COVID 19 UPDATE
There are a lot of people worried about their businesses right now. This pandemic is new territory for everybody, and at AEDC we are going to continue to do whatever we can to see businesses survive this trying time. We are currently working on contacting all of our clients to see how they’re doing. Their continued success is our priority and we don’t want to be the cause of additional stress right now. AEDC has tools in our quiver, including offering deferments to ease their immediate financial burden, if needed. Our mission is to provide support to businesses for the purpose of supporting the economic health of our community.
AEDC is working closely with other economic development organizations as an active member of the COVID Economic Resilience Committee (CERC). This group is coordinating daily to provide information, resources and services needed to best support North Coast local businesses and employers through the COVID 19 pandemic. Information gathered will be updated and shared regularly at this site, hosted by the Northcoast SBDC.
AEDC is a partner to the community through many programs, playing both lead and supporting roles. Collaboration with other organizations allows us to combine our resources and to stay informed about all the opportunities available to our clients. Some projects AEDC has worked on with partners include:
Adulting 101 -- Hosting a series of classes to help young adults transition into adult living by providing information and tips in a series of fun classes that explore topics from car maintenance to housing to finances. Learn more on our events page, or here.
Prosperity Network Business Leader Luncheons -- Hosting a series of lunches on topics that are relevant to our industry leaders. In 2015-16, the meetings centered on upcoming changes in the Cannabis Industry. In 2016-17, lunches will feature issues surrounding infrastructure.
Customer Centered Design for the Job Market -- Working with a team of stakeholders to develop ways to make the services and the resources of the Job Market more accessible to employers.
USDA Local Food Promotion Program Grant -- Working with Greenway Partners and Redwood Acres, this grant will look at the feasibility of having a meat processing facility for small animals.
County of Humboldt Economic Development Strategy -- Using research and statistics about the Targets of Opportunity (or growing industries) to develop a comprehensive plan about how to increase economic development in Humboldt County.