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The Tyngsborough Economic Development Office is pleased to share these updates in the areas of economic and workforce development as the Commonwealth continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses are encouraged to contact Town Planner & Economic Development Director Eric Salerno with any questions by email [email protected] or by phone 978-649-2300 x115.

RESOURCES FROM EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Businesses can still take advantage of the Work Share program. WorkShare is a program that offers a smart alternative to layoffs. Employees work reduced hours while collecting unemployment benefits to supplement their lower wages.

The Commonwealth’s Workforce Skills Cabinet has also launched a program called Rapid Reemployment to fund the scale-up of existing training vendors, partnering with employers and the MassHire Career Centers to train and place individuals impacted by COVID-19 for priority occupations to meet post-COVID-19 hiring demand. Read the RFP here. Learn more about Workforce Training Grants here.

MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM

MOTT recently launched a photo contest, #StateOfWonder, at VisitMA.com which will showcase locations throughout the Commonwealth. (Participants can earn prizes!)

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PPP LOANS

Minority-owned small businesses can still access PPP technical assistance via The Massachusetts Equitable PPP Access Initiative (MEPPPAI). These businesses should act now. MEPPAI is a coalition formed to provide timely and equitable access to forgivable federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration under the Paycheck Protect Program (PPP) for underbanked businesses and historically disadvantaged and underserved demographic groups, including businesses owned by women and people of color.

EMPLOYER VACCINATION PROGRAM

The Administration also previously announced a COVID-19 Employer Vaccination Program, which will provide employers with easy and convenient options to help their employees get vaccinated. You learn more about this program at  www.mass.gov/EmployerVaccine. Interested businesses can sign up to take advantage of the program.