“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
As I said in my last article, our economy is still recovering from the effects of COVID-19 and we have a long way to go but signs continue to indicate that we are headed in the right direction. Thank you to all our business owners that continue to stay the course and fight the fight to stay open. Please support our local businesses; when you purchase locally you are making an investment in our community. Sales tax goes towards overall city and county operations including road improvements, fire and police protection, economic development, parks, and the airport. Please – live life local.
Just a reminder, we have a COVID-19 Resources tab on our website at www.maconcounty.org. You can find information on programs and updates from Macon County Health Department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Center for Disease Control. A couple of items to note: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program closed on August 8, 2020; however, you can access loan details and forgiveness information through the link on our page. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is currently accepting applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and private nonprofit organizations. On a local level, in addition to and in support of our local lending partners, we have the Landfill Fee Loan program. This low interest loan program for small businesses located in Macon County is through the Industrial development Authority of the County of Macon Missouri and administered through our office. For more information on the program and to obtain an application please contact me, Sue, at Macon County Economic Development, 660-385-5627.
Even in these difficult times, businesses are looking to expand. Since the beginning of 2020, we have received nine project leads from the Missouri Partnership and we were able to submit Macon for consideration on one of those. A decision on location has not yet been announced and we remain hopeful that Macon will be chosen. We are also currently working on a possible project that would be large scale with substantial job creation; it is in the early stages and will take time to develop.
We recently had a consultant in town for a couple day to conduct an assessment of place. While here he met with several business and city officials and toured our area. Our goals of this effort is to take a meaningful step forward to driving job creation and increase tax ratables, increase the areas attractiveness to in-demand workers and the companies that hire them, and improve the quality of life for existing and future residents, business, and employees. The initial finding and comments are very positive, and we are looking forward to reviewing the full report. Stay tuned for more information.
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts and remember our best is yet to come.
Sue Goulder, Director
Macon County Economic Development