NEW JERSEY TO HELP BUSINESSES, WORKERS HIT BY STORM
By Andrew Tangel/The Record
August 29, 2011
Governor Christie’s office announced a series of measures Sunday night to assist businesses and employees hit hard by Hurricane Irene.
The state will offer short-term financing, information on temporary space and technical assistance, among other programs, a statement from the governor’s office said.
“We will work to protect the assets of our state’s businesses, provide the necessary temporary support to our workforce and sustain our economic vibrancy,” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said in the statement.
Here are some of the programs announced:
- Access to lines of credit of up to $500,000 for businesses that need cash to improve damaged property while awaiting insurance proceeds.
- Grants for businesses to help with on-the-job training costs for new workers hired specifically to assist in disaster-related activities, such as landscaping and tree removal, construction, insurance claims, building supplies sales, materials transport, utility work, staffing call and claims centers, and infrastructure clearing and repair.
- Use of Business Resource Centers at the state’s 17 local One-Stop Career Centers for telephone and Internet access.
- Disaster unemployment benefits for workers who lose their jobs because of the storm.
In the statement, Christie’s office said it would also dispatch Rapid Response team members to Disaster Recovery Centers to assist displaced workers.
The state will also make available services through New Jersey Youth Corps to assist non-profit, public and governmental entities for disaster relief and cleanup, it said.