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Gov Wolf Announces New Funding for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday  new funding is available for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week, the Governor said. 

Gov. Wolf has enacted stay-at-home orders for 10 counties now: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties, adding Lehigh and Northampton counties, to the list  effective at 8:00 p.m Wednesday, night.  All orders will continue until at least April 6, 2020.

“My top priority is to save Pennsylvania lives, then save their livelihoods. I am utilizing every resource available to assist Pennsylvania’s business during this incredibly difficult time, and this small business funding availability is a step in the right direction. It will help provide a little peace of mind to hundreds of small business owners and their employees,” Wolf said. “I will continue to develop ways to assist Pennsylvania’s business community, as well as our workforce. I also need every Pennsylvanian to step up and do their part. The best way we can preserve our economic future is by minimizing the spread of COVID-19.”

“In the wake of the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that state government is trying to respond to all manner of its impacts, and that includes providing support to our small business community,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. “The CFA took necessary and swift action to provide low interest loans to small businesses to help keep them afloat during these difficult times. I commend the leadership of Governor Wolf and the other caucuses of the General Assembly for working together so quickly to come up with a viable plan to provide this assistance.”

For the purposes of this program a retail or service enterprise is defined as a for-profit business entity that is involved in the business-to-business service, business-to-public service, mercantile, commercial, or point of sale retail sectors. An agricultural producer is defined as a business involved in the management and use of a normal agricultural operation for the production of a farm commodity. A “farm commodity” is any Pennsylvania-grown agricultural, horticultural, aquacultural, vegetable, fruit, and floricultural product of the soil, livestock and meats, wools, hides, furs, poultry, eggs, dairy products, nuts, mushrooms, honey products and forest products, according to release provided by the Governor’s office. 

“There’s been major disruption to small businesses and their employees,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “This is a bipartisan down payment to get some working capital out quickly. Much more help is needed and we’ll keep working on that.”
Eligible costs include working capital, which for purposes of this program is considered capital used by a small business for operations, excluding fixed assets and production machinery and equipment.

Any eligible working capital cost, as defined above, incurred by the eligible business enterprise three months prior to submission of the loan application will count as an eligible cost toward either the loan amount or, if applicable, the matching investment requirement. Retail / service enterprises are able to incur eligible working capital costs up to six months prior to submission of the loan application, officials said. 

All loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, click the link. 

Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

 

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Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured

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Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Takata Air Bags Still Under Recall

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Models flagged as being at an extreme risk are certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models containing so-called “alpha” airbags, and the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Also included are the 1999 BMW 323i and 328i, said in a Consumer Report dated July 10, 2024.

Do Not Drive warnings have been issued for these vehicles by NHTSA.

NHTSA said, a separate group of defective Takata air bags was recalled in late 2019. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, this recall involves non-azide driver inflators.

Consumer Reports said, a total of 67 million airbags have been recalled. As of April, 2024, NHTSA reports that 88 percent have been repaired/replaced, still leaving many millions of at-risk airbags on the road.

 

 

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Santarsiero, BCHIP to Host Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote Events

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) will host two keynote events, in partnership with the Blue Zones organization, to introduce Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area to the community.

On July 22nd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Wharf in Bristol Borough.  The keynote will be delivered by Margaret Brown from Blue Zones and will focus on the Lower Bucks area.

On July 23rd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Linksz Pavillion at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township.  The keynote will be delivered by Dan Buettner, Jr. from Blue Zones and will focus on the Central Bucks area.

Both events will include audience Q&A and will feature a panel of experts from the Blue Zones organization.

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: The Wharf, 100 Basin Street, Bristol

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Margaret Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: Bucks County Comm. College, Linksz Pavillion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Dan Buettner, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

Blue Zones is based on 20 years of research and scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health and happiness, from the longest-living communities in the world. During the Ignite phase of the partnership, Blue Zones will assess the current state of our Bucks area community’s well-being through engagement and education with local leaders and community members, culminating in recommendations for a full-scale transformation of our area to a Blue Zone.

Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area includes: Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Tullytown Borough, Morrisville Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Solebury Township, New Hope Borough, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Doylestown Borough, Plumstead Township, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Public RSVPs are requested online at https://www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/bluezonesignitebucksareakeynote/.

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