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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for April 23: More Iowa Small Business Relief grant recipients announced

A public health worker walks to retrieve supplies from his car while working at a coronavirus testing site at the Toledo
A public health worker walks to retrieve supplies from his car while working at a coronavirus testing site at the Toledo Juvenile Home in Toledo on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa National Guard opened a temporary testing site to test long-term care facility staff in Tama County. They anticipated testing over 350 individuals. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

More Iowa Small Business Relief grant recipients announced

A fifth round of Iowa Small Business Relief grant recipients was announced Thursday, has been announced, following the state receiving guidance from the U.S. Treasury on how states can use funding through the CARES Act.

Click here for the latest list of recipients.

Independence getting $40,000 for school buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a total of $300,000 to 10 Iowa school districts to replace 15 older diesel school buses.

Included is Independence Community Schools, which will get $40,000 for two buses.

The funds are part of $11.5 million to replace 580 buses for 157 school bus fleets in 43 states and Puerto Rico, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

“We believe protecting the health of our children and youth is one of our primary missions,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford. “Removing old diesel engines from our roads and replacing them with reduced-emission engines will provide further protection.”

The other Iowa school districts receiving funds are Akron-Westfield, Ballard, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Dallas Center-Grimes, Guthrie Center, Humboldt, Marshalltown, Sioux City and West Sioux.

HACAP Mobile Food Pantry dates/stops for next week

The HACAP Mobile Food Pantry will be at the North English Community Center Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

It will be at Kirkwood in Williamsburg next Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. It will be a drive-through format. It is for anyone who would qualify for any type of assistance. You do not need proof of that to participate.

The pantry has partnered with Iowa County Transportation to do deliveries for anyone in Iowa County that can’t make it to Kirkwood that day. If you would like delivery, please email marci.mohr@kirkwood.edu or contact Iowa County Transportation at icot@iowatelecom.net or call them at 319-642-7615.

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The pantry also will be at the Monticello Public Library next Monday from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and at the Belle Plaine Community Center next Wednesday from 11 a.m.-noon.

Linn County Public Health to Host Virtual Town Hall Friday

Linn County Public Health will be host another COVID-19 virtual town hall Friday, at noon.

It will be held via GoToMeeting and focus on information for businesses, including best practices and resources available for assistance. Jasmine Almoayyed from the City of Cedar Rapids — COVID-19 Business Continuity and Recovery Branch, Heather Meador and Dustin Hinrichs from Linn County Public Health, and Lacey Hogan from Alliant Energy will provide information and answer questions.

Community members are encouraged to submit their questions related to the topic of business information via email to LCPH.meetings@linncounty.org with subject line “Friday Virtual Town Hall” by 5 p.m. Thursday. Questions may also be asked during the town hall by using the chat function in the GoToMeeting.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by going to the GoToMeeting link and following the prompts.

The meeting can also be accessed by dialing in from a phone. Call +1 (786) 535-3211 and enter Access Code: 222-287-269.

Mother’s Day Showcase at Noelridge Greenhouse now online event

The annual Mother’s Day Showcase at Noelridge Greenhouse has transitioned to an online sales event. Thousands of plants are normally sold at the showcase, but will now be available to purchase online.

Click here for more information.

ABI Foundation’s Business Horizons 2020 program canceled

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Foundation’s Business Horizons 2020 program to be held July 19-23 at Central College in Pella has been canceled.

Typically, more than 75 high school students and 100 volunteers from across Iowa attend the event.

Applicants accepted this year will be refunded participation fees in full.

“While it wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, we look forward to using this time wisely,” said Jessi McQuerrey, director of programs at the ABI Foundation. “We’ll be considering opportunities to exemplify the mission and goals of Business Horizons in creative ways that engage our audiences, strengthen our statewide partnerships and add value to students and families.”

Cloth masks available to Iowa City Transit users

From the Coralville Courier:

Iowa City has collected roughly 175 cloth masks that transit users can have for free.

The masks are available at the city’s parking office at 335 Iowa Avenue until supplies run out. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. One mask is allowed per customer.

Webinar for thriving in post-pandemic business climate

A live webinar with Julie Zielinski, the vice president of marketing and strategy for Iowa’s Entrepreneurial Development Center, will be held Friday at 2 p.m.

To register, click here.

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The webinar is presented by the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, Think Iowa City, the Iowa City Downtown District, and the Iowa City Area Development Group.

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