On Thursday, April 2, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 23 requiring all Tennesseans to stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities. Lee’s previous order, issued March 30, urged, but did not require, citizens to stay home. He said he changed course after seeing data showing people were not heeding his plea. Here is the news release on the Governor’s website.
On Monday afternoon, March 30, Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 22. The Order closed “non-essential businesses for public use.” Attachment A of the order lists “Essential Services.” Please read the entire order. Our office is doing its best to better understand the order and its implications. Please rely on your business attorney to give you legal guidance. As we know more, we will share it with you. Thank you for all you are doing during this chaotic, uncertain time.
The President this afternoon signed into law the CARES Act. The Act includes, but is not limited to, Income for American Families, Small Business Assistance, Assistance to Distressed Job Creators, Ensuring Access to Care for All Americans, Direct Funding to Combat the Pandemic. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the Act. We also advise that you consult your lawyers and accountants to determine how the Act applies to your business and employees. We are sharing with you three documents:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a memorandum and guidance on what businesses and workforces are considered essential during COVID-19. The director of the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency issued the memo along with a document indentifying essential business sectors and workforces.
Information can be accessed at www.cisa.gov
Follow the CDC COVID-19 guidelines for businesses and employees. Here’s the latest from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
Our local first responders, hospital staff, and all involved in the healthcare chain who are testing, transporting, and treating COVID-19 patients here need your help.
First, stay at home. Don’t be that next patient added to their overload.
Second, donate to the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce PayPal fund to feed the health care workers.The Chamber and local food providers literally get last-minute calls to feel 160 or more people who cannot leave their jobs because they are working with COVID-19 patients.
There are other facebook folks organizing ways to help healthcare workers and others in our community. The Gallatin Chamber is trying to share all those efforts with you on their facebook page.
Also, watch Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown’s virus updates here.
City offices are closed to the public; however, essential services are being provided and certain business can be conducted electronically, vie email, or by phone. The City will conduct Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and certain other public meetings - but will conduct them remotely and electronically. You can find more information on both the City’s home page or the page specific to COVID-19.
Loans will be available to small businesses with COVID-19 economic injury. Governor Lee has announced that he has submitted a request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable or other bills that can’t be paid due to the disaster’s impact. Interest rates for the loans are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations.
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A 217-year-old city doesn’t stay alive simply by existing. It stays alive because it grows. Smart growth. Pro-active growth. Gallatin balances the ability to welcome the new, but also politely say “no thank you” to something that we know won’t thrive here. #GallatinTn is going up across the board: population, economy, and investment. We’re truly a city that invests in itself. Our mission is a resilient and diverse economy.
Recognized as one of the top “power suburbs” in the United States, Gallatin boasts high-paying jobs and low taxes. Economic health, rich in education excellence, a thriving arts scene, and a vibrant retail environment make Gallatin a hub for family life. And a big plus: we’re 23 miles northeast of downtown Nashville, a city filling with young professionals and big-name businesses. Amazon. AllianceBernstein. Ernst & Young. Lyft. Warby Parker.
The COVID-19 Pandemic may have moved us inside until the danger passes, but that does not stop companies from considering where they might launch their new venture. Gallatin is still open for companies wanting to start the dialogue for a future location. Check us out online first by flipping through our 2020 Gallatin Economic Development book.
If you're driving around town and see all the construction, then wonder, "What's going on there? What will that be?" - then here's a way to find out: a listing of new developments approved and/or under construction. If you still have questions, give us a call.