Today is Census Day! The census is a survey taken every 10 years to get an overall look at communities all across the United States and how to better serve them. The census is used by lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others to help determine funding, congressional representation, and more.
Census data helps determine states' representation in Congress and federal funding, among many other things. Experts estimate each household that does not complete the Census survey costs our community about $1,675 in local and federal funding, per person, per year for 10 years.
Participate in Census Day and help OKC get a complete count of its residents so we receive our fair share of federal funding and more. Take the 2020 Census now!
As part of its commitment to document and share the history of Oklahoma County, the Special Collections & Research department of the Metropolitan Library System has announced the Oklahoma County COVID-19 Diary Project. The project will gather journals, diaries and other creative material from around Oklahoma County to help document the community’s experiences during the current crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.
Anyone interested in learning more or contributing to the community-wide diary project can contact the Special Collections & Research department via a contact form at metrolibrary.org/covid19diary.
Mayor David Holt amended the COVID-19 state of emergency proclamation in Oklahoma City to explicitly implement “Shelter in Place” through April 16. Today, the Mayor extended his "Shelter in Place" order through April 30 to follow state and federal guidance. What does "Shelter in Place" mean? Read more here. Read the proclamation here.
Stay engaged with the community by participating in Virtual Experiences throughout Oklahoma City. Check out what these local organizations are offering:
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art wants to provide you with a virtual experience of the Museum at okcmoa.com.
Bring artifacts into your classroom and homeschool through Virtual Hope Trunks from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Resources for Virtual Hope Trunks can be found here.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens has launched Botanical Broadcast which will feature daily engagements on their website.
Every Friday and Saturday night Factory Obscura will livestream two local acts from inside the Mix-Tape experience. Performances will be streamed on both Facebook and Instagram. Visit factoryobscura.com for more information on the series.
Art's Council's Art Moves streams a live performance every day at noon to offer a midday break while also supporting local artists. Follow their Facebook page in order to stream this content.
RESCOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration has released initial guidelines; they are available here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan. The full guide can be found here.
Yesterday, March 31, the Small Business Continuity Program was approved by City Council in Oklahoma City. This program is intended to help small businesses in Oklahoma City that are experiencing adverse effects from COVID-19 and assist in the retention of employees during a period of economic insecurity.
Applications will be accepted April 6 through April 17 for cash incentives, low interest, and no-interest loans and technical assistance. For more information and guidelines, read the press release here. The official website will be live with more information later this week at http://okcsmallbizhelp.com/.
RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES
We understand that COVID-19 is having a unique impact on certain elements of Oklahoma’s Workforce System. We have done our best to gather helpful information for those who may find themselves with questions surrounding unemployment.