Covid-19 Economic Recovery
Key Messages from the Mayor and City Manager
City Council passed economic relief measures for businesses, utility customers, and City tenants impacted by COVID-19. In support of the Governor’s Stay at Home-Stay Safe order, the City of Blaine is offering payment plans, waiving late payment penalties and suspending utility shutoffs for utility customers. This ensures no customers face having their water, sewer and electric services disrupted due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19. The Mayor emphasized that these measures are intended for those who need this help the most and that those who can pay these bills on time continue do so and not get behind on payments.
City Manager, Michael Jones, reminds us the City of Blaine is exploring every option to help our citizens while Washington State is finalizing plans for economic relief. During this time it is important to document business impacts as the situation is unfolding, both for insurance purposes and for future relief efforts by state and federal agencies.
- WWU’s Small Business Development Center
- Regional Economic Partnership
- Washington State Department of Commerce
- If you own or operate a business in Whatcom County, please fill out this survey of local economic effects of COVID-19 at your earliest convenience.
- Coronavirus Disease - Canada's Response
Resolution 1810-20 - Recommencing the Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund Loan Program in Response to COVID-19 and in Support of Business Development and Business Retention Established by Ordinance No. 99-2430.
The City of Blaine has been authorized by the City Council to recommence the Rural Economic Development (RED) Revolving Fund Loan program (link to Resolution 1810-20 is here). The City is in the process of developing a Committee to review applications. Please contact Alex Wenger via email or (360) 332-8311 for questions concerning the program and potential eligibility.
Alex Wenger, AICP
Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator
Phone: (360) 543-9979