A Message to Our Members Regarding COVID-19

Posted on: March 17th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

Dear NADO members,

Last week was certainly one of the most unprecedented weeks our nation has ever experienced.  The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged all of our daily routines—school closures, offices moving to remote working situations, travel restrictions, business shut downs, and cancellations of major events and activities, including our 2020 NADO-DDAA Washington Conference.  What we are experiencing now will certainly have immediate and long-term impacts on all of our communities and regions.

At the NADO office we are doing our part to protect the health and safety of our staff and those we work with in and around Washington, DC.  As we move ahead over the coming days and weeks, we want to share the steps we are following in response to this pandemic.

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, all NADO staff will be working remotely. We are fortunate to have the technology necessary to allow us to continue to do our work seamlessly.  Please continue to reach out to us as normal.  If you do not have our emails or new phone numbers, please visit www.nado.org/about/staff (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org/about/staff) for our contact information.

Currently, NADO’s legislative team is working with Congressional leadership to advocate for the inclusion of additional funding for EDA in the third tranche of emergency funding that Congress is working on in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. So far, an initial tranche of emergency funding (HR 6074) (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6074/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6074%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=3) has been signed into law by the President, and a second tranche (HR 6201) (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6201%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2)  of supplemental funding has passed in the House. The third supplemental spending package is expected to focus on longer-term economic recovery and economic stimulus; this is where NADO is focusing our advocacy efforts.

NADO’s requests for supplemental EDA funding are primarily focused on:  EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance (including Revolving Loan Funds), EDA Planning Grants, and EDA Public Works; NADO is also continuing to advocate for EDA RLF defederalization. NADO encourages our members to provide feedback and input on what kind of funding would help their communities most during this uncertain time. We would also like to hear about any efforts you are making to provide support for small businesses and local organizations that are struggling with cash flow issues and revenue decline due to this public health crisis and the resulting economic downturn. Please email your input to Mirielle Burgoyne at [email protected] (mburgoyne null@null nado NULL.org) and Joe McKinney at [email protected]g (jmckinney null@null nado NULL.org)

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, NADO staff will not be travelling until further notice.  Fortunately, we do not have any major meetings or conferences on the books through the end of April.  We will continue to plan the Annual Training Conference, the National Regional Transportation Conference, and the National CEDS Forum.

All of our regular membership communications, such as NADO News, www.NADO.org (http://www NULL.NADO NULL.org), www.ruraltransportation.org (http://www NULL.ruraltransportation NULL.org), www.CEDSCentral.com (http://www NULL.CEDSCentral NULL.com), NADO Member Inquiries, and our social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) will continue as normal.  The NADO Research Foundation staff will continue to work on grant and contract deliverables.

We will continue to follow the guidance of various leading organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO (https://www NULL.who NULL.int/)), Centers for Disease Control (CDC (https://www NULL.cdc NULL.gov/)), the DC, Virginia and Maryland state and local governments, and other federal agencies.  We encourage you all to maintain your health and safety by taking various preventative measures including practicing social distancing, monitoring your health, frequent hand washing, and staying home.

I will be sure to let you know when we are back in the office.  In the meantime, I hope you and your staff and families are all safe and healthy.

Joe McKinney

NADO Executive Director

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