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Paycheck Protection Program Reopens

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Paycheck Protection Program Reopens

The Paycheck Protection Program is up and running again effective Monday, January 11, 2021.

The Program is available for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small business to keep their workers on the payroll.

For additional information on the Paycheck Protection Program, please visit the SBA website.

Small Business Recovery Grants Available

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Orange County Economic Development Corporation

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation and Dow Sabine River Operations announce Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Qualifying Orange County businesses will be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant to assist with economic recovery efforts resulting from COVID-19, Hurricane Laura, and/or Hurricane Delta.

Southeast Texas was significantly impacted in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Hurricanes Laura and Delta. On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of DSHS, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.” On August 27th, Hurricane Laura made landfall causing significant property damage and economic loss. Six weeks later, Hurricane Delta impacted Orange County and further contributed to the economic disorder.

“We are very appreciative of Dow’s generous $45,000 contribution to the recovery and success of our local small businesses. This partnership will allow the EDC to inject funds directly back into our community and support Orange County businesses through a very difficult year,” says Jessica Hill, Executive Director.

“Orange has welcomed Dow into the community – we are neighbors. When a neighbor is hurting, you find ways to help. We are excited about this opportunity to pay it forward with our partner the Orange County EDC. We are always stronger when we work together,” Chrissy Babcock, Dow Sabine River Operations.

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation will take applications for $1000 recovery grants beginning TUESDAY, JANUARY 19th at 12:00 pm. Funds will be distributed to approved for-profit businesses throughout Orange County on a first-come basis. Applications must be submitted IN PERSON and individuals may only submit ONE application. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility in the order they are received.

Applications are available online here or in-person at 123 S. 6th Street, Orange, Texas 77630. Applications will not be accepted until 8:00 AM, Monday, January 18th, and must be delivered to the EDC office at 123 S. 6th Street, Orange.

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation will administer all evaluation and allocation responsibilities

Lions Den Park Playground 75% Complete

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Lions Den Park Playground 75% Complete
Jim Wolf, Public Works Director, spoke at the Orange City Council meeting concerning the progress of the Lions Den Park playground.
Wolf stated the playground is approximately 75% complete and the estimated completion date of the playground is January 31, 2021. The pavilion at the park is scheduled to be removed in early February 2021 and the construction of the new pavilion and playground security fence will be scheduled for March 2021.
Additional updates concerning the Lions Den Park playground will be posted when available.

Rollbacks Likely for SETX

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City of Orange and Orange County Officials Continue to Monitor COVID-19 Situation

According to KFDM News, Jefferson, Hardin, Orange and the six other counties in Trauma Service Area R must roll back business capacity to 50% and bars may have to close due to the region exceeding the 15% threshold for COVID patients in all hospital beds for 7 straight days.

The order takes effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday. In addition, elective surgeries must be postponed.

A letter from the Texas Department of State Health Services went to each county in the region. The 15% threshold for seven straight days automatically triggers the rollback specified in Governor Greg Abbott’s October order.

The other counties include Jasper, Newton, Galveston, Liberty, Chambers, and Brazoria.

City of Orange Announces Holiday Hours

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City of Orange Applying for Additional Harvey Disaster Relief Funds

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the City of Orange will be closed Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25. Much like Santa, the City of Orange Police and Fire Departments will be working to see who is being naughty or nice. Waste Management will not service its Friday route on December 25. Residents with Friday service are asked to place their containers out on Saturday, December 26. The City of Orange will reopen for business Monday, December 28.

For the New Year’s holiday, the City of Orange will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021. The City of Orange Police and Fire Departments will be on duty. Waste Management will not service its Friday route on January 1. Residents with Friday service are asked to place their containers out on Saturday, January 2. The City of Orange will reopen for business on Monday, January 4.

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