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City to help businesses operate outdoors in pandemic winter
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keeping businesses open and this is another step,” Mayor Lynn Deutsch said. ’’This fo
cuses on helping employers keep people employed and their doors open.”
“This is just positive, good news,” said City Councilmember Joe Seconder. “We all
need some good news these days. This is just awesome and could be a differentiator by
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creating an environment where everywhere you go for dinner in Dunwoody, you'll have
a nice, warm place to sit outside.”
The grant funding comes from the city’s COVID war chest. The city in August se
cured about $5.6 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security
(CARES) Act money.
According to a press release, the maximum matching grant for each business is
$5,000 and applications will be reviewed by the Dunwoody Economic Development De
partment. Businesses can apply online at dunwoodyga.gov.
“We’re getting a lot of demand from not just restaurants, but other businesses as
winter is coming,” city Economic Development Director Michael Starling said. “Most of
them think, obviously, that coronavirus is not going to go away. It’s just getting worse.
And to continue operating, they need some help. So our idea is to have this $150,000 to
be able to match investment from them.”
In October, the city doled out $400,000 in grant dollars to eight nonprofit organiza
tions as part of a program to assist residents hit the hardest by by the pandemic. The A1
Fresco grant funding was one of four economic assistance programs council members
approved at the Nov. 9 meeting. All four are bankrolled with CARES Act dollars.
Among them were a $1 million small business assistance program, a $250,000 entre
preneurship program and $100,000 dedicated to a tourism and marketing campaign.
The winterization program is just one of several efforts the city has made to assist
pandemic-hit businesses in recent months.
The cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs in September combined forces on “Let’s
Do Lunch,” a marketing campaign intended to boost local restaurants struggling in the
pandemic economy — especially those hit by the loss of lunchtime business as people
In August, the city permitted temporary signs for businesses in the Dunwoody Vil
lage area around Chamblee-Dunwoody and Mount Vernon roads.
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