For the latest recommendations, directives and health information related to the COVID-19 outbreak please refer to the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Center of Disease Control  

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COVID-19 Economic Resources

For the Southern Worcester County EDO 

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This webpage was set up to be a one-stop-shop to access the latest material produced by CMRPC for the Southern Worcester County Economic Development Organization. We are working hard to keep you up to date on the latest, federal, state and local resources as they develop. Please also see our other COVID-19 resource pages below.  

COVID-19 Response Components

Funds for Small Businesses



Governor Baker announced an additional $668 million to fund qualified applications submitted to Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation already.  In addition, a new grant program will open on December 31st, 2020, and close on January 15th, 2021. MGCC is extending the deadline to apply to the Sector-Specific Relief Grant program until Monday, January 18th at midnight

Build Business Support Resources


Adapting Downtowns to COVID-19

The shared spaces grant has been RENEWED through the winter, with an emphasis on winter placemaking and outdoor activities. 

Planners and town officials can use this page as a resource for, funding, ideas on improving social distancing and stimulating local economic activity in downtowns, now with an emphasis on winter adaptions. 

Social Media 101

Need help reaching out to your customers online? This guide will walk you through the basics of setting up and using key social media platforms like Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.


Track Economic Trends

See a list of data sources that is useful for municipalities and local and regional organizations for understanding the effect of COVID-19 on local economies.  

See Survey Results

Almost 200 businesses participated in surveys to understand the regional impacts of COVID-19. 

Interactive Map of PPP Loans

This interactive map shows PPP Loans over $150,000 in Massachusetts. Zoom into your town to see where the largest federal PPP awards have been made. 

Key Data Sources for Central Massachusetts

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Other Organizations Providing COVID-19 Economic Guidance and Support 





Contact Us

For questions or comments contact Kerrie Salwa from CMRPC who provided staff support for the Southern Worcester County Economic Development Organization. Kerrie Salwa can be reached via email at 

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission
One Mercantile Street, Suite 520
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone 508.756.7717 Fax 508.792.6818

Southern Worcester County EDO COVID-19 Resources

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