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ABCD: 58 awarded CHIRP grants

The Altoona Blair County Development Corp., in cooperation with the Blair County commissioners, announced Friday that $1.35 million has been awarded through the county’s portion of the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program.

ABCD processed 67 applications of which 58 eligible applicants were awarded CHIRP grants. Funds will be used to help these companies pay for or reimburse eligible operating costs, including employee payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utilities bills and other expenditures.

A list of awardees will be made public on the Blair County website by Aug. 31.

“The Board of Commissioners appreciates ABCD’s professional and timely administration of the County’s CHIRP funds to aid these businesses which were devastated by the COVID restrictions,” said Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb in a statement.

Applications were given funding priority based on state criteria, and all qualified applicants were awarded grants.

“We are glad that these important rescue funds could get into the hands of those who need it most, quickly and efficiently,” said Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of ABCD Corp., in a statement. “Now we need to concentrate on getting all businesses fully opened without restrictions as soon as possible.”

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