COVID-19 Economic Resources

Economic Developers within the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance quickly moved to form a COVID-19 Emergency Task Force to monitor COVID-19 and collect information on economic resources for Southern Virginia companies. Below is a list of programs and resources currently available. We will continue to populate this list with additional resources as they become available.


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Find vital information on the status of COVID-19 regulations and support. Many local programs are governed and have allocations flow through the states subject to federal guidelines. This is an ideal starting point for assistance, further enhanced by non-governmental state resources as well as federal and local information.

Commonwealth of Virginia - Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures to ensure the health and safety of Virginians. 

Virginia Department of Health - Continual updates on the latest numbers and information relevant to COVID-19.

Virginia Chamber - Comprehensive overview of resources to ensure your business and your employees have necessary information. 

Virginia Employment Commission - Information on the latest changes to benefits application processes and requirement changes due to COVID-19, unemployment process, and office closings.

Virginia Department of Education - provides division and building-level administrators, school health coordinators and educators with ready access to up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 and the steps schools should take to safeguard the health of students and staff.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles - Updates on DMV procedures affected by office closures

Virginia Department of Taxation - Tax-related coronavirus updates including relief for taxpayers affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) - News and resources from VEDA the voice of economic development in Virginia.


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Center for Disease Control and Prevention - As the nation's health protection agency, the CDC is the main source of information for health, safety, and security threats.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC - Plan, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease - Community resources, virus updates, and small business guidance

U.S. Small Business Administration - Small business guidance & loan resources

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Guidance on preparing workplace on COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources - Resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus

IRS Coronavirus Relief - The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Combating the coronavirus resources for businesses

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency - Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response


Consultants and Professional Service Organizations


Additional Resources:


Local and Regional

The latest information on local and regional support, office closings, and webinars and outreach to businesses and citizens.



Recorded: International Economic Development Council (IEDC) COVID-19: Preparing for What Comes Next - Recording

Recorded: SBA Details of the Economic Injury Loan Process Recording

Recorded: SBA Filling out the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application Recording

Recorded: Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Regional Updates and Impacts Recording

Recorded: Halifax County Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Halifax County Employer Briefing Recording

Recorded: SBDC- Lynchburg Region: Tips & Tricks for Working From Home Recording

Recorded: SBA - Economic Injury Disaster Loan Recording

April 2 at 2:00PM - VEDP Legal Considerations During Uncertain Times Register

April 9 at 2:00 PM - VEDP Export Financing During Uncertain Times Register

April 16 at 2:00 PM - VEDP Global Trade Disruptions: What Businesses Should Know About Tariffs, Trade Actions, and Supply Chains Register 


Regional News Articles:


SoVa COVID-19 Task Force Members: Rebecca Adcock, Patrick County Chamber of Commerce; Corrie Bobe, City of Danville Economic Development; Brian Brown, Halifax County IDA; Alexis Ehrhardt, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce; Mark Gignac, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research; Linda Green, Southern Virginia Regional Alliance; Mitzi McCormick, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce; Matt Rowe, Pittsylvania County Economic Development; Bryce Simmons, Patrick County Economic Development; Lisa Watkins, Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce. 

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