COVID-19 Economic Development Practitioners Toolkit

Last Updated: February 4, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Economic development practitioners of the Greater Sacramento region:

We hope this portal offers an easy-to-access resource list as you work to build local programs and respond to critical challenges in your communities due to COVID-19. Our team will continually identify and update this material throughout this crisis in support of your efforts.

How can you help?

So that we can share best practices with all, please send any program your community has created, is using to assist companies or any other economic recovery email to or feel free to drop materials directly into this shared One Drive folder.

You can also join our ‘GSEC EDDT’ SLACK Channel we just set up where we will post reminders, articles, and any other time sensitive updates regarding information available –Click this link to join.

Current GSEC Economist Analysis and Impact Projections

U.S. economic forecast and COVID-19 PDF

Updates and Commentary from Trusted Experts

Future Technologies as Economic Drivers  View the webinar recording 

Fireside Chat with a Futurist  View the webinar recording 

Economic Development Advancement Series: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Considerations  View the webinar recording

Digital Transformation of Organizational IT: Part 3  View the webinar recording

Digital Transformation of Organizational IT: Part II View the webinar recording

Digital Transformation of Organizational IT: Part I View the webinar recording

Insperity Business Resiliency Series, Session 7: The Latest on Loan Forgiveness View the webinar recording

City of Sacramento: COVID-19: Your Restaurant is Open, What’s Next?  View the recording

City of Sacramento: Life After COVID-19: Re-Engaging Your Workforce & New Regulations to Consider as an Employer View the recording

Manpower Group Workplace Webinar Series

COVID-19 data map 

The below map provides information about the spread of the novel coronavirus across the United States. This data comes from the New York Times and is updated daily. Select the entire country or any specific county or region from the drop-down menu, then click on the COVID-19 tab to choose which variables you’d like to display.

National Resources Quick Reference Links

US Department of State COVID-19

Live interactive map of COVID cases

COVID-19 projections, University of Washington data

Initiatives from Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Best Practices, Response Updates and Program Examples

Local Examples

City of Sacramento

City of Roseville

City of Elk Grove

Sacramento Region Community Foundation

  • The Sacramento Region Disaster Relief Fund will provide one-time rapid response grants to nonprofit organizations working to address the immediate needs of vulnerable populations and communities impacted by COVID-19.

Sutter County

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Sutter County businesses and their employees, Sutter County has committed up to $250,000 in one-time funds to create a temporary Small Business Emergency Economic Relief Fund.

California Examples

An updated and comprehensive list of examples of response efforts in California communities is available on the CALED website.


Multiple resources available here.

San Francisco

  • Deferred Business Taxes for Small Businesses: For businesses with up to $10 million in gross receipts, the City is deferring payment of quarterly business taxes by nine months.
  • Deferred Business Licensing Fee: The City is deferring collection of annual small business license and permit fees that make up the Unified License Bill for three months.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund: The City has established a fund administered by OEWD to offer emergency grants up to $10,000 for microbusinesses.
  • Paid Sick Leave – Workers and Families First program: The City will contribute up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave time beyond existing policies to employees.
  • SF Small Business Revolving Loan Fund: The City-sponsored Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides access to capital, including microloans and technical assistance.
  • SF Emerging Business Loan Fund: The Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) offers loans ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to qualifying commercial projects.

Learn more about San Francisco’s programs here.

City of Fresno

Business licensing taxes will be waived for 90 days. More details here.


City of Riverside

  • Inland Empire Microenterprise Collaborative is a collection of microlenders who can provide loans up to $75,000.00 to small businesses. More details here.
  • Learn more about Riverside’s programs here.

City of Oakland

  • The City’s Finance Department will waive late payment penalties for small businesses that failed to file March 1 taxes on time due to COVID-19. More details here.
  • In response to the COVID- 19 pandemic, KIVA US is offering small business applicants expanded loan sizes, now up to $15,000 with grace periods between 1 and 6.

San Diego

  • The City announced a $4 million economic relief package for local businesses struggling financially because of the pandemic. The City will work with local financial institutions to establish a relief fund, which will support zero-interest micro-loans for affected businesses. The fund will be kickstarted by money from the City’s business revolving loan fund. More details here.
  • The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.
  • The Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) will help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of operations impacted by federal, state, county and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Approximately $6.1 million is available in the SBRF, which is being administered by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.

National Best Practices

March 23 IEDC Webinar: You can download a recording of the webinar here and download the slides here.

Good Jobs Institute: COVID-19 Worker Relief Funds, Company Actions and Impact on Frontline Workers 

Seattle, WA 

  • Small Business Stabilization Fund: The City will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, which will provide working capital grants up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. More details here.
  • Deferral of Business and Occupation (B&O) taxes (gross receipts tax): Businesses that have annual taxable income of $5 million or less and currently pay City taxes on a quarterly basis will have until late 2020 to pay their B&O taxes. More details here.

New York, NY

  • Businesses with fewer than 100 employees that have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. More details here.
  • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program: The City is offering businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. More details here.

Denver, CO

  • Small Business Emergency Relief: Provides up to $7,500 in cash grants to small businesses that have had to temporarily close, have difficulty paying their rent and utilities or have had to lay off staff due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund: Denver Arts & Venues will award grants up to $1,000 to individual artists who live in Denver whose incomes are being adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis due to cancellation of events, classes, performances and other creative work.
  • Denver Microloan Program: A city-wide program that  provides loans from $5,000-$50,000 in capital and support services to help stabilize small businesses, with a focus on targeted industries located in the most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Learn more about Denver’s programs here.

Atlanta, GA

  • Atlanta’s $7 million emergency fund will provide emergency assistance to food programs for children and seniors, homeless preparedness, support to small businesses, assistance to hourly wage earners and other areas adversely impacted by COVID-19. More details here.
  • Atlanta suspended rental payments for four months for concession and car rental companies at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More details here.

Columbus, OH

The Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund will support ongoing relief efforts in response to local, national and international emergencies, natural disasters and epidemics. They are donating to the local communities in Franklin. More details here.

Pittsburgh, PA

The URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) is halting all loan payments for URA small business borrowers, including automatic loan payment withdraws from borrower’s accounts, for the month of April 2020. More details here.

Kansas City, MO

The KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund is a new community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund intended to provide immediate relief to local, small businesses experiencing extreme economic disruption and financial strain as a result of the necessary public health measures to “flatten the curve” and combat the virus.

Practitioner-Related Webinars

September 15 | Social Connectivity and the Future of Workplace: HGA Research Presentation Register here

September 22 | Social Connectivity and the Future of Workplace: Panel Register here

Placer Shares Grant Program Webinar Series Register here



August 25 Sacramento to put $10 million toward workforce training for construction, digital skills  (Biz Journals)

September 3 California Mobility Center picks Depot Park for HQ (Biz Journals)

August 28 Sacramento was the most popular migration destination in July, with more than half of home searches from buyers outside the area (RedFin)

September 2 Sacramento named #5 rising city that could become a top place to live and work from home (CNBC)

August 28 It’s a seller’s market, especially in the Sacramento metro area (Sacramento Business Journal)

August 24 Appetite for Disruption podcast feature (Appetite for Disruption)

September 1 America’s Jobs Team podcast feature (Consultant Connect)

September 4 Railyards courthouse project nears fall construction start (Biz Journals)

September 3 Building in Downtown Commons sold for $20.2 million, but won’t have WeWork as tenant (Biz Journals)

September 2 JUMP e-bikes and e-scooters return to Sacramento (Sacramento City Express)

September 1 Sacramento market had $1.8B in commercial mortgage-backed securities balance at end of 2019 (Biz Journals)

September 1 Eviction relief bill signed into law, other bills head to governor’s desk (Biz Journals)

September 1 Sacramento to encourage high-rise housing on section of riverfront (Biz Journals)

August 31 SMUD selects veteran executive and engineer as its next CEO (Biz Journals)

August 28 Sacramento unveils grand plans for downtown train and bus hub (Sac Bee)

August 26 Women Who Mean Business 2020 (Biz Journals)

August 26 Smart-locker company Luxer One grows with school deliveries (Biz Journals)

August 25 51-unit apartment complex planned at Q Street in Downtown Sacramento (Biz Journals)

August 25 The Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2020 (Powerschool’s Hardeep Gulati recognized) (The Software Report)

August 20 GSEC’s fifth Annual Celebration to virtually gather and honor regional leaders (GSEC)