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For the communities we serve as economic developers, there is no doubt we are in uncharted territory. The spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the Commonwealth and the businesses we serve in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

What we can imagine, though, is the other side of this crisis.

What we can imagine is how to support each other.

What we can imagine is coming together as professional economic developers to find ways to help lift our communities and businesses, our friends and neighbors, out of challenging times.

What we can imagine is charting a way forward.

Now more than ever our communities need the leadership and knowledge of professional economic developers.

And that is what the Virginia Economic Developers Association can provide.

Please bookmark this page. Share it. Use it.

We will be sharing the resources you can use and share with your communities here in real time. You can share too! Here’s how: Click on the Forum link on this page (be sure to login as a member) and post your news, information, resources, and best practices. Instructions for Forum Users.

In the coming days and weeks, we will also be working to share some best practices and stories of the innovative ways businesses are addressing today’s crisis in hopes that it provides hope and ideas for others.

Thank you for your leadership as professional economic developers in your communities.

Together we will get through this. Together we will rebuild the losses our businesses, communities, regions and state have faced.

Together we will chart a way ahead.

Stay strong.

Virginia Economic Developers Association Executive Committee
-Jim Noel, York County Economic Development (VEDA President)
-Amanda Glover, Sapience, LLC (VEDA Vice President)
-Steve Harrison, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (VEDA Treasurer)
-David Manley, Joint IDA of Wythe County (VEDA Secretary)
-Stephanie Landrum, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (VEDA Immediate Past President)


October 6, 2020

10/5/20 UPDATE: ALX B2B Round Two Application Window Extended + Conflict Resolution Sign Up Info

October 1, 2020

Virginia Launches New Open Data Portal to Enhance COVID-19 Response and Recovery

September 28, 2020

Governor Northam Announces More Than $8.4 Million to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Response Efforts in Rural Virginia

Governor Northam Announces More Than $1.7 Million for Projects That Help Virginians Impacted by COVID-19 on the Peninsula

September 25, 2020

VHA Updates & Information

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update

September 22, 2020

We're wrapping up A Pandemic Workforce – Continuing the Conversation webinar series this Thursday!

September 21, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

September 17, 2020

Applications Open: GO Virginia – Re-tooling Virginia Manufacturers for Strategic Industries, Phase 1 Program

September 5, 2020

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

September 1, 2020

Augusta County Announces Additional Disaster Recovery Grant Round with Expanded Eligibility

August 4, 2020

Waynesboro - Rebuild VA Grant Fund & More

July 31, 2020

SBSD Events - Webinars Offered in August 2020

Refocus & Rebuild Weekly Webinar Series August-October 2020

July 29, 2020

TSS Virginia: Coronavirus Update 7.28.20

Federal Alert: A first look at the Senate legislative proposal

Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Contain COVID-19 in Hampton Roads Region

Governor Northam Announces $644.6 Million in Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund Dollars Distributed to Local Governments

July 28, 2020

SMART INCENTIVES Waiting for the World to Change

Federal Alert: Next COVID-19 Bill Update

Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

July 27, 2020

Tomorrow: DOLI Emergency Business Regulation & What It Means For Virginia Businesses

July 24, 2020

EDA Update: Fraud Alert!

IEDC Webinar: Towards a More Resilient, Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery

Why Child Care Should Be Part of Your COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

Retraining Initiative in Virginia

Clean Energy Virginia - A Webinar Series

July 22, 2020

VT Economic Development Newsletter

DOLI Emergency Business Regulation & What It Means For Virginia Businesses

SBSD PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar Series

July 20, 2020

Financial Assistance for Newport News Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

DOLI Emergency Business Regulation & What It Means For Virginia Businesses

Community Marketing- Post COVID-19 - Recording Available

July 16, 2020

Guest Column - Courtney Malveaux: Virginia Passes First-In-Nation OSHA Standard for COVID-19

UPCOMING WEBINAR : New DOLI Emergency Business Regulation & What It Means For Virginia Businesses

Virginia Adopts First-in-the-Nation Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic

New Amherst County CARES Act Small Business Grants

July 12, 2020

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Weekly COVID-19 Update

Keeping Your Distance at Work: How is your workplace managing social distancing?

Looking to Buy PPE?

July 6, 2020

GENEDGE Leverages Federal CARES Act Appropriation to Accelerate Statewide Response for Reshoring Critical Industries in Virginia

July 2, 2020

Do you use PPE materials for your products?

Governor Northam Announces More Than $4.2 Million to Stimulate Economic Recovery in Virginia’s Appalachian Region

GENEDGE Reopening: Ready or Not?

Franklin Southampton: COVID-19 Weekly Update


Information from the Governor's Office  Coronavirus (COVID-19) In Virginia

AEDP:  9/30/20 UPDATE: ALX B2B Round Two Application Open, Free Conflict Resolution Training, Finance Special Hours

Rebuild VA has expanded its eligibility criteria

AEDP: 9/24/20 UPDATE: ALX B2B Round Two Updates, ALX Outdoor Activation Webinar

AEDP: 9/23/20 UPDATE: Alexandria Outdoor Activation Webinar

AEDP: 9/21/20 UPDATE: Rebuild VA Grant Update

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

ManassasGrant Program Expanded to Support More Businesses

AEDP: 9/16/20 UPDATE: Grant Opp for Black-Owned Businesses, ALX B2B Round Two Handout, 2020 Small Biz Credit Survey

Franklin Southampton: Small Business Grant Opens at 9 AM TODAY (9/14/20)

COVIDWISE Virginia Department of Health

AEDP 9/9/20 UPDATE: ALX B2B Round Two, Conflict Resolution Training, Tax Due Date Extension

AEDP 8/31/20 UPDATE: ALX Promise Training in Spanish, Dominion Energy EnergyShare Small Business Relief Program

Waynesboro: Announcing the Renaissance Fund Round Two

DHCD: Rebuild VA! Small Business Grants Program

New Amherst County Grant

Newport News: Additional Resources for Local Small Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

7/27/20 UPDATE: Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund, ALX Business Webinar

Augusta County Announces Disaster Recovery Grants for Sole Proprietors

AEDP COVID-19 Business Resource Update: New State Workplace Standards & Unannounced Food Service Inspections

VACORP Risk Control Guidance on Infectious Disease: COVID-19

Protect Yourself from Cyber Threats in a Telecommuting World

Newport News Resources for Small Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roanoke County Grant Program
Grand Program Information Flyer
Grant Program Application

Virginia's Return to School Plan

Virginia's Higher Education Reopening Guidance

Local Self-Reliance list of Small Business Grant programs by State utilizing CARES Act funds

Waynesboro City Creates RENAISSANCE FUND

Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting PAY LATER CONSULTING SERVICES NOW

Waynesboro City Council has allocated $100,000 for small business grants

Business Interruption Grants under Title V of the CARES Act

Loudoun County: Acceptance of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding

COVID-19 Resources: CDBG Small Business Recovery Assistance

Available Now: COVID-19 PPE Manufacturing Playbook

National Main Street Program

  • Here is the main COVID-19 resource page from National Main Street.
  • There is a separate page with the interactive map as well as the publication of the survey results.


  • CDBG COVID-19 landingpage including webinar, FAQs, fact sheets, and any future information yet to be published.
  • DHCD Podcast - has several COVID-19 posts to include VMS/Small business support, Homeless and Special Needs Housing, CDBG,  building official input on operating virtually, as well as fair housing and general DHCD response.

GO Virginia

  • The Virginia Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) board  recently created the $14.66 million Economic Resilience and Recovery Program to assist regions with the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on regional economies. More details on the program can be found on the GOVA landing page here.

Commonwealth Connect

  • Commonwealth Connect recently created a wi-fi hotspot map for public use in addition to providing other broadband resources. It can be found on the Commonwealth Connect landing page here.

GENEDGE: Medical Device Resources

GENEDGE: Site for manufacturers re COVID and setting up a platform for companies who would like to make PPE and buyers

Virginia WiFi Hotspot Map

CDBG COVID-19 Fact Sheet

CDBG COVID-19 Response Document

CDBG Public Hearing Requirements and Allowances

CDBG COVID-19 Episode of the Partners for Better Communities Podcast (April 13, 2020)

VCC CARES Resource Page

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rurual Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

SBA Webinar WMADO Presentation 04.09.20

FAQs Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Housing Virginia - Our new COVID-19 Resources Toolkit

SBA Small Business Guide Update April 4

Using CDBG Resources in Response to COVID-19

SBA Approved 7a Lenders in Virginia

Creative EDC will provide free COVID-19 BRE surveys for up to 10 EDOs each week and reduced rates for back office services through the end of May. Learn more... 

Virginia Cooperative Extension has a COVID-19 resource page that may be useful for ED pros who're working with agricultural and food businesses in their communities:

GIS WebTech will provide free COVID-19 Impact Planning Reports to all VEDA members
GIS WebTech is offering to provide free COVID-19 Impact Planning Reports to all VEDA members. These reports do not include infection rates but rather provide helpful demographic data in the form of a two-page infographic package, and come in pdf, image and HTML files. Please see www.giswebtech.comfor more information and to request your free report.  Statewide Report

VML’s COVID-19 Resources

Defense & Intelligence Innovation Exosystem; COVID-19 Response Contract Vehicles;  Department of Defense, Health & Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration

HAK COVID-19 Resource Center:

Your Next IEDC COVID-19 Webinar: Demystifying Financial Programs & Resources

Consociate Media Rural Virginia Economic Relief Example Program
Greetings to all my favorite economic developers and rural loving ladies!

Wanted to share this recent information with you all in case it can help others be inspired about ways to support small businesses in this crisis.

This just in from Gloucester Main Street: Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Partners with Gloucester Revolving Loan Fund to Create a Zero Interest Emergency Loan Fund for Small Businesses

SBA Fact Sheets: VA (English) 16359 EIDL Fact Sheet, VA (Spanish) 16359 EIDL Fact Sheet

McGuireWoods Consulting: Coronavirus (COFID-19) Facts and Resources, Virginia State and Local Action on COVID-19

Virginia Chamber'sCOVID-19 Resource Center

IEDC COVID-19 Update
Yesterday (March 24), IEDC hosted over 1600 registrants on what will be the first in a series of webinars responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Our speakers, led in a discussion by Eloisa Klementich of Invest Atlanta, shared thoughtful insights into what is currently happening and how it relates to previous disasters and crises. Bill Allen, Mike Williams, Jeff Sjostrom and Mike Grella presented information from their own experiences and helped field many (many) questions. We’re working on creating a ‘FAQ’ with the questions and hope to push those out soon Click Here to Download Recording

Franklin Southampton Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

NEWS: Additional COVID-19 RESOURCES for Alexandria Businesses & Commercial Property Owners

New COVID-19 RESOURCE for Alexandria Businesses & Commercial Property Owners

Hear area leaders+ Attorney General in COVID-19 Webinar Wed., March 25

Legal Resources by Williams Mullen

Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

For additional support, applying for EIDL funds you may contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). For SBDC contact information use the following link:

Council of Development Finance Agencies
Development finance has always been at the forefront of recovering from natural disasters and economic challenges. CDFA's new COVID-19 Resource Center is a collection of financing programs and resources to address disaster relief and recovery.

CDFA developed this COVID-19 Resource Center to serve as a central hub of everything the development finance world is doing to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The resource center includes a State Response Map, which has financing programs and related headlines for all 50 states, information on CDFA's Comprehensive Recovery Strategy, up-to-the-minute news, federal, state, and local resources, and more.

Pepper Hamilton LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Pepper Hamilton LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP have developed a dedicated Resource Center to guide clients through this unprecedented global health challenge. They will regularly update this page with COVID-19 news and developments, recommendations from leading health organizations, and tools that businesses can use free of charge.

They have also assembled a COVID-19 Task Force of Pepper Hamilton and Troutman Sanders attorneys who are available to help companies navigate this evolving public health crisis. They represent diverse practice areas and industries, across multiple geographies.

Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)
SEDC’s "COVID-19 Resources for Businesses" page features links to federal agencies that will be assisting businesses, health-related links for up to date information from reliable sources, and some links to help us cope as individuals.

In addition, they have a section on information and programs from the 17 states in the SEDC region so you can see what other states are doing to assist businesses.

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Main Street America

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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