May 6, 2020
Washington Coronavirus Response
Source: Washington Department of Commerce, May 6, 2020 The Business and Workers update is a weekly newsletter providing news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is compiled by the state Economic Resiliency Team (ERT), part of the Joint Information Center at Camp Murray. Gov. Inslee announces Safe Start […]

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May 1, 2020
Member Profile #2- Michael Smith, Impact Bioenergy
Source: Michael Smith, May 1, 2020 CleanTech Alliance members are combating the coronavirus and adapting to its challenges every day.   In an effort to inspire and connect our members in these difficult times, the CleanTech Alliance is publishing a series of profiles to highlight how are members are adjusting to this new normal.  You can read our first profile on Eric […]

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April 29, 2020
PPP Progress Report
Source: US Small Business Administration, April 29, 2020 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Progress Report Yesterday morning the SBA resumed processing PPP loans with additional funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act signed into law April 24. The following is a national snapshot progress report of PPP loan approvals made yesterday through this morning:   […]

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April 27, 2020
CEBN: Update on federal small business relief programs
Source: Clean Energy Business Network, April 27, 2020 We wanted to make sure you were aware of several updates impacting small businesses in light of recent congressional action. CEBN has updated its COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center to reflect new developments, and a summary of key updates are below: 1. Paycheck Protection Program Reopens: The Paycheck Protection Program reopened this morning with […]

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April 23, 2020
Clean Energy Business Network Newsletter- April 23
Source: Clean Energy Business Network, April 23, 2020  The CEBN has created a COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center, which aggregates federal, state, and other financial relief resources for businesses. We have also launched a survey to assess COVID-19 impacts to clean energy businesses and inform the path forward. This week, Congress approves a $484B COVID-19 package, CEBN […]

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April 22, 2020
106,000 Jobs in Clean Energy Lost in March Due to COVID-19 Economic Crisis
Source: E2, ACORE, E4TheFuture, and BW Research Partnership, April 15, 2020 More than 106,000 clean energy workers lost their jobs in the month of March, and hundreds of thousands more clean energy job losses are projected in the coming months. That’s according to a new analysis of unemployment data released today by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), E4TheFuture and BW Research […]

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April 13, 2020
EPA Relaxes Regulations in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic
Recently the Environmental Protection Agency announced that they would be relaxing enforcement standards on pollution effective March 13, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Linked below is the EPA’s Memorandum announcing the relaxing of regulations, the New York Times’ article covering it, and the EPA’s response to the New York Times’ reporting.  EPA Memorandum […]

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April 9, 2020
IRS Releases Information Regarding Employee Retention Credit
Source: Stoel Rives, April 9, 2020 The IRS has posted a summary description of the employee retention tax credit that was enacted as part of the CARES Act (available here). The IRS also posted a frequently asked question page regarding the credit (available here). The employee retention credit is a credit against the employer portion […]

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April 7, 2020
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants
Source: Washington Department of Commerce, April 7, 2020 Governor Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program […]

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April 6, 2020
Gov. Inslee’s vetoes increase unrestricted ending fund balance by about $242 million in 2019–21
Source: Washington Research Council, April 4, 2020 Friday afternoon, Gov. Inslee vetoed sections of the operating budget and numerous bills that affected state revenues. (Here is his operating budget veto message and here is a table of the vetoes. Here is our policy brief on the budget as passed by the Legislature.) Accounting for his vetoes, appropriations from funds subject […]

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