doing business. Here are some commonly used software platforms:

Additional Business Resources
Here are some additional helpful resources for your business:
COVID-19 Employee Rights Workplace Poster 

 

 

Macon County Health Department
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Macon County and preparedness resources, please visit the Macon County Health Department (MCHD) website

United Way’s 2-1-1
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers with free information and referrals for community services in Macon, DeWitt, Moultrie, Piatt & Shelby counties. If you’re looking for help and assistance, give 2-1-1 a call today. For more information, click here.

Requests for Essential Supplies
Illinois is facing a critical shortage of essential supplies needed by manufacturers, health care providers, and first responders. These include items such as N95 masks, gloves, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, and more. All of these products will be used in Illinois to help our local communities. Check out the links below if you’re able to donate supplies or meals.

  • Production or Donations of Life Saving Supplies
  • Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) – The State of IL is looking for donations of MREs.  Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD’s) like Salvation Army, American Red Cross, are asking for 1 million MREs. For more information, please contact Randy Prince with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association at rprince@ima-net.org.

Restaurant Guide
To help our local restaurants during the mandated COVID-19 shutdown, the City of Decatur has created a delivery and curbside guide.

Food Resources
Businesses and school districts have worked together to help provide food resources for families who may need it. Here is a list of food resources.

Coronavirus Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the COVID-19. Check out some of these listed scams to help you stay safe.

Crisis Counselors
Anxious about Coronavirus? If you are needing help and would like to talk to an anonymous crisis counselor, text HELLO to 741741 to connect.  For more information, click here.

State of Illinois Website

 

Economic Development Corporation of Decatur – Macon County Names Nicole Bateman President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECATUR, IL (March 12, 2020) – The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Decatur – Macon County today announced Nicole Bateman has been named President of the organization, effective May 1, 2020.  Bateman has been the Executive Director of the Midwest Inland Port since 2017 and Community Marketing Manager, Limitless Decatur & Macon County since 2015.

Current EDC President Ryan McCrady, has accepted a position as President / CEO for the Springfield-Sangamon Growth Alliance. Ryan, a Springfield area native, has worked with the EDC board over the last five years to activate a strong strategic plan that has been focused on building new jobs, population growth, reducing unemployment, expanding workforce training initiatives, and creating a stronger regional economic network. “I am grateful for the opportunities this community has provided and I have been extraordinarily proud of the growth the local economy has seen. The new position in Springfield affords me the opportunity to be closer to family,” commented McCrady. “Nicole has been a key player for this organization since 2015, and her leadership, along with board support, will continue to drive this community forward at record pace.”

In their new roles, Ryan and Nicole will continue to work together in a regional capacity. “I am honored to accept this position and believe this is a critical time for our region to continue to look for collaboration and growth strategies throughout our central Illinois gateway. My work with the Midwest Inland Port and Community Branding and Marketing, in conjunction with our collaborative partners, has brought recognition to  Decatur & Macon County as 2nd in the Nation for MSA Economic Strength, Top City to Watch, Top 25 City for Global Trade, and 3rd in the Nation as Emerging Logistics and Distribution Center,” commented Bateman.

With the strategic hire of Bateman as President, the Economic Development Corporation will continue to aggressively position itself. “This is good news for us all,” says EDC Board President Dennis Whalen. “With Ryan continuing to be a collaborative resource and Nicole driving our organization it puts us in a unique and strong position to strengthen our regional economics, and leverage the diverse competitive advantages of our region,” continues Whalen.

The organization is in the process of expanding its strategic plan and will continue to focus on key objectives such as the Job Growth, Midwest Inland Port, Community & Corporate Development & Retention, Community Marketing, and Education & Workforce Development.  For more information or questions please contact Brandy Poshard at the EDC at 217-422-9520.

About Economic Development Corporation for Decatur & Macon County
The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County (EDC) is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

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Cast Your Vote for Decatur-Made Products

 

 

 

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) recently announced Makers Madness, a brand new contest highlighting the innovative and diverse manufacturing sector in Illinois. In this bracket-style contest, you can vote for your favorite Illinois-made things every week.

Vote now through March 8th to get Decatur products into the First Round of the Top 16 Products. The list will then be narrowed to eight, and then narrowed to the Top 4 Coolest Products before announcing the champion on April 1st at a special ceremony in Springfield.

So, grab your foam finger and root for these Made in Decatur products:

  • ADM’s Bio-based FDME – The Ultimate Plastic from a corn-based molecule
  • Airfloat’s Aircaster – Easily move and position challenging loads on a film of air
  • Caterpillar’s 797F Large Mining Truck
  • Caterpillar’s Wheel Tractor-Scrapers
  • Prairie Farms’ Ice Cream
Voting is now open until 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 8th. Cast your vote now by clicking here

SBDC Info Session: Understanding the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act

Be prepared for grant opportunities! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. All grant applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements, which includes the following steps *before* receiving a grant award:

  • pre-qualification on the GATA Grantee Portal (must be completed before an entity can submit a grant application to the State of Illinois)
  • completion of two risk assessments (must be completed at any time before the issuance of a state award): fiscal and administrative – Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) and Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRAQ)

Each session will provide detailed information on all of the steps required as part of the GATA process + you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 
9 – 10 AM
Location: 
EDC of Decatur & Macon County – 101 S. Main Street, Suite 600, Decatur, IL 62523
Registration: 
Free to attend, registration is required to secure a spot – limited space (12 seats) available. All materials will be provided. RSVP here, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org.

United Express Jet Service Comes To Decatur This Spring

 

Daily United Express jet service, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will take off between Decatur (DEC) and Chicago (ORD) this spring.

Starting March 5, 2020, SkyWest will provide Decatur travelers access to United’s global network via the airline’s Chicago hub.

Tickets are available today at united.com. Read more about Decatur’s jet service here and learn more about how this service will help with the community’s economic development here.

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Announces Makers’ Madness Contest

 

 

 

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) recently announced Makers’ Madness, a brand new contest highlighting the innovative and diverse manufacturing sector in Illinois and the great jobs that are available today.

This online contest is designed to showcase amazing manufacturers and their fantastic products made in our state. Illinoisans will be able to nominate and vote for their favorite thing made in Illinois with a winner announced in April at a luncheon in the Governor’s Mansion.

We know our community is home to a lot of neat products and would love to see our local manufacturers participate. To learn more and nominate your favorite products, click here.

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center and the EDC as we co-host a free workshop on “Starting Your Business in Illinois.” The event will take place from 8:30 AM to 10 AM on Tuesday, February 25th at the EDC office (101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur).

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • feasibility checklist
  • sources of funding including financing and grant options
  • business formation and registering your business
  • how to create or improve your business and marketing plans
The workshop is free to attend but registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP here, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org.

Decatur, Macon County Recognized in Area Development’s ‘Leading Metro Locations’

Decatur, Illinois – Decatur and Macon County, Illinois have been recognized in five separate categories in the Area Development Magazine’s 9th Annual ‘Leading Metro Locations’ Report. Decatur placed 2nd in the Top MSA Economic Strength Indicator Factors; 2nd place in Top MSA Year-Over-Year Growth Factors (1 Year); 4th place in Top Overall MSA by MSA Size: Small; 8th place in Top MSA Economic Growth Factors (5 Years); and 17th in the Top 50 MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) Overall.

The report ranked 399 MSAs and Metropolitan Divisions throughout the nation on a per capita basis across 16 key indicators designed to measure economic growth over one and five-year spans. According to Area Development, these results do not rank who is the ‘best’ versus other MSAs in their category, but which MSAs are experiencing the greatest statistical growth over the last five years.

“The recognition by Area Development is a significant feather in the cap of our community and brings international attention to how businesses are successfully investing in Decatur and Macon County,” said Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County. “We continue to see positive trends in major economic indicators such as total employment and wages earned. The many infrastructure investments made in recent years are beginning to bear fruit, allowing us to use this momentum to realize sustained economic growth for our region.”

Decatur and Macon County’s five separate rankings placed in the top 20 out of 399 cities. A city/MSA can be listed in a maximum of six categories. Launched in 2011, the annual study takes into consideration a mix of key economic indicators, sourced from the Emsi, U.S. Census ACS, BEA and BLS, to measure and rank the economic trajectory and growth of the United States MSAs. In addition to overall rankings, the study also segments results by economic and regional groupings. For more information on the recognitions and Area Development, visit https://www.areadevelopment.com/Leading-Locations/Q4-2019/leading-metro-locations-full-results-2019.shtml.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1: Decatur – Macon County’s Rankings in Area Development Magazine’s ‘Leading Metro Locations’

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About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

 

Contact:
Ryan McCrady, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

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Celebrate International 3D Printing Day!

In celebration of International 3D Printing Day on December 3rd, the EDC will be hosting a 3D printing seminar with the leaders of the Illinois MakerLab at the Gies College of Business.

This will be an opportunity to learn how the application of 3D printing can help open new markets for your business and industry. The speakers will discuss how 3D printing has been applied to various industries and businesses. Also, 3D printers will be on site to help demonstrate these applications.

Ready to sign up for this fun luncheon? Click here. (The first 50 seats are FREE!)