Daviess County COVID-19

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Daviess County lands COVID relief grant

Small businesses will have a new place to turn for help to make it through the coronavirus pandemic. Daviess County was named as a recipient of a $160,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs as part of the COVID-19 Response Program.

"The city (Washington) and county will be coordinating the grant with the economic development corporation to set up the parameters and determine how to get that money into the right hands," said president of the Daviess County Commissioners Nathan Gabhart.

"We're very excited," said Bryant Niehoff, executive director for the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. "We look forward to helping our businesses."

While the exact details on how the program will work are still being hashed out, officials say the money will be used to provide businesses grants to retain jobs. Specifically, in Daviess County the money will go to struggling businesses and entrepreneurs with workforce and business retention.

The money for the program comes from community development block grants that were redirected under the federal CARES Act.

"As soon as that program was rolled out there was a lot of excitement because our communities are in need of as many resources as we can hold onto during these tough times," said Niehoff.

"This will be a nice resource to have as long as we ensure it gets to the right hands of those businesses so that we can retain workforce and have a positive impact," added Gabhart.