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The Right Place identifies local supply chain for development of COVID-19 testing kits
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The Right Place identifies local supply chain for development of COVID-19 testing kits

The Right Place team learned the local healthcare system was experiencing a major shortage of nasal swabs for COVID-19 test kits. We immediately identified one of our MiDevice member companies that might have the capabilities to fulfill the request: Keystone Solutions Group.

Governor Whitmer signs executive order expanding COVID-19 emergency declaration and declaring state of disaster
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Governor Whitmer signs executive order expanding COVID-19 emergency declaration and declaring state of disaster

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-33, which recognizes the expanded scope of economic, educational, and civic dislocation caused by the COVID-19, and equips the administration to address fully the devastation caused by virus. The order also formally declares a state of disaster.

Governor Whitmer signs executive order suspending face-to-face learning at K-12 schools for remainder of school year
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Governor Whitmer signs executive order suspending face-to-face learning at K-12 schools for remainder of school year

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.

Help wanted: Finding work and talent during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Help wanted: Finding work and talent during the COVID-19 pandemic

As essential businesses continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to fill critical, immediate vacancies. There are high volumes of both temporary and full-time open positions as a result.

Pure Michigan Business Connect offering grants to manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies
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Pure Michigan Business Connect offering grants to manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program has launched a new grant program providing a total of $1 million in grants to Michigan’s small manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Various resources for Michigan businesses during COVID-19
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Various resources for Michigan businesses during COVID-19

A list of various resources for West Michigan businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Consumers Energy assistance policies and programs during COVID-19
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Consumers Energy assistance policies and programs during COVID-19

If the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made it challenging to meet basic businesses expenses such as rent, payroll or utility bills. Small business customers can call 800-805-0490 to get assistance with their energy bills and to learn about additional short-term resources.

Coalition launches website to help West Michigan businesses through COVID-19 crisis
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Coalition launches website to help West Michigan businesses through COVID-19 crisis

A new private-public coalition has launched a website where West Michigan businesses and their employees can get accurate, timely and relevant information and connect to vital resources to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis. The website – COVIDWM.org – offers information on state and federal legislation, business continuity, employee resources and best practices, as well as health updates and links to organizations that can help.

Michigan National Guard to staff Food Banks in four Michigan communities during COVID-19 response
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Michigan National Guard to staff Food Banks in four Michigan communities during COVID-19 response

The Michigan National Guard has received a request to aid Food Banks in four communities across the state, including Ann Arbor, Comstock Park, Flint, and Pontiac. Approximately 10 Michigan National Guard members will be serving at each site.å

Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19
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Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits.

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