COVID-19 Resources for Communities

Wyoming residents are looking to their community leaders for guidance now more than ever. Here, we've gathered resources and ideas for community economic development groups and public-sector leaders.

We know there are many organizations, government agencies and private businesses providing information through tools like webinars, as well as shifting their events to a digital format. We invite you to submit your webinar or event here.

Are you an employer or an employee? We have resources for you, too.

Wyoming Business Directory

- We have introduced a new GIS tool for businesses. The tool allows individual businesses to post information about altered hours, special accommodations and creative changes they've made to continue to serve customers during the covid-19 outbreak.

The tool has a button in the upper right corner that allows you to add your own business to the map. Please allow some time for us to approve the listing.

If you need to edit existing business information, you may contact wbc-bizdirectory@wyo.gov with updates.

Customers can search by city, county, business type or business name to better understand what is available in their community.

Click the image to explore the tool.

Main Street

- There's a lot to track and think about when trying to guide your town through this outbreak. The national Main Street Center created a handy checklist that may help you organize your thoughts and keep your small business owners engaged.

- The National Main Street Center has an interactive map offering anecdotes of how small businesses in other towns are taking creative approaches to providing goods and services while protecting their community.



Restaurants, hotels and bars are among the hardest hit businesses in the early days of this outbreak. The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association has a FAQ covering some of the changes for those businesses, as well as ideas for how to adapt.

Community Resilience

All over Wyoming, people are hurting right now. But in times of need, that's when our small, tight-knit communities and local business owners shine brightest. We've gathered some of the stories we've learned about or been part of in the last few weeks, and we'll be highlighting them here, and on social media in the days to come.

We hope these serve as inspiration for ways you can help your community in its time of greatest need, and we hope this reminds you of what makes Wyoming special.

Connectivity

Homeland Security also offers some considerations around cybersecurity as more organizations turn to telework in order to engage in social distancing and stem the outbreak.

The USDA has extended the deadline to July 13 to apply for $74 million that can be used by educational institutions, private industry, nonprofits, tribes, local governments and more to help Wyomingites gain access to telehealth and distance learning

Every telecom and most broadband providers in Wyoming have signed onto the Keep Americans Connected pledge and have been providing whatever services are needed to keep students, teachers, hospitals and clinics connected, including providing free service as necessary. Small broadband providers serving fewer than 250,000 customers could be compensated for providing these services to low-income families who could not afford their bills thanks to $2 billion expected to be provided under a future phase of the CARES Act.

The FCC has waived certain rules so that schools are now allowed to create community internet access points using E-Rate connections.

Basic Needs

The Wyoming Hunger Initiative task force is offering grants to help organizations meet the needs of Wyoming families struggling with food access and insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website also has a county-by-county listing of resources.

Rural Assistance

The USDA has a guide to both rural-specific and general assistance available to local governments and nonprofits.