Community Matters A newsletter from the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Community Development April 3, 2020
Sullivan Census Promotion Needs a Boost! Response is lagging; Worst in State
Sullivan County has the next lowest census self-response rate in New York State with the exception of Hamilton.
A lot of things may be paused right now, but the Sullivan County Complete Count Committee is still working hard to make sure that everyone counts in the 2020 Census. Sullivan County had one of the lowest response rates in the State during the 2010 Census and while we’re hoping to change that initial response has been poor. As of March 31, Sullivan County shows a household self-reporting response rate of 15%, less than half the State average. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken away most opportunities for census outreach and assistance, so help is needed more than ever to get the word out. Those with internet access can go online at www.my2020Census.gov to complete the form; others can call in their response to 844-330-2020 or use the printed form. Every household must complete the census regardless of whether they receive an invitation or paper form in the mail. Many Sullivan households have not received a mailing, and should not wait to receive one before they respond.
For those looking for educational opportunities for their children now being home-schooled, the Census Bureau has curriculum and resources for every grade level. Share these links with your audiences, on your website or social media, and help get out the count!
Tell Sullivan County How COVID-19 Has Impacted Your Business
Sullivan County’s economic development agencies are working together to harness all available resources to help local businesses hurt by the New York State PAUSE. Help us identify the areas of greatest need and assistance by completing, or asking businesses to complete, this questionnaire. Please click below to fill out the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business - Impact Assessment Questionnaire. Businesses are asked to kindly fill out the survey by April 3, 2020.
Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. More information is available on LISC's website. Round 1 applications are due April 4th.
The Sullivan County Division of Planning has compiled a page on the County website dedicated to funding resources for businesses, employers, and others. The page is updated daily with the newest resources from State and Federal sources as they come to us.
Purchase a Gift Card, Support Your Favorite Local Business!
Sales are down. Jobs are at risk. Even with many restaurants promoting take-out services, revenues for Sullivan County’s hospitality businesses have fallen to a small fraction of what they should be. Gift certificates are one way to support local businesses during this time of crisis and the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association has launched a program to make it easy to buy gift certificates online for all of its members. Plus, for every $100 spent the SCVA is adding a $25 bonus. This is news everyone can use.