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  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    FAC Gives Back (packs)

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    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) is partnering with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA) and the Florida Veterans Foundation (FVF) to host FAC Gives Back[packs]. This event will take place on Wednesday June 30, 2016 during the Exposition Extravaganza at FAC’s Annual Conference, held June 28-July 1 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orange County.

    Backpacks will be available during Wednesday night’s Tradeshow Reception, and conference attendees will be able to gather items to fill the backpacks while visiting the booths of our participating exhibitors.  The items being collected are “in demand” items and have been suggested by the FDVA. At the conclusion of conference, the backpacks will be collected for distribution to homeless veterans in the Orange County area. 

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Apply Now for the Innovations in American Government Awards

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    Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards.

    Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.

    All units of government — federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial — from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition.  

    This year, the Ash Center is also once again offering the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    SBA Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Small Businesses in Florida Affected by Excessive Rain, Flooding and Water Releases

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    ATLANTA – Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture or private nonprofit organizations in Florida having suffered financial losses as the result of excessive rain; flooding and the water released from Lake Okeechobee that occurred on Jan. 3-29, 2016, should consider applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    SBA’s working capital loans are available after a disaster declaration by the Secretary of Agriculture making the following Florida counties eligible for assistance: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Saint Lucie and Sarasota.

    These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Eligible industries include but are not limited to the following: fishing guides, commercial fisherman, charter boats, crabbers, bait and tackle shops, restaurants, retailers, wholesalers, farm implement dealers, and feed and seed stores. 

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