The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) finally goes into effect across North America. In this uneasy time full of conflict and intense partisanship, it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate the bipartisan effort of Arizona’s congressional delegation to secure passage of this historic trade agreement. All 11 Republican and Democratic senators and representatives voted unanimously in favor of the USMCA, and they served as a model of compromise and cooperation for a divided Congress.
The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual event featuring Shivani Dubey, deputy district director of the SBA Arizona District Office, and Yolanda Stokes, public information officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration, who shared valuable resources that are available for small businesses, as well as critical information on how apply for grants and loans. It was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA) is intended to make it easier for Borrowers to maximize loan forgiveness. The PPP loan program still has funds available! View a list of participating lenders and get started today!
Federal leaders must find innovative ways to continue to support these businesses. One approach would be to establish a Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant program that would provide federal grants to electric and natural gas utilities and supplement available utility incentives to encourage small businesses to make zero-cost energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities.
The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual speaker series event with featured guest Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. Romero shared insight into the city’s economy, Tucson’s rapid tech growth, how this Southern Arizona city is rapidly becoming a hotbed for innovation in Arizona, and the collaboration with the University of Arizona, Tech Parks Arizona, Startup Tucson and Pima Community College.
As Congress looks for targeted and timely ways to prime the economy for recovery, it should seize this opportunity to modernize the nation’s power system with investments that will pay dividends for the economy and the environment for generations.
While Covid-19 has fundamentally changed us, what remains constant is our foundation as a technology and innovation hub driven by big ideas, talented entrepreneurs and a welcoming business environment. This is especially true in our renewable energy sector. Renewable energy is the answer to moving toward a cleaner, more prosperous and healthy future.
While Covid-19 has fundamentally changed us, what remains constant is our foundation as a technology and innovation hub driven by big ideas, talented entrepreneurs and a welcoming business environment. This is especially true in our renewable energy sector. Renewable energy is a powerful solution to restoring economic security at a time when Arizonans need it most.
The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual panel discussion on Arizona’s innovative advanced manufacturing sector featuring Allison Gilbreath, Executive Director, Arizona Manufacturers Council at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mark Gaspers, Manager Southwest Region at The Boeing Company. Moderated by Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
The Mesa CARES Small Business Reemergence Program is part of the Mesa CARES Initiative that supports individuals, families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Eligible businesses must be located in the City of Mesa and not a recipient of CARES Act funding through the Small Business Administration, Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans Emergency Advance or other federal program.