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    Gov. Reynolds announces small business relief for bars and taverns in 6 counties

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    Kim Reynoldshttps://governor.iowa.gov/about-the-governor
    As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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    This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

    Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program will be reopened to provide relief grants to bars, taverns and other establishments impacted by the Aug. 27, 2020 COVID-19 disaster proclamation that closed bars in six counties — Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk and Story County. Eligible businesses will receive a one-time $10,000 grant to assist with cash flow. 

    “One of our goals since day one of this pandemic has been to provide appropriate and timely economic relief to the businesses most impacted by COVID-19,” Gov. Reynolds said. “A business that is forced to close, even temporarily, means a business owner, workers and families are affected. This short-term program can help bridge the gap for those local businesses as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19.” 

    The extended program will be open to bars, taverns, breweries, distilleries, wineries or other establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises. Those businesses not in good standing with the Alcoholic Beverages Division, Department of Inspections and Appeals or Department of Revenue will not be eligible for the grants. 

    “We’re pleased to be able to provide a rapid response to assist our businesses in today’s constantly-evolving environment,” said Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham. “The new reiteration of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant program now offered as the Business Disruption Relief program will provide immediate cash flow assistance to hundreds of establishments who have been closed due to the continued public health emergency.”  

    As before, the reopened Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program will be administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The application period will begin Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 and be open for two weeks. More information can be found at iowabusinessrecovery.com.

    The program will be funded with CARES Act dollars and is estimated to cost $5 million. 

    This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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