If you would like additional information, please email the Development Department or call 614-277-3004.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is ordering the relaxing of some unemployment compensation requirements and timelines for COVID-19 impacted workers who do not receive paid leave and for people who have been quarantined due to COVID-19. Visit the State of Ohio Businesses/Employers – COVID-19 Checklist for additional information.

Download the April 2 Stay at Home Order.

CARES Act Established

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.

The new loan program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.

The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. Visit the SBA Coronavirus website for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.

The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

CORRE Virtual Hiring Event

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, One Columbus has joined the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and OhioMeansJobs Columbus, Franklin County to help furloughed workers connect to businesses needing employees to continue vital services.

Throughout April, there is a series of Central Ohio ReEmployment & Resource (CORRE) Virtual Hiring Events that will help jobseekers navigate multiple resources and obtain employment. Your company is invited to participate in a Virtual Hiring Event. Download the Virtual Hiring Event flyer for details.

Businesses, find the CORRE Virtual Schedule and the Virtual Event business registration page to schedule participation in a 30-minute demo session to view the platform and learn how to set up your company’s virtual booth prior to the live hiring event. The Virtual Fair is free to your business and job seekers. A member of the CORRE team will reach out to you to schedule a demo session. They will need job descriptions and wage and shift information.

To learn more or register/participate in the event, visit the Ohio Means Jobs, Franklin County website, or call 614-559-5052 for details.

If you are looking for a job? Register for the Virtual Hiring Event on the OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County website.

Construction & Inspection Scheduling

The construction industry is deemed an essential infrastructure exception. Construction projects may continue as long as construction site workers, supervisors and inspectors maintain a safe and sanitary work environment for all by complying with social distancing requirements, which include maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals (no more than 10), washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces and not shaking hands. Many construction projects have implemented more stringent Infection control measures.

The Building Division continues to review plans, process permits and complete inspections daily. Building Division staff members are available to answer questions and assist you with obtaining permitting and inspection services. As a reminder, the following protocol is available so you can manage your Building Division needs via a call, email or online.

• To contact the Building Division, call 614-277-3075.
• For Permits, complete the application form, attach appropriate documents and email to the Building Division.
• Visit the Building Division inspection web page to schedule an Inspection online or call 614 277-1815.
• For additional inspection information, please contact Amy Morrow at 614-277-3075.
• More detailed information is available on the Building Division web page.

A heartfelt thank you to all our tradespeople for their tremendous dedication and service in keeping our nation moving forward in these unprecedented and challenging times. Thank you for your cooperation. The Building Division staff will continue to update the Building Division web page as information is available.

IRS, State of Ohio & Grove City Extends Filing & Payment Deadlines

The Ohio Tax Commissioner announced the State of Ohio and all Ohio municipalities will match the extended July 15, 2020 federal income tax due date for returns and taxes originally due April 15, 2020.

Visit the Grove City tax information web page for additional information.

COTA Modifies Service in Grove City Amid COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) requests customers limit non-essential bus travel until further notice. COTA is assessing and directing its service daily, based on the needs of the community.

Line 61 to Grove City is no longer in service, but COTA Plus is still in service.

All services have been modified. Please find the adjusted schedules on the Major Service Change Announcements web page.

• Line 61 to Grove City is no longer in service. COTA Plus is still in service in Grove City. Please find the adjusted schedules on the Major Service Change Announcements web page.

• COTA has temporarily suspended AirConnect service.
• COTA has temporarily suspended Night Owl service.

COTA announced all fares are waived for bus service, including COTA Plus, effective immediately. Thank you for following special protocol during this pandemic.

Bus riders should:

  1. Enter the buses from the back. The front bus doors will be closed. This is to provide their drivers some distance from the public.
  2. Don’t sit right next to another rider. Maintain as much physical distance between riders as possible.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus. Use it when you get on and off.

COTA reserves the flexibility to make adjustments to bus schedules as this situation evolves.

For the latest service information from COTA, please visit the COTA website, call COTA Customer Care at 614-228-1776 or sign-up for text or email alerts at www.COTA.com/alerts.

Temporary Pandemic Child Care

Effective immediately, only child care programs with a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license will be permitted to operate in Ohio, serving only essential workers defined by the state with priority for key health and safety occupations.

Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of the ODJFS-approved Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin and the surrounding counties. Action for Children will update the map twice daily as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approves new programs and some programs request removal. Families can also submit a help request online or call specialists at 614-224-0222, ext. 299, for help connecting with a provider.

Please refer families and employers that might need Temporary Pandemic child care to Action for Children’s website.

Tuesday, March 24

Visit the Ohio Department of Health Resources for Economic Support web page for response to the challenges of COVID-19.|

Connect with local, state and federal resources and funds for the following impacted categories:

  • Individuals and families: unemployment resources, health insurance relief, school meals and more.
  • Small businesses and non-profits: economic disaster loan program, bar and restaurant relief, daycare ratio updates and more.

Sunday, March 22

Visit Grove City and the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce have compiled a list of businesses providing services, to support local businesses, visit the Adventures In Solitude website.

Saturday, March 21

Visit the Columbus One website for resources to help employers and the workforce in the Columbus Region respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

Friday, March 20

Ohio Small Businesses Now Eligible For SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Thanks to a concerted effort by the state of Ohio and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ohio small businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, including:

• Low-interest loans of up to $2 million for small businesses and private non-profits.
• Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills and have repayment options of up to 30 years.
• Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for private non-profits.

Need help filling out the application? Access the step-by-step instructions.

To apply, visit the SBA Disaster Business Loan website.

COVID-19: Federal and State Assistance for Small Businesses

Find information and guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to (COVID-19).

SBA Resource Partners are ready to help with no-cost, one-on-one business counseling regarding COVID-19. Visit the SBA local assistance web page.

Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official health information and a full list of the nation’s whole-of-government response, including safety, business and tax tips, worker assistance and more.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has extended unemployment benefits and updated unemployment insurance benefits to reflect the need of those impacted by coronavirus. Visit the Office of Unemployment and Insurance Operations web page to apply.

Visit the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 website for additional Ohio government efforts pertaining to COVID-19.