Mayor Young and County Executives from Across the State Join Governor Hogan for COVID-19 Update
Friday Mar 13th, 2020
Better Schools. Safer Streets. Stronger Neighborhoods.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD. — Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young joined county executives from across Maryland for a conference call at noon today with Governor Hogan, members of his cabinet, and senior government officials regarding the State's ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Governor Hogan kicked off today's call by thanking local leaders for their partnership and cooperation with state partners.
"This is an unprecedented crises and we've had to take unprecedented actions," Governor Hogan said.
The conference call featured updates from the State Superintendent of Schools and Maryland Department of Health. There was also representation on the call from the Maryland Department of Commerce, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland National Guard.
During the call, Mayor Young was able to request Governor Hogan's assistance in seeking federal funding through the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).
Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schultz said that the Hogan Administration would pursue funding through the EIDL program and would make sure to keep Baltimore City updated on its progress.
The SBA, after receiving a request from a state’s Governor, can issue funding under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by President Trump.
Mayor Young sent a letter earlier today to the governor requesting his assistance to help small businesses in Baltimore that are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Baltimore is home to more than 12,000 small businesses, according to the Baltimore Development Corporation. Collectively, the shops represent the economic backbone of Baltimore's local economy.