Courtesy of the City of San Juan Bautista:
At its Special Meeting April 14, the San Juan Bautista City Council approved the allocation of a $20,000 emergency fund to include a part-time staff position dedicated to helping businesses during the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus.
This virtual economic development office will support every business in town to apply for and receive state and federal assistance during this emergency. As such, the position includes “Disaster Services Worker” in the “Community Liaison” job title.
The first job for this new hire is to train and become certified from FEMA’s incident command training system. This certification will make the new position 100% eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
At the same time, there are many different webinars available to bring this position up to speed on the latest relief opportunities. City Manager Don Reynolds states “that after considering various ways to help local businesses survive this emergency, the best way for the city to help is to provide a qualified part-time staff position to help business owners navigate the complicated systems and access the various programs, loans and grants.”
This position will be especially helpful as communities plan to relax the Shelter in Place policies and slowly shape the new economy.