Economic News Courtesy West Alameda Business Association

Economic News Courtesy West Alameda Business Association

At a meeting set for today, Thursday, May 14, City Manager, Eric Levitt, will be seeking direction from the Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Panel on the creation of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. The proposed goal is to create a short- to mid-term plan to bolster economic recovery in Alameda as public health requirements shift and businesses start to reopen under a “new normal.”

Task Force Goals
Share information and promote federal, state and local resources available to the business community and the general public on prominent, regularly updated pages on the city’s website dedicated to resources for business and workers, and lists of restaurants and essential services that are open for businesses. 

In addition a webinar series conducted in partnership with local business associations and the Chamber of Commerce and Zoom town hall meetings with the city’s senior management and elected officials will be scheduled.

The new “At Your Service” program will help individual businesses with permits and connect individual businesses to SBA and other specific resource representatives through the Business Assistance Hotline.

Payments for business-license tax, business-improvement-area fees and transient occupancy tax will be deferred for 60 days.

Emergency zoning changes will be instated, for example, to extend business hours for food related services and to make curbside pickup easier. 

A Small Business Relief Grant Program offering emergency grants up to $7,500 to retailers, restaurants and other small businesses. Also included is a 90-day rent deferral for tenants in city-owned commercial properties, creation of a community fundraising mechanism and more. To learn more, see the full report at www.alamedaca.gov.