Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday announced more than $100 million in investments to help small businesses and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new plan includes an additional $50 million for “We’re All In Grants,” an economic development grant program launched by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) this summer. More than 26,000 businesses received “We’re all In Grants” statewide.
Tuesday's announcement also provides further investments in economic stabilization programs to support the lodging and tourism industry, live music and performance venues, cultural non-profits, and privately owned movie theaters.
Here's a closer look at the numbers:
• $20 million for the Wisconsin lodging industry. This investment will provide the lodging industry emergency resources to navigate a reduction in travel and cover the cost of implementing additional public health best practices as the pandemic continues.
$15 million for live music and performance venues throughout Wisconsin. Music venues were among the first small businesses to close and may be among the last to fully re-open. Many owners have been vocal in expressing the need for federal assistance to further supplement the state investments already made.
$10 million to support privately owned movie theaters. This investment will assist privately owned movie theaters while federal support remains stalled.
$10 million in additional support for non-profit cultural venues. The additional support will bring the full investment in these treasures to $15 million and support local communities around the state.
$4 million for destination marketing organizations and tourism drivers.