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News and Resources - COVID-19

The Bay Area Manufacturers Association will continue to support manufacturers and promote economic development in the Tampa Bay Region through this COVID-19 crisis. BAMA will provide a forum to exchange ideas and share best practice information with our members through webinars, emails and online links.  We are not experts in most of the topics below but we have a network of experts we can rely on to provide you with the most accurate and updated information possible.  

The US and global economy are in uncharted waters at this time. Florida is no different. Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health, safety and community well-being. It will be even more important in the critical recovery effort to follow.

In Florida, manufacturers are identified as essential critical infrastructure that bears a unique responsibility during this crisis to continue operations and, in many cases, contribute to the accelerated demand for much-needed materials and supplies brought about through this crisis and for the overall sustainability of our communities.

We are calling on all Florida manufacturers to please complete the survey!

The information shared will assist us in helping with the COVID-19 response in the following ways:

1.  Get manufacturing capabilities connected to the critical demands being generated during this period. (Answers to questions 1 through 5 will be made available through Connex Florida – Florida’s Supply Chain Solution to be drawn upon at this time of critical demand.)

2.  Learn about the current challenges of Florida's manufacturing industry; whether there is a need for technical, business/financial, or workforce assistance to either sustain operations or scale-up production. (Answers to questions 6 through 14 will remain confidential and will help us develop new tools and / or improve our current resources to assist manufacturers.)

If you are a Florida manufacturer, we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. If you are not one, please share this message with all your Florida manufacturing stakeholders.

Florida’s economic resiliency relies on companies like you to remain engaged and active during a crisis.

Governor DeSantis signs Executive Order 20 91, “Essential Services and Activities During COVID 19 Emergency”

On April 1, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-91, “Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency” which provides for the designation of “essential” services as detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v.2 (March 28, 2020).  

Read the Executive Order (see Section 2 A) here which becomes effective on April 3.

Read the referenced DHS Guidance here.

This order provides the necessary and broad authority for manufacturers, as designated in the DHS Guidance, to present to local governments and, in some cases, customers as a basis for continuation of their production operations.

If your company has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic visit our Disaster Recovery and Readiness site for news and resources to help you manage the crisis. You may also contact us for assistance through our FloridaMakes Business Advisor, Paula DeLuca, paula.deluca@floridamakes.com. 

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