Denver dedicates funding to benefit small business
Denver launches the Priority Neighborhood Small Business Fund (PNSBF), a grant program to support micro and small businesses located only within priority neighborhoods identified by Denver Economic Development & Opportunity’s (DEDO) division of Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST). The neighborhoods of East Colfax, Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood are some of the city’s most under-represented communities to experience rapid socio-economic changes and are the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PNSBF is an extension of DEDO’s highly successful Small Business Emergency Relief Fund (SBERF), a citywide grant program that to-date has distributed $7 million benefiting nearly 1,100 small businesses.
“Small businesses are a big part of the heart and soul of Denver’s neighborhoods,” said Eric Hiraga, Executive Director, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity, “we are allocating Coronavirus relief funds specifically for these historically underserved neighborhoods as we want to ensure that they have access to the resources they need to help them survive through this pandemic.”
The PNSBF’s Phase 1 of grant funding will distribute $1M to about 125 micro and small businesses. The program will provide one-time grant assistance up to a maximum of $7,500 per grantee, to eligible micro and small businesses within the 10 NEST neighborhoods.
The funds for the program are provided from the city’s allocation of federal COVID-19 dollars under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). A range of city agencies are involved in delivering services under this award, with DEDO managing the small business and nonprofit grants, and the free PPE program.
Applications for the PNSBF are open from August 10 through September 11, and awards are expected to be announced the week of September 28.
Sheep tests positive for rabies
Public Health received information on Tuesday, August 4, from a homeowner in the Elbert, Black Forest area, that one of their sheep was experiencing symptoms of rabies following an attack by pack of aggressive coyotes. Public Health was notified today that the sheep tested positive for the rabies virus.
Public Health is asking citizens in the Elbert, Black Forest area to be vigilant of wild animals, especially coyotes, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. It is important for people bitten or scratched by a wild animal to contact their doctor and Public Health immediately. Preventive vaccination is available for people known or suspected to have been in contact with a rabid animal.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced $15.9 million in discretionary funding for its High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program, adding to the $266 million provided in baseline funding released earlier this year. Combined, this represents the highest award level ever for the HIDTA program. This new allocation of discretionary funds expands the HIDTA Overdose Response Strategy (ORS)—a public health-public safety partnership designed to reduce overdoses and save lives—to all 50 states.
Governor Jared Polis extended Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order extending relief to public utility customers to mitigate, respond to, and recover from the current economic disruption due to the presence of COVID-19 in Colorado.
The Governor extended an Executive Order providing boards of county commissioners with broader discretion and greater flexibility to implement restrictions on open burning.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock last week appointed James Fisher as Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver.
“James is a well-respected leader and attorney who brings 20 years of experience in all levels of government as well as private practice in such areas as employment and labor law, education law, civil rights, and public projects,” Mayor Hancock said. “As Deputy City Attorney, James will support Denver City Attorney Kristin M. Bronson in managing one of the largest, most well-respected public law offices in Colorado. We look to leverage his breadth and depth of experience in this new role for James at the City.”