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ACEC Texas Member Update: COVID-19 (April 14, 2020)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
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ACEC Texas: COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Update

ACEC National has been ramping up outreach efforts for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with federal elected officials. The original funding afforded in the CARES Act of $349 billion is close to being fully utilized, and ACEC and other business stakeholders have asked Congress to act quickly on adding additional funding. Furthermore, ACEC has been advocating for federal-aid highway program funding to help state DOT´s continuity of operations and projects. To view the letter of support sent to Congressional leaders this week, please click on the following: ACEC Letter to Congress.

The White House last night issued an updated guidance document for PPP loans, which can be accessed here. The Department of Treasury has also updated their CARES Act website to include specific sections on:

For more information and updates, you can also visit and


Disaster Declaration Extended for Texas

Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday a new Executive Order extending his disaster declaration for the State of Texas. This will renew his original declaration issued on March 13, 2020 for an additional 30-day period. By issuing a disaster declaration, the state will have access to adequate resources and powers, such as the ability to waive certain laws and regulations and access to emergency supplies, in direct response to COVID-19. The declaration does not extend the “shelter-in-place” orders, which remain in effect until April 30th. To view the Governor’s proclamation, please click here: Disaster Declaration Extension Proclamation.

Governor Abbott will have a press conference later this week and is expected to discuss a plan to reopen businesses.

Governor Announces New Small Business Loan Program

Governor Abbott held a press conference on Monday to announce a new partnership with Goldman Sachs and LiftFund to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas affected by COVID-19. The new business loans, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), will be used primarily for payroll continuity. To apply and for more information, please click on the following link: LiftFund Website.

ACEC National COVID-19 Webinars & Roundtables

ACEC National has announced they will again make available complimentary roundtable discussions and webinars for member firms. The roundtables are designed to convene member firms virtually to discuss the issues facing your business as well as share ideas on how the industry can help our communities during COVID-19. To view and sign up for a roundtable or webinar, please see the following links:

Comptroller: Details on Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is urging Texans to shop online or practice strict social distancing for in-store purchases during the upcoming April 25th – 27th sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. The intent of the tax holiday is to help prepare Texans for significant weather events beginning in the spring months, such as hurricanes. For more details from the Comptroller’s Office, please click on the following link: Comptroller’s Press Release.

To view a complete listing of emergency supplies that can be purchased tax free, please click on the following: Tax Free List – Emergency Supplies.

For regular industry news and updates regarding COVID-19,
please visit the ACEC Texas and ACEC National
webpages by clicking on the following:

ACEC Texas: COVID-19

ACEC National: COVID-19

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