COVID-19 Resources for Business

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are far reaching. Although at its center it is a personal and public health issue, nearly every part of society is being disrupted in an effort to slow the spread and save lives. The Economic Development Office of the City of University Place remains active as a resource for businesses during this emergency.

This page will be updated as new information is released. We want to keep you informed and provide you with links to resources for your business during this emergency. Please check back often.

Additionally, we will send out an e-blast each Friday during this emergency, providing you with the newest information. If you would like to receive the e-blasts, send your e-mail address to Becky Metcalf to be added to our distribution list. View the e-blast archive below.

Information You Can Use

  • Applying for PPP Loan forgiveness: The application form and instructions that will be used to apply for forgiveness of PPP loans is now available.
  • Track the Numbers: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has put together an excellent dashboard for those desiring the track the numbers related to COVID-19 locally.  A most recent view of this site shows that there has been a total of 58 cases and 1 death in University Place related to COVID-19.
  • Washington State Phased Re-opening Plan: View Governor Inslee's phased re-opening plan for Washington State.
  • Pierce County "Emergency Small Business Relief" Loans: On April 21, the Pierce County Council expanded their loan program to be available to Pierce County businesses located in incorporated areas. These loans are for businesses with up to 20 employees.
  • Paycheck Protection Program Funds Again Available: SBA is now accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program This loan program is accessed through local banks.  Check with your business banker for more information.
  • The City's Planning and Development Services Department is up and running. However, most interactions will be done through email and phone. Please Do NOT come to City Hall for assistance. Please check the Planning and Development Services webpage or call 253.460.5406.
  • On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Pierce County Assessor/Treasurer announced an extension of the property tax payment deadline from April 1 to June 1.
  • Tacoma Public Utilities is offering extensions for payments, but they must be requested.
  • Check out the Business Info Series on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce or the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County websites.
  • The Employment Security Department is fielding a massive volume of phone calls at the current time. Check out these Key Steps to help your employees. Their website provides the information you are seeking in many cases.

Archive of ED UPDates

May 22, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 8, 2020
May 1, 2020
April 24, 2020
April 17, 2020
April 10, 2020
April 3, 2020
March 27, 2020
March 20, 2020

Questions? Contact Becky Metcalf, Economic Development Project Assistant.