Lawmakers announce Knox County, Vincennes receive COVID-19 response funding

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Monday, May 11, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2020) – Knox County and Vincennes recently received $500,000 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Reps. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch).

"Small businesses everywhere are facing monumental struggles due to this pandemic through no fault of their own," Borders said. "This financial relief can help them weather the storm as we work through this crisis."

Knox County was awarded $250,000 to help area businesses with operational and retention costs. Additionally, Vincennes received $250,000 to start a loan program for businesses facing hardships due to the pandemic. According to Hostettler, 62 communities received funding through the COVID-19 Response Program.

"One of the fastest ways to jumpstart our economy is to support local businesses," Hostettler said. "Knox County and Vincennes now have access to funds to help their small businesses. When the economy recovers, they will be in a better position to recuperate from recent events."

Last month, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which allowed the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to redirect Community Development Block Grant funds to assist with COVID-19 needs. As a result, the COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of the public health emergency on Indiana’s rural communities.

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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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