Give us a call or an e-mail - when you're ready - and we can face this challenge together.

RKG's COVID-19 Response + Resources

What we're doing

At RKG Associates, our first priority is ensuring the health and safety of our team, their extended network, our clients, and partners. Therefore, we have closed all offices and transitioned to a virtual platform where work has continued in close coordination with our clients. We’re working hard to help our clients keep their projects moving forward even as communities, businesses, and investors cope with changing schedules and shifting market realities. Our clients can rest assured that RKG is as engaged and focused as ever on providing advice that unlocks great spaces. We’re proud that our firm is “led by principals with principles” – leaders that are highly accessible and that work directly with our clients on every project RKG undertakes. We feel that this personal touch is more important now than ever.

How we can help

Communities today are facing significant uncertainty. Will downtown retailers reopen? Will municipalities have to cut services? Is there still a market for new development? RKG is here to help you think through these issues, and come up with creative strategies, backed by data, to move your community forward and make critical decisions. As our efforts must confront a new, post-COVID-19 reality, we’re ready to assist communities with retail and downtown revitalization strategies, fiscal and economic impact studies, and plans for repositioning real estate that may have seen its most marketable use change in a matter of weeks. Give us a call or an email – when you’re ready – and we can face this challenge together.

Resources

Over the coming weeks, we will continue our efforts to gather information, data sources, funding programs, and thought pieces to serve as a resource to you. To start, we've compiled several resources and articles below, as well as links to up-to-date resource pages by several of our economic development partners.

Thank you for your continued partnership and all the work you are doing to help your communities get through this challenging time.

RKG Articles

Updated May 2020: RKG & Pinnacle Advisory Group on COVID-19's Impact on the Hotel Industry in Boston & Cambridge

"Free-Falling Into Our New Normal: What's in Store for DC Metro Communities Post-COVID-19?"

RKG's latest research briefing is available now.

Briefings

Resources, News & Ideas

Resources

4/17/2020 - Main Street America's COVID-19 Survey Results

Main Street America's new report highlights the results of their nationwide survey of small businesses and the impact of COVID-19, indicating that small businesses in states and communities across the country have been hit hard.

Access their information here: 

https://www.mainstreet.org/blogs/national-main-street-center/2020/04/14/just-released-data-from-the-survey-on-the-impact-o

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4/10/2020 - IEDC's COVID-19 Economic Development Resources

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has compiled a list of action items, best practices, and ideas for economic development professionals in the time of Coronavirus.

Access their information here: 

https://restoreyoureconomy.org/index.php

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4/10/2020 - Small Business Administration's COVID-19 Resources

The SBA's relief programs, including low-interest disaster relief loans for businesses and homeowners, can be found via this link: 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

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4/10/2020 - Free Job Posting Data Dashboard

RKG's partners at EMSI, an economic data and modeling firm, have allowed free access to state-level jobs data and trends analysis for the US and Canada.

Access their dashboard here: 

https://www.economicmodeling.com/job-posting-dashboard/

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4/10/2020 - ULI Webinar: Confronting COVID-19: Considerations for Multifamily and Affordable Housing

The Urban Land Institute's Center for Housing has posted a video of this week's webinar, in which experts on health and housing provided their perspectives on how owners and operators of multifamily properties should respond.

Find the video here: 

https://knowledge.uli.org/videos-and-webinars/webinars/2020/confronting-covid19-considerations-for-multifamily-and-affordable-housing?utm_source=realmagnet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Roundup%204%2D10%2D2020

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News & Ideas

4/2/2020 - ICMA: How Local Governments Are Working to Keep Small Business Alive

Federal relief funds have been committed but many small businesses do not have the cash flow to survive.

Read the blogpost here: 

https://icma.org/blog-posts/how-local-governments-are-working-keep-small-business-alive

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4/1/2020 - How Will Virginia's Housing Market Fare in Another Recession? 

The Virginia Realtors have posted a list of resources as well as blog posts on likely impacts of COVID-19 on the state's real estate.

Read the blogpost here: 

https://www.virginiarealtors.org/2020/04/01/how-will-virginias-housing-market-fare-in-another-recession/

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