Resources and Guidance for San Leandro Manufacturers
The City of San Leandro is committed to supporting our strong manufacturing community during these challenging times. San Leandro has a long industrial history, first in making plows and Caterpillar tractors, then in canning, and then in Chrysler vehicles. This has created a legacy of skills in metals and machining, food processing and distribution, and instruments and process controls. This is precisely why San Leandro continues to preserve 25% of its land for industrial use, as the industrial/manufacturing sector continues to contribute significantly to San Leandro’s economy ($52 million 2014-2017).
Alongside other sectors, the manufacturing sector has been negatively impacted by the Shelter-in-Place order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that some businesses may be uncertain whether they should shut down operations, modify operations, or continue as usual.
The City works with a number of different resource organizations that can provide manufacturing-specific assistance and guidance related to impacts of the pandemic. In addition to guidance provided in the Alameda County Shelter-in-Place order, the Department of Homeland Security has provided guidance on identifying critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response, which provides more details for manufacturers.
More helpful information for manufacturers and small businesses can be found at:
The Association of Manufacturers Bay Area has created a page on its website dedicated to support for manufacturers. In addition to news updates, webinar announcements, State resources, and podcasts, AM Bay Area provides links to:
- Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response (CISA)
- Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 (CISA)
- Disaster Loan Assistance (SBDC)
- Manufacturing Discussion Forum – where Bay Area manufacturers can communicate and ask questions of one another, including information on ‘transit letters’ for employees of essential businesses
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce offers an opportunity to access local business resources, connect with other businesses in sharing resources, support, and information.
In addition to increased funding for SBA loans, additional sources of funding have recently become available, including:
On March 27th, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was approved, enacting a $2 trillion U.S. Government coronavirus stimulus package. The bill earmarks $350 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses (with 500 employees or less) and provides $10 billion for grants of up to $10,000 to provide emergency funds for small businesses to cover immediate operating costs. Follow this link to learn more about what that could mean for your business! Click here to read the bill in its entirety.
Additionally, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has announced the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund, thanks to a $2.5 million investment by Verizon.
On Monday, March 23, 2020, the San Leandro City Council unanimously passed an Urgency Ordinance, halting evictions for non-payment during the state of emergency. Follow this link to read the article, or click HERE for the ordinance.
For a comprehensive list of resources and updates, visit San Leandro’s COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Small Businesses and the City of San Leandro’s COVID-19 Response Page.
And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to Economic Development Manager, Katie Bowman, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.