Our region faces unprecedented challenges with the onset of COVID-19 in our communities. On Friday, the governor issued a statewide order for all residents to stay at home, unless traveling for essential needs or business. The order also requires businesses not engaged in essential activities to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations.
In response to the many challenges businesses face, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development has asked local business owners to answer a survey to help them identify and prioritize resources needed to deal with COVID-19 impacts. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity developed a page with information for small businesses, including Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance.
Outside Illinois, Johns Hopkins University developed a dashboard of global COVID-19 cases, while the National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies are collecting actions local leaders are taking to respond to the pandemic. COVID-19
To aid our partners, CMAP has compiled these and other resources on our COVID-19 resources webpage.