COVID-19 and the UpstateApril 1, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting global supply chains and daily business operations, a number of resources are available to affected companies.
AccelerateSC Website and Resources
Designed to provide citizens centralized access to easily connect with COVID-19 related information, Governor Henry McMaster’s office has launched accelerate.sc.gov, a one-stop-shop for details details about the state’s revitalization efforts. The site is maintained by the South Carolina Department of Administration.
AccelerateSC was launched on April 20 to form a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business leaders, healthcare professionals, local government officials, and education professionals. The plan consists of five components of analysis and effort: Response, Protection, Governance, Resources, and Information. James Burns, a partner at the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough, will serve as accelerateSC’s executive director. Burns and the rest of the membership are serving in a voluntary capacity.
For support or guidance regarding city or county measures, please contact your local economic development office, as they are focused on supporting existing Upstate industries.
South Carolina Department of Commerce Consolidates Business Resources:
The South Carolina Department of Commerce, SC Dept of Employment and Workforce, SC Department of Revenue, SC Department of Insurance have created a single location where businesses can find answers and resources to help them during this challenging time.
Information on the federal CARES Act, payroll tax credits and SBA loans are included.
U.S. Small Business Administration:
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers several loans and assistance programs. Additionally, businesses across South Carolina may be eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program or SBA Express Bridge Loans.
Essential Critical Infrastructure:
Wondering whether your business is “essential” or “non-essential”?
As State and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published guidelines list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions.
- See Guidance of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19
Connecting Industries and Healthcare:
A number of efforts are underway to collect personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and additional items used by medical providers in the course of patient care.
- See the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) critical needs list
- See the SC Manufacturers Alliance resources, including calls for respirators, eye protection, and more
Wondering how this disruption will affect the economy? These national sources offer early insights.
- Coronavirus: A response framework for advanced industries companies (McKinsey & Company, March 20, 2020)
- Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results (McKinsey & Company, March survey)
- 54% of U.S. Manufacturers ‘Extremely Likely’ or ‘Likely’ to Reshore in Light of Coronavirus (Thomas, March 23, 2020)
Upstate SC Alliance Operations
In following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to minimize gatherings, Alliance events scheduled through May 8 have been canceled, postponed or shifted to teleconference activities. Our team is working from home, and we will remain responsive to the needs of our investors, prospects and partners, as staff will be reachable by email, cellphone, and via voicemail on their desk lines.