Economic Development Sharing and Discussion Forum

COVID-19 Economic Development Resources

by Amelea Kim -

About This Guide

Last Updated 6/22/20

While the economic impacts of COVID-19 are not yet known, it's important for libraries to support their communities in whatever ways they can to help with the mitigation. Here is a list of resources that libraries can recommend to their patrons related to economic development and COVID-19:

Other COVID-19 Guides from the Montana State Library

  1. COVID-19: Guidance on Hosting Public Library Board Meetings
  2. COVID-19: Resources for Libraries
  3. COVID-19: Reopening and Reentry for Libraries
  4. COVID-19: Weekly Meet-Up Summaries

Internet Connectivity

Montana-Specific Resources


  1. MT High Tech Business Alliance Webinar - Crisis Communications: How to Work with the Media, Talk to Stakeholders, and Share News (Good and Bad) in the Midst of Turbulent Times on 4/14/20, from 4 - 4:45 pm
  2.  (43 minutes): On April 3rd, Miranda Brigitta-Freer, Executive Director of the Montana World Trade Center, interviewed Brent Donnelly, Director of the Montana SBA office. Brent drilled down SBA's disaster relief tools including the Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan program and Paycheck Protection Program which is part of the recently passed CARES act.
  3. MSU Extension Webinar Series - The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Thursdays, from 2 - 3 pm: The recent economic impacts of CV-19 are wide spread and evolving quickly.  George Haynes, Kate Fuller and Joel Schumacher will provide an economists view of how the recent events are impacting different sectors of the economy. We have reached out to several Economists from the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research to provide some insights in their areas of expertise.  The webinars will be offered on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00, starting this week. These webinars are open to the public so please feel free to share this information with members of your community.
  4. Washington State Library, Business Reference During the Time of COVID-19 on 6/18/20, from 3 - 4 pm MT
    1. Recording Available at Niche Academy

National/Federal Resources

  1. US Department of Labor - COVID-19 Guide
  2. US Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
    1. COVID-19 Relief Options and Additional Resources
  3. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know
  4. US Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Guide
  5. Virtual Jobs - National Labor Exchange
  6. Need a Job Now - National Labor Exchange
  7. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Financial Resources for Libraries
  8. Grow with Google: COVID-19 Resources
  9. Grow with Google: Digital Literacy Skills - Free Classes
  10. Libraries Lead with Digital Skills - ALA Grant Program with Google