DED COVID-19 Information

These links will be to sites and resources for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department of Economic Development is partnering with Governor Ricketts to inform and assist businesses during Nebraska’s ongoing response to COVID-19. The links listed below provide an overview of these efforts from our agency, as well as the Departments of Labor, Insurance and Health and Human Services. Our team is committed to serving Nebraskans facing financial challenges during this time, and understands that local economic leaders will play an important role in creating regional solutions for businesses and their workforce. The department’s Field Services Team is working consistently with business leaders in these regions to address ongoing COVID challenges. Contact numbers for our staff in these regions are listed below.

If you are a business in need of assistance due to COVID-19, please contact the DED business representative in your area:
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Region Nebraska Counties DED Staff Phone Number Email
Western Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Perkins, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux Brittany Hardin 308-660-9111 brittany.hardin@nebraska.gov
Southwest Chase, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Red Willow, Thomas Ashley Rice-Gerlach 308-655-0919 ashley.gerlach@nebraska.gov
South Central Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Polk, Thayer, Webster, York Kelly Gewecke 308-627-3151 kelly.gewecke@nebraska.gov
North Central Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, Wheeler Sheryl Hiatt 402-340-6180 sheryl.hiatt@nebraska.gov
Northeast Antelope, Boone, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne Lyndsy Jenness 402-768-1407 lyndsy.jenness@nebraska.gov
Southeast Butler, Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Washington Deb Eggleston
Kris Benson
402-380-7253
402-840-0730
deb.eggleston@nebraska.gov
kristine.benson@nebraska.gov
All DED Contacts Found Here

CDBG Resources to Assist Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has allocated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist qualified businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding is currently available through DED’s CDBG Economic Development (ED) funding category. Businesses located in the city limits of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue and Grand Island are not eligible for this program. All counties are eligible if the business is located in their jurisdiction and not in the ineligible cities.

On March 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response. The guide outlines eligible activities for providing loans or grants to private, for-profit entities to support a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Activities include:

  • Supporting new businesses or business expansion to create jobs and manufacture medical supplies necessary to respond to infectious disease.
  • Avoid job loss caused by business closures related to social distancing by providing short-term working capital assistance to small businesses, to enable retention of jobs held by low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons.

Under this new guidance, CDBG ED may be able to assist two types of for-profit businesses:

    1. Businesses eligible for the Nebraska Advantage Act*, including:
      1. Manufacturers
      2. Scientific Testing
      3. Research and Development
      4. Targeted Export Services
    2. Businesses that provide essential goods and services to communities having at least a 51% or greater LMI population. Businesses providing such essential goods and services include:
      1. Grocery stores
      2. Pharmacies
      3. Hardware/home improvement stores, etc.

Eligible activities may include:

  • Direct Financial Assistance
  • Working Capital
  • Purchase of Machinery and/or Equipment (Fixed Assets)

Implementing CDBG for business assistance will require local governments (e.g., cities, villages, or counties) to apply on behalf of businesses in their jurisdiction. There are a number of federal requirements, including meeting a National Objective of creating or retaining jobs for LMI persons or benefiting residents in communities where the population is at 51% or more LMI.

*For more information about Nebraska Advantage, refer to the most recent brochure, https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/NE_Advantage2020.pdf.

For more information about CDBG ED, for which you may currently apply, refer to the 2019 Application Guidelines at https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019_Chapter-2_Economic-Development_20190719.pdf, or contact your local DED Field Staff representative by county:

Butler, Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Washington –
Deb Eggleston deb.eggleston@nebraska.gov 402-380-7253 or Kris Benson, kristine.benson@nebraska.gov, 402-840-0730

Antelope, Boone, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne – Lyndsy Jenness, lyndsy.jenness@nebraska.gov, 402-768-1407

Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Polk, Thayer, Webster, York – Kelly Gewecke, kelly.gewecke@nebraska.gov, 308-627-3151

Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, Wheeler – Sheryl Hiatt, sheryl.hiatt@nebraska.gov, 402-340-6180

Chase, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Red Willow, Thomas – Ashley Rice-Gerlach, ashley.gerlach@nebraska.gov, 308-655-0919

Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Perkins, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux – Brittany Hardin, brittany.hardin@nebraska.gov, 308-660-9111

 

For information about CDBG-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) resources, refer to https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/program/community-development-block-grant/#cdbg-cv.

Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Officials from the State of Nebraska and the Nebraska MEP are interested in connecting smaller-scale suppliers to meet the needs of local hospitals and medical providers. We have set up an online form to collect this information.

For manufacturers please visit https://go.unl.edu/criticalmanufacturing to register your company and list the products your company is able to produce in short deadlines.

For people in the medical community that want to access these companies and order needed supplies, please contact: Doug Carlson, Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Nebraska; doug.carlson@nebraska.gov or 402-471-0972

Contents:

Advice for Exporters

    • Maintain frequent contact with customers and in-country partners, while acknowledging that the partner’s business is likely also affected by the local virus situation
    • Scan partner country news outlets for information on government policies, supplier operations impacting your own business
    • Remain in contact with DED, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), and the United States Department of Commerce on relevant assistance programs

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Useful Links

International Travel

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory

  • *The U.S. State Department raised international travel advisory to Level 4: Do NOT Travel*
  • For a list of official travel restrictions to each country, please visit the International Air Transport Association at the following link.

IATA International Travel Document News

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Harvard Business Review

McKinsey & Company

Grant Thornton

Nebraska Export Information

Nebraska Import Information

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DED International Team Contacts

DED is here to assist and advise Nebraska exporters in navigating this process. Your contacts are:

Susan Rouch, Export Development Manager: susan.rouch@nebraska.gov

Cobus Block, International Business Manager: cobus.block@nebraska.gov

Taylor Bolam, International Business Associate: taylor.bolam@nebraska.gov

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