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Tucson Metro Chamber receives COVID-19 response grant

TUCSON (KVOA) - The Tucson Metro Chamber announced it has received a grant to address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release Tuesday, the Chamber said it is one of 28 Chambers throughout the state to receive a grant from the Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Grant Program last month by Governor Ducey.  It said chambers of commerce submitted proposals to the grant program to implement, or expand, any initiatives that support local businesses and accelerate local economic recovery related to COVID-19. 

According to the release Amber Smith, President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber, submitted the request for funding on behalf of members of the Chamber's Tucson Restaurant Advisory Council (TRAC), a group of restaurant owners and vendors that actively engage with each other, elected officials and their representatives, and business service professionals to help guide TRAC members from survival mode to economic recovery.  

“On behalf of our restaurant members, we have championed extension-of-use permits, drafted a local ordinance to reduce third party delivery fees, and brought in expertise otherwise inaccessible by many local restaurants.  This grant will help us fulfill our ongoing mission to guide our members through programs such as the “Keep Tucson Cooking” initiative, designed to reinforce the message of continued public support for local restaurants. In the coming weeks, PSAs, news releases, and media buys will run throughout Pima County through the COVID-19 pandemic and thereafter through the restaurants’ slowest part of the year". 

The Chamber said it will offer small business grants in 2021. These dedicated funds are limited and will be granted based on an established set of requirements. 

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