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State launches COVID-19 resource website

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the launch of altogetheralabama.org on April 6.

The website will serve as an online resource and contain information regarding how the state is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release, the Governor’s Office referred to the website as the state’s official guide to COVID-19 relief efforts.

“These are challenging times,” Ivey said. “We needed a place to efficiently and rapidly post and disseminate information as soon as it’s available.”

The goal is for it to be a source for anyone directly impacted by the pandemic or those simply wanting to offer up support.

Business owners can use the site to learn more about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which went into effect April 3 to provide a direct incentive for such businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

On the other end of the spectrum, displaced workers can also use the site to learn about enhanced unemployment benefits.

“It’s important for Alabama’s business owners, and its workforce to take full advantage of the resources being made available through the federal government’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief package,” Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce Greg Canfield said. “The site is meant to expedite the process so both employers and employees can get back up on their feet as fast as possible.”

Bringing people from across an array of platforms to help in the recovery efforts is one of the unique aspects the website will offer.

According to the Governor’s Office, it will act as a portal for companies, nonprofits and individuals to offer up solutions, which includes volunteering, making donations of supplies, offering an assistance program and even posting job openings.

Opportunity Alabama, a nonprofit organization that promotes investment in the state’s designated opportunity zones, partnered with the website’s development.

“Over the last two years, opportunity zones have allowed us to build a network of stakeholders that care deeply about helping distressed places,” Opportunity Alabama founder and CEO Alex Flachsbart said. “We hope this site will provide a gateway linking our network to those businesses and communities in economic distress, no matter where they are in Alabama.”

Any business, program or individual looking join the COVID-19 response and relief efforts can register at altogetheralabama.org/join.

“We are all in this together,” Ivey said.