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Many Cathedral City Households Could Get Up to $50 in Monthly Credit for Spectrum Internet

Charter Communications, Inc., which serves Cathedral City, announced its participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, part of the company’s ongoing commitment to help close the digital divide. You may be eligible for a credit up to $50 per month (up to $75 for households on Tribal Lands) toward qualifying Spectrum Internet plans for the duration of the program.

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Restaurants, Bars, Bakeries, Food Trucks, and Caterers Can Apply for New Federal Relief Funds

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location.

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Cathedral City Small Business Assistance Program

In late 2020, the Federal Housing and Urban Development agency awarded Cathedral City an additional allocation of Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) funds. Recognizing the difficult situation Cathedral City businesses are facing due to COVID-19, the City Council voted to create an economic assistance program (“Program”) for Cathedral City businesses. Currently, there is approximately $370,000 available for Cathedral City businesses.

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Community Update

A lot has happened since our last economic development update in October. Infection rates dropped, businesses began to reopen, and we attempted to return to “normal.” Unfortunately, too many of us dropped our guard, too quickly. Maybe we weren’t wearing masks as we should have, perhaps we weren’t social distancing as prescribed, or maybe we started gathering in small groups. In any case, the COVID-19 infection rates have come roaring back. Since the steps to control the spread of COVID-19 are simple (always wear a mask, always socially distance, and avoid large gatherings), what we do over Christmas will determine how long our economy remains closed down.

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