State and Regional News

Department activates economic development network to aid employers during COVID-19 disruptions

The Missouri Department of Economic Development activated a statewide network of more than 400 local economic development groups to answer questions and offer assistance to employers impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Employers that are considering full or partial shutdowns in connection with the virus have access to a number of state and federal programs that may be able to help.

In response to increased demand for services, Family Support Division Call Center operating 7 day a week and suspending Food Stamp phone interviews

Starting Saturday, March 28, 2020 the Family Support Division (FSD) Call Center will temporarily operate seven days a week and expand hours to handle the growing influx of calls from low-income Missourians for services. The temporary hours of operation starting on March 28 will be Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Health care community asks for support from citizens and businesses

Hospitals and health care organizations are accepting public support in efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri. The Missouri Hospital Association is requesting that businesses and individuals with stocks of personal protective equipment donate unused supplies to health care workers to help protect hospital and health care staff, patients and members of the community.

Community Development Block Grant funds used to purchase essential ventilators for the State’s COVID-19 response

Together, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, State Emergency Management Agency, Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Office of Administration partnered with the Cole County Commission and Missouri Association of Councils of Government to provide Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to purchase 125 ventilators to aid in the statewide response to the COVID-19 outbreak.