Business owners across the Lake are ready to get back to normal as the state continues its Phase 1 re-opening, but in Jefferson City it’s a different tune……

Economic Director Rob Dixon says everyone will have to begin operating under a new normal, at least until a vaccine has been created for COVID 19.

He says in Phase 2 they’ll be working on ways to help business owners maintain these new levels of cleanliness and operational changes.


“We are working together to develop and institute resilient and sustainable economic initiatives that promote prosperity in our state,” Director of Economic Development Rob Dixon said. “This is not a short term recovery effort, and it will always be connected to our ability to deal with the virus. The ‘Show Me Strong’ Recovery Plan provides a path forward.”

The COVID-19 virus is not going away any time soon. Companies will have to learn to safely and responsibly conduct business in this “new normal” that Missouri is facing. If businesses, employees, and customers continue to practice good mitigation techniques – like social distancing, modifying the physical workspace, additional sanitation, shifted work schedules, and others – Missouri will soon be able to engage in additional economic activity.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD), will receive an emergency grant of $1.3 million for COVID-19 Disaster Recovery. The RecoverMO Humanitarian Work Grant will target dislocated workers from across the state and help MDHEWD provide temporary employment opportunities in humanitarian work such as grocery delivery, health care workers, contact tracing, and other work directly supporting COVID-19, as well as job training opportunities. The money will be awarded to MDHEWD on June 1, and will be available to local workforce development boards within 45 days.

Additionally, MDHEWD will be launching the #RecoverMO campaign on May 18, to begin to hold virtual job fairs and help Missourians skillup and get back to work. As part of the campaign, the department will highlight several short-term training programs from Missouri higher education institutions that are offered to allow Missourians to quickly earn a certificate or industry-recognized credential.