The Economic Development and Tourism Departments from Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro (SAW) are collaborating with eight other community organizations to share resources and information relating to the COVID-19 crisis. Known as the SAW MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) Recovery Task Force, the group is focused on providing resources to small businesses to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
As its first group initiative, the SAW task force will be offering 200 free PPE kits (includes masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, printed signs, and how to open guide) split equally between businesses and nonprofits on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses will need to contact their economic development offices for eligibility and details.
Future initiatives will include promotional campaigns aimed at encouraging residents to support local businesses, peer-to-peer networking, and advanced business planning programs.