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ACEC President/CEO appointed to the President Trump’s Great American Economic Revival Industry Group for Construction, Labor and the Workforce https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-announces-great-american-economic-revival-industry-groups/ 

It’s great to see ACEC get a seat at the table in the White House. ACEC is the sole association representative for the design side of the built environment.  This is a great confirmation of the pro-active advocacy and work being done by ACEC on behalf of our engineering profession.

SBA and Treasury have posted new documents to their respective PPP websites, including the latest update to the PPP FAQ document:

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loans: Frequently Asked Questions (Updated)
  • The Interim Final Rule announcing Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loans for the Paycheck Protection Program. This information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register.  The official version will appear in the Federal Register. 
  • SBA also released a slide deck yesterday summarizing PPP loan activity to date – note that the construction and professional services sectors have been heavy users of the program.  Through April 13, 2020, the SBA has guaranteed 1,035,086 loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information on loan activity, click here.
  • We are hearing of possible progress on a deal that includes an additional $250 billion for the PPP program. 

Implementing a National Return to Work Plan | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This is incredibly helpful. Lengthy but worth sharing and considering: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus/implementing-national-return-to-work-plan

A webinar with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and construction companies supporting response to COVID-19: https://www.usace.army.mil/Coronavirus/Industry-Information-Re-COVID-19-Support/

 

Please fill out the form to urge Congress to provide an immediate revenue backstop to State DOTs so they can continue to operate as normally as they can during the current national emergency: https://p2a.co/IWGHgf8

 

LOCAL

Governor Reeves announced this morning that the shelter-in-place order will be extended seven days to April 27.  He is, however, reopening lakes and beaches for personal use.  Though, social distancing guidelines and limiting groups to 10 or less must be followed.  Governor Reeves also is loosening some of the restrictions on some of the non-essential businesses, such as clothing stores, florists and salons, by allowing them to make sales on a drive by, pickup and delivery basis.

 

Restart Mississippi, a group from the private sector led by Joe Frank Sanderson to study and recommend on how the Mississippi economy gets going again: https://www.restartms.ms/

 

Legislators could grapple with expanded early voting when session resumes: https://mississippitoday.org/2020/04/16/legislators-could-grapple-with-expanded-early-voting-when-session-resumes/

 

“Engineers are critical to developing processes, facilities, and a range of infrastructure solutions that will lead us through to the other side of this pandemic. Their services are needed now more than ever.” – Linda Bauer Darr, ACEC President/CEO (March 18, 2020)