Dear Friends,

We hope this message finds you well during these unprecedented times. Galveston County’s Economic Development Department values the health and safety of our community, local businesses, employees and your families. In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to reassure you that we are here for you. Our team is in communication with leaders in our state, county, and city governments. While there is uncertainty in the coming weeks, we are here to provide resources to help you and your employees.

Now is the time for local businesses and the community to band together and support one another. As many businesses operate remotely while others employ new safety protocols, we encourage you to do your part to stop the community spread of COVID-19. To our essential businesses and workers, we thank you for your tireless efforts in the face of these challenges.

The United States Congress has passed a $2 trillion coronavirus response bill, the CARES Act, intended to issue relief across the American economy. This third aid package from Congress is meant to keep businesses and individuals afloat during this critical time. Learn more about the CARES ACT and its proposed impact on individuals, small businesses, big corporations, hospitals and public health, state and local governments and education here.

In Galveston County, we are blessed to have the highest quality healthcare facilities to help fight this crisis. We have experienced medical professionals on our side to combat this crisis in real time. In the coming weeks, we will keep you apprised of the latest resources and updates which may impact your business.

Now, it is more crucial than ever to be a good neighbor and to stay strong as business leaders for our internal staff and the audiences we serve.

Let us help. If you have any questions about ways businesses can be supported during this time, feel free to reach out to me directly. If your business would like to share its resources with the community, let us help spread the word. Please contact me at dane.carlson@co.galveston.tx.us or call me direct at 409-526-6776.

Wishing you health and safety,
Dane Carlson