North Central Regional Planning Commission Receives $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant

North Central Regional Planning Commission Receives $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced this week $2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to five regions of Kansas hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the $2.5 million awarded to Kansas’ regional planning commissioners in July.

“Local Kansas leaders continue to tell me about the need for support for small businesses to ensure they get through the ongoing impacts of the economic slowdown and keep Kansans employed and Main Streets alive,” said U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D.  “By continuing to administer funds through the CARES Act, the Trump Administration continues to support Kansas business owners, making sure jobs remain in our communities and our economy continues its regrowth.”

The funding will go to organizations across Kansas to update economic development plans and fortify programs to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

North Central Regional Planning Commission in Beloit will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by hiring a full-time regional disaster recovery coordinator; working with local partners to provide remote and on-site technical assistance training to local businesses as part of an effort to boost the region's economy.

“The Trump Administration is eager to allocate these essential CARES Act funds and deliver on our promise to help American communities recover from the impact of COVID-19,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.  “I am proud of the perseverance and strength shown by our communities coast to coast throughout this pandemic, and these funds will help provide Kansas with resources to make a swift and lasting economic comeback.”

“These investments come at a crucial time to help Kansas’ and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  “We are pleased to make these investments in Kansas’ EDA Economic Development Districts to help them prevent, prepare, and respond to coronavirus.”