COVID-19 Updates and Assistance
The EDCLC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Our organization’s main concern is the health of our community and the short- and long-term stability of Lea County’s businesses.
As of 3/23/20, NM Governor Lujan Grisham has requested all non-essential businesses close. Please view the documents below for more information on what businesses are considered essential and will remain open.
US Congress passed the CARES Act to help small businesses and employees hit by the effects of the COVID-19 virus. Below, find resources about the Act and how businesses can access or utilize funds.
State & Federal Programs
NM Economic Development Department, Dept of Workforce Solutions, & Tourism have created a Rapid Response Taskforce for businesses with questions. If you are unsure where to go for resources, submit your questions directly.
NM Economic Development Department is offering loan guarantees as well as zero interest LEDA funds (LEDA applies only to infrastructure for manufacturing companies). Information regarding federal SBA loans is also available on their webpage.
NM Department of Workforce Solutions has made it easier to apply for unemployment benefits, specifically if you have been impacted by the Coronavirus. The requirement to look for work has also been waived.
The Association of Commerce & Industry has information regarding state and federal programs to help businesses through this time.
The All Together Fund has been established to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will be used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 developments and best practices for staying safe and healthy using the following websites:
New Mexico Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
(Please use the number above if you have HEALTH related questions about the coronavirus.)
New Mexico Coronavirus Information Hotline: 1-833-551-0518
(Please use the number above if you have questions about school closures, job issues etc.)