The Anchorage Downtown Partnership Ltd. (ADP) is proud to serve as an advocate for businesses and property owners within the DID in the midst of uncertainty and economic impact from COVID-19. ADP’s Ambassadors have been identified by the State of Alaska (SOA) as critical infrastructure and are still working on patrolling and sanitizing our downtown. For assistance, call or text us at (907) 297-4471.
During this time are there changes to a local policy that would support your business? If you have ideas, please share them with Amanda at aMoser@AnchorageDowntown.org
Check out these resources for up-to-date information on COVID-19:
Ways you can continue to support our small and local businesses during this time:
- Wear a mask.
- Get vaccinated.
- Shop online or via phone.
- For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in.
- If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later.
First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the Anchorage downtown economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.
Economic Resiliency Task Force (ERTF)
ADP’s Executive Director Amanda Moser was appointed to the Municipality of Anchorage’s (MOA) Economic Resiliency Task Force (ERTF), which is tasked with providing critical economic strategic support, perspective, and guidance to the Municipality of Anchorage during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery. ADP along with, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Visit Anchorage, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, BOMA, Girdwood Alliance, UAA Center for Economic Development, Alaska Small Business Development Center, CHARR, Alaska Hospitality Retailers, and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation are all part of the ERTF. The Force was formed to work together to support the community by helping to develop targeted support efforts for the business community and workers of Anchorage. In this capacity, Amanda serves on a Local Policy Committee, which is focused on how the Municipality of Anchorage can support local businesses.
The ERTF is acting to help shape the mitigation and recovery efforts to make them as effective and timely as possible. Such unity of purpose might be rare, but federal, state and local governments are fully committed to the best possible policy response.
Municipality of Anchorage News
Financial Relief Opportunities!
Rent & Utility Assistance – Renters who are struggling to pay their bills and have been financially impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance. Municipal residents are invited to visit AlaskaHousingRelief.org now to use an eligibility checker and to pre-register to receive a notification when applications are accepted. The window to submit applications to AHFC is February 16 at 8:00 a.m. until March 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Apply at https://alaskahousingrelief.org or call (833) 440-0420,
SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program – The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:
- For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the share of funding is up nearly 60%
- For businesses in rural communities, the share of funding is up nearly 30%
- The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up more than 40%.
COVID-Focused Financial Navigator – A new COVID-focused financial navigator program helps connect Alaskans with relief programs, financial counseling and job training, and more. It’s available at finnav.org/anchorage or by calling 2-1-1. The financial navigator provides guidance over the phone to help residents access available programs and services to manage income disruptions and other financial concerns.