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    During Economic Highs and Lows, the Arts Are Key Segment of US Economy – The Southern Maryland Chronicle - March 29, 2020 by admin

    News Release, National Endowment for the Arts

    Washington, DCAccording to the latest data issued today by theBureau of Economic Analysisand the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts remain a vital component of the U.S. economy. As the United States navigates a time of economic uncertainty due to the spread of COVID-19, it is important to recognize and champion the economic contributions of the arts to all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and the nation as a whole.

    The sixth edition of the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) finds that arts and culture contributed $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nations gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017. That same year, there were over 5 million wage and salary workers employed in the arts and cultural sector, earning a total of $405 billion.Complete national findingsare available including interactive infographic anddata tables.

    The ACPSA tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production from 35 industries, both commercial and nonprofit. The 35 industries that are tracked range from architectural services to sound recording and are considered a distinct sector of the nations economy. With the outbreak of COVID-19, many arts organizations and venuestheaters, concert halls, museums, studios, festivals, and gallerieshave shut their doors until further notice from public health officials.

    Earned income accounts for a substantial share of the bottom line of most nonprofit arts organizations, Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis at the Arts Endowment, said. During economic downturns, the sector is acutely vulnerablein terms of earned income, but also in fundraising. Given the lean operating budgets of such organizations, these losses can have an outsized impact, leading to fewer jobs in arts industries, and in the businesses that supply them.

    Key National Findings

    As arts venues close, it will be important to monitor the impact on ticket sales.

    Arts industries that contribute the most value to the nations GDP are also highly reactive to swings in business cycles including:

    Even as the sector continues to respond to market forces, it is worth noting that arts and culture contribute significantly to the U.S. economy.

    The arts and cultural sector add more to the economy than do construction and transportation/warehousingcombined.

    Arts and culture generate a widening trade surplus. From 2006 to 2017, this surplus grew 9?fold, to more than $25 billion.

    The sector has shown a capacity for rapid growth.

    Key State Findings

    On a state level, the arts and cultural sector added $72.8 billion to the economies of rural statesi.e., states in which 30 percent or more of the population live in rural areas, equaling 18 states.

    Six states significantly surpassed the average national growth rate of 5.6 percent for the period 2015-2017: Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, Georgia, and Massachusetts.

    Arts and cultural value-added for Average annual growth rate of 2017 (in millions) value-added: 2015-2017

    Complete state findingsare available also.In addition, through an award from the Arts Endowment, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) has producedan interactive dashboardthat allows users to explore key information for individual states.

    The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community.While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a pay-wall style news site.

    To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether its a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at [emailprotected]

    Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. David M. Higgins II

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    City of Boca Raton Issues Updated Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, Until Further Notice – The Boca Raton Tribune - March 29, 2020 by admin

    The City of Boca Raton is closing all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, effective 12:01am Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice.

    View the full Emergency Order (PDF).

    All nonessential retail and commercial business locations (meaning all that are not expressly deemed essential as stated in 2 below) are ordered closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations.

    Minimum Basic Operations means the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate employees working remotely, provided such businesses shall practice, and ensure persons interacting with and within such businesses practice, social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC.

    The following retail and commercial businesses are deemed essential and existing retail and commercial business locations of these businesses may remain open, but shall practice, and ensure persons interacting with and within such businesses practice, social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC:

    Essential Businesses That May Remain Open

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    LIST: These are the only businesses to remain open in Maryland – WUSA9.com - March 29, 2020 by admin

    Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to close. That includes bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and other places where crowds could gather that are not critical to infrastructure of day-to-day life.

    Hogan emphasized that this is not a shelter-in-place order, as has been issued in other states. He said he believes closing down businesses is a more effective way to keep people from venturing out.

    "Marylanders are urged to remain home, and employers are urged to promote work-from-home arrangements to the greatest extent possible," according to the Office of Legal Counsel of Maryland.

    In Monday's press conference, Hogan thanked the Marylanders who have been social distancing and staying at home, but cautioned those who have not complied.

    Unfortunately, many people are still not taking it seriously," Hogan said. "There were crowds of people visiting the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., and large gatherings on the beach in Ocean City and on the boardwalk. If you are engaged in this kind of activity, you are breaking the law, and you are literally endangering the lives of your family, your friends, and fellow citizens."

    The cloture of all non-essential businesses began at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23.

    Hogan said it's a difficult decision having to close businesses, but his administration is trying to be aggressive to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    "It's the twin battles, so we don't take any of these steps, and hundreds of thousands or millions of people are going to die in America," Hogan said. "We do take these steps and hundreds of thousands are going to be hurt economically, so its a terrible choice, and so the solution is we try to do both. We try to save lives, and then we try to help save the economy."

    He said they have set up multiple funds to help small businesses weather the storm.

    At least one of the funds provides up to $10,000 in the form of a direct, immediate grant to help businesses with fewer than 50 employees. His administration said they are also offering up to $50,000 in low-interest loans, with a 0 percent interest rate in the first 12 months.

    To help families as they try to stock up on supplies, the Governor also signed an executive order Monday to ban price gauging.

    Retailers who attempt to exploit this crisis for profit and gain will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," the Governor said.

    Below is a list of businesses that are considered essential and will remain open, according to a release from the Office of Legal Counsel of Maryland.

    The Chemical Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Pharmaceutical manufacturers.

    ii. Chemical manufacturers.

    iii. Distributors of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

    The Commercial Facilities Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Lodging.

    ii. Building and property maintenance companies, including without limitation plumbers, electricians, HVAC service companies, roofers, environmental services companies, exterminators, arborists, and landscapers.

    iii. Janitorial firms.

    iv. Companies that sell supplies and materials for maintenance of commercial and residential buildings, including big box home improvement supply stores, plumbing distributors, electrical distributors, and HVAC distributors.

    v. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry services.

    vi. Commercial and residential construction companies.

    vii. Self-storage facilities.

    RELATED: Gov. Hogan issues order to close all nonessential businesses in Maryland

    The Communications Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Broadcasting companies and stations.

    ii. Cable TV companies.

    iii. Telephone (cellular and landline) companies.

    iv. Internet service providers.

    The Critical Manufacturing Sector includes, but is not limited to, manufacturing of:

    i. Steel, iron, and aluminum products.

    ii. Engines, motors, turbines, generators, and power transmission equipment.

    iii. Earth-moving, mining, agricultural, and construction equipment.

    iv. Parts for water, electric, and telecommunications utility infrastructure.

    v. Land, air, and water vehicles, and related parts.

    vi. Medical equipment.

    vii. Personal protective equipment.

    viii. Cleaning and sanitation equipment and supplies.

    The Defense Industrial Base Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Companies that research, develop, manufacture, or integrate weapons, defense, or intelligence systems or assets.

    ii. Private contractors that support defense and intelligence agencies.

    The Emergency Services Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Law enforcement.

    ii. Emergency medical services.

    iii. Emergency management.

    iv. Fire and rescue services.

    v. Private ambulance companies.

    The Energy Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Companies engaged in electricity production (excluding hydroelectric and nuclear, which are included in other sectors).

    ii. Companies engaged in the production, refining, storage, transportation, distribution, and sale of oil, gas, and propane products, including gas stations and truck stops.

    iii. Companies that provide utility maintenance services.

    The Financial Services Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Banks and credit unions.

    ii. Non-bank lenders.

    iii. Payroll processing companies.

    iv. Payment processing companies.

    v. Armored car companies.

    vi. Insurance companies.

    vii. Securities and investment companies.

    viii. Accounting and bookkeeping firms.

    The Food and Agriculture Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Grocery stores.

    ii. Farmers markets.

    iii. Convenience stores.

    iv. Alcoholic beverage stores and distributors, distilleries, and wineries.

    v. Institutional food service and supply companies.

    vi. Farms.

    vii. Food manufacturing and processing.

    viii. Pet supply stores.

    ix. Veterinary hospitals, clinics, and kennels.

    x. Companies that manufacture, maintain, and sell agricultural equipment.

    xi. Companies that manufacture, or support the manufacturing of paper products.

    Please note: Restaurants and bars are required to close except for carryout, delivery, and drive-through sales.

    RELATED: 'Now is not the time' | Ocean City beach, boardwalk closes amid coronavirus concerns

    The Government Facilities Sector also encompasses private persons and entities that support the judicial system including, but not limited to:

    i. Lawyers and law firms.

    ii. Court reporters.

    iii. Bail bondsmen.

    The Healthcare and Public Health Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Hospitals.

    ii. Healthcare systems and clinics.

    iii. Offices of health care providers, including physicians, dentists, and pharmacists.

    iv. Physical, occupation, and speech therapists.

    v. Behavioral health facilities and professionals, including psychologists, mental health counselors, and substance abuse counselors

    vi. Rehabilitation facilities.

    vii. Diagnostic facilities, including radiology, imaging, and laboratory facilities.

    viii. Health plans, payers, and billing companies.

    ix. Funeral homes and crematoriums.

    x. Senior living facilities, including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing.

    xi. Manufacturers and distributors of medical equipment and supplies.

    xii. Medical cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries.

    xiii. Home health care companies.

    xiv. Pharmacies.

    The Information Technology Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Companies that design, develop, distribute, host, sell, and support information technology software and hardware.

    ii. Companies that provide network routing, access, and configuration services.

    The Transportation Systems Sector includes, but is not limited to:

    i. Airlines and operators of commercial aircraft (manned and unmanned).

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    LIST: These are the only businesses to remain open in Maryland - WUSA9.com

    COVID-19 Safer-at-Home Orders Now Effective in Tampa Bay and Other Florida Counties and Municipalities – Lexology - March 29, 2020 by admin

    On March 17 and 20, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Orders 20-68 and 20-71, announcing unprecedented state-wide closures of bars and nightclubs, restaurants for on-site dining, and stand-alone gyms. Since then, additional counties and municipalities in Florida have enacted more stringent measures attempting to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    The virus has continued to spread rapidly in South Florida, including the Tampa Bay area. As of March 26, 2020, the Florida Department of Health reported 2,359 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Florida residents and 29 deaths. The counties with the highest reported cases were Dade (654), Broward (505), Palm Beach (174), and Hillsborough (151). Pinellas County reported 65 cases.

    Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners issued the first safer-at-home order impacting Tampa Bay, Resolution No. 20-20. The order is effective March 26, 2020 through the expiration of the countys declared State of Local Emergency or until the Board of County Commissioners determines that a policy change is in the publics best interest. Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group passed a similar safer-at-home order effective 10:00 p.m. on March 27, 2020, until it is rescinded by the countys Emergency Policy Group.

    Both counties orders require businesses to close if they do not provide Essential Services or cannot maintain the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) social distancing and group gathering guidelines to keep at least six feet between persons.

    Pinellas County

    In Pinellas County, non-essential businesses must post a notice that is clearly visible at all times to those present on the premises including patrons and employees, in a form to be established by the County Administrator. A list of frequently-asked questions can be accessed on the countys website. Businesses that do not comply with the order may be subject to enforcement action up to and including orders to close and criminal charges.

    The Pinellas County order also broadly defines Essential Services, to include the following:

    Hillsborough County

    The Hillsborough County safer-at-home order emphasizes that all residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, except in limited circumstances. In addition to social distancing, businesses are required to follow Florida Department of Health guidance and to use best practices, as set forth by the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, to reduce the risk of worker exposure to COVID-19 in workplaces. A violation of the order may be prosecuted as a second degree misdemeanor punishable as provided in section 775.082 or 775.083, Florida Statutes.

    The order exempts the following essential individuals, businesses, and services:

    Similar measures involving closure of certain businesses are currently effective in other counties and municipalities across Florida, including:

    Employers may want to review these orders to ensure they are in compliance in all areas of Florida where they conduct business.

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    Construction Activity in the Covid-19 Era: Essential Activity or Non-Essential Activity? – Lexology - March 29, 2020 by admin

    As more and more states and localities shut down entire industries and order workers and citizens to stay home and shelter in place, many companies are asking How does this affect my operations? In this post, we focus on the Construction Industry and how it fits into the Federal, state and municipal mosaic of what is being defined as essential.

    In many of the states and localities that have ordered nonessential industries to cease physical location, in-office or in-facility work, the orders or guidance categorize construction as essential infrastructure. Some of this is on their own volition, other States have relied or been guided by Federal Guidance that has been published by Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure (CISA) Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Division. This publication is commonly referred to as CISA. https://www.cisa.gov/news/2020/03/19/cisa-releases-guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workers-during-covid-19.

    Under CISA many construction activities have been deemed to be essential This means that, for that States that are following CISA, in general, construction and construction supply companies may continue operations.

    However, not all Executive Orders are created equal. Governors and mayors have created a patchwork of mandates to attempt to flatten the corona virus curve, and not all sectors of the construction industry have a green light to stay open and running. It is vital to carefully review Orders and associated guidance to determine how it applies to the construction industry as a whole, and specific subsections of the construction industry. Moreover, these Orders are subject to change as we saw this morning in New York state. As such, please make sure you are looking at the latest guidance that has been issued or feel free to give us a call or email to discuss your questions.

    Below is a list of how California, Nevada, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Texas, Massachusetts and New Jersey are treating construction in the context of non-essential business physical closure Orders and how some specific jurisdictions such as Philadelphia, Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego have responded all of which directly affects construction industry operations.

    *This List has been updated as of March 27, 2020, (3:15 pm EST)

    Jurisdictions Direct Impact on Construction Companies and Projects

    California: California ordered that all workers must stay home, except workers deemed Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.

    Generally, construction workers are essential to critical infrastructure. See Guidance. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate and construction workers may go to work.

    Specifically designated as essential are:

    Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, construction material suppliers, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues;

    Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables;

    Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction);

    Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, construction material sources, and essential operation of construction sites and construction projects (including those that support such projects to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications; and support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste).

    Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego:

    These cities in California have each taken separate positions some view construction as essential (e.g., San Francisco) and as such permit construction to remain operational which is at odds with the State position on construction (other than as noted above) being deemed to be NON-essential. Care should be taken in these cities to evaluate the State Executive Order in the context of City Orders, noting that in most cases the more restrictive interpretation is likely to rule the day.

    Delaware: Delaware ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses.

    Construction, however has been deemed to be an essential category. See List. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate and construction workers may go to work.

    Specifically designated in the Order as essential are:

    Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues;

    Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables.

    Workers who are engaged in the construction of residential, nonresidential structures, or infrastructure, and any workers who provide critical maintenance to residential or non-residential structures;

    Businesses that supply materials and hardware to those engaged in the construction of residential or non-residential structures; Workers involved in activities related to the design and apportionment of residential and non-residential structures.

    Washington DC: Washington D.C. ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses except for Minimum Basic Operations.

    Construction and Building Trades are, however, classified as Essential Businesses per the Order. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    The Order specifically includes the following as essential under that category: plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, electricians, boilermakers, exterminators, roofers, carpenters, bricklayers, welders, elevator mechanics, businesses that sell supplies and materials for maintenance of commercial and residential buildings and homes, including big box supply stores, plumbing distributors, electrical distributors, HVAC distributors, and other businesses that provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and operations of residences and Essential Businesses.

    Florida: Florida has closed only bars and nightclubs at the moment (note, however, given the growth of cases in the last 48 hours, this may change). See March 23 Order. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    Miami:

    Miami has ordered that all nonessential retail and commercial establishments close.

    The following, among other industries, have been deemed essential:

    Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building;

    Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services;

    Contractors and other tradesmen who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures.

    Generally, construction appears to be an essential business, but not all types of construction. Though open construction sites may remain open, the Order does not specifically include construction that has not yet commenced, except for specific purposes. Therefore, construction businesses should evaluate projects on a case-by-case basis.

    Georgia: Georgia has closed only bars and nightclubs. See March 23 Order. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    Atlanta:

    Atlanta has ordered that all nonessential businesses close and that residents of Atlanta stay at home unless engaging in essential activities.

    One exception is for residents to leave to work for essential businesses.

    Construction is essential infrastructure per the Order. Specifically, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of Essential Infrastructure, including, but not limited to public works, construction, airport operations, utility, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, railroads, public transportation provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined herein, to the extent possible.

    Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate in Atlanta.

    Illinois: Illinois ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses. Illinois has also ordered that all residents stay home unless leaving to perform an essential function.

    The Order categorizes construction as essential infrastructure. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate and construction workers may go to work.

    It specifically includes, but is not limited to: construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, and housing construction.

    Chicago:

    Chicago joined in the announcement of the statewide order, which is more expansive and preempts its local orders.

    Maryland: Maryland ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). See CISA Guidance.

    As CISA guidance has been used in other states to justify construction related activities as essential it is likely that construction related activities will be permitted to continue in Maryland.

    The Governor has ordered that all nonessential businesses close. The order defines nonessential as anything not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agencys (CISA) guidance. See attached; https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 Construction is not a specific category under CISA, but is mentioned in relation to the other categories.

    The Maryland Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) published interpretive guidance. The interpretive guidance includes commercial and residential construction companies in the list of businesses that are not required to close under the category of Commercial Facilities.

    Note: Maryland has 2x updated its list of businesses that are essential during the week which list now includes title companies, engineers, architects, and nurseries. Please make sure to check these updates for your specific business.

    Massachusetts:

    Massachusetts ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses.

    Generally, construction is essential to critical infrastructure. See Guidance. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    Specifically designated as essential are:

    Construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction);

    Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including roads and bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues;

    Workers including contracted vendors involved in the construction of critical or strategic infrastructure including public works construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, nuclear, oil refining and other critical energy services, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, and internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services);

    Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities;

    Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables.

    Boston:

    Boston suspended all regular activity at construction sites.

    Boston provided the following guidance:

    Employers should maintain the necessary crews to keep their sites safe and secure, keep any materials from blowing away, and prevent trespassing.

    After sites have been secured, skeleton crews will be permitted for the remainder of this suspension to ensure safety.

    The only work that will be permitted moving forward will be emergency work, which will need to be approved by the City of Bostons Inspectional Services Department.

    That essential work includes:

    emergency utility, road or building work, such as gas leaks, water leaks and sinkholes new utility connections to occupied buildings mandated building or utility work work at public health facilities, healthcare facilities, shelters, including temporary shelters and other facilities that support vulnerable populations work which ensures the reliability of the transportation network, and other work necessary to render occupied residential buildings fully habitable.

    Boston has a process to review requests for exceptions to the temporary construction moratorium. These may be granted by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for building-related work or the Commissioner of Public Works for street-related work. These will be granted if they support increased public health and safety. Notwithstanding this helpful process, the Commonwealths Executive Order specifically overrides any municipal order to the contrary, and, as such the Governors Executive Order provides the critical guidance on this issue (see above construction is generally essential).

    Nevada: Nevada ordered the closure of nonessential businesses that either promote recreational gatherings or promote extended periods of public interaction where risk of transmission is high.

    The Order specifically permits the construction labor force to continue operating, though it must adopt social distancing measures. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    Las Vegas:

    Las Vegas listed construction as an essential business, per the Governors Order.

    New Jersey: New Jersey ordered the closure of all brick-and-mortar premises of non-essential retail businesses, as well as recreational and entertainment businesses and restaurants and bars.

    New Jerseys order does not apply to the construction industry. The state further clarified that heavy construction and other commercial operations may continue to operate, but should limit onsite staff to essential operations. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    New York : New York ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses.

    In general, construction is an essential industry. See Guidance. The guidance INITIALLY and specifically includes:

    Skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers; Other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes.

    That initial guidance was modified today, March 27th : https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026. Under the revised guidance:

    9. Construction

    All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).

    Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

    For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

    Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate but only if they fall into the above specific exempt categories.

    New York City:

    The city has adopted the Governors Order.

    Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania has ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses.

    Construction, as a general category, is not life-sustaining per Pennsylvanias published list of industry types. See Guidance.

    The state is permitting construction BUT only for emergency repairs and to construction of health care facilities. Therefore, construction companies may not operate unless they fall under an exception or obtain a waiver from the state.

    Philadelphia:

    Philadelphia ordered that certain businesses close and initially permitted construction through March 27th. Furthermore, Philadelphia is currently under a state-ordered stay-at-home order, but there is an exception for workers traveling to and working for life-sustaining businesses.

    Texas: Texas has closed only bars, dining, and gyms. See March 19 Order. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

    Various localities in Texas have enacted expansive business restrictions. As with all states, it is important to analyze local law to determine if there are restrictions for business operations.

    Virginia: Virginia has only ordered the closure of specific types of recreational and entertainment businesses. See March 23 Order. Therefore, construction companies may continue to operate.

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    Construction Activity in the Covid-19 Era: Essential Activity or Non-Essential Activity? - Lexology

    The Worlds 33 Megacities – 24/7 Wall St. - March 29, 2020 by admin

    Special Report

    Grant Suneson, John Harrington

    As of 2009, more than half of the worlds population lived in urban areas. By 2050, the U.N. projects that two out of every three people live in an urban area. This ongoing shift to big cities could fundamentally change the way we think about many critical issues, like disease control. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted one of the potential drawbacks of living in a highly dense megacity, defined as having populations greater than 10 million.

    People in close proximity are more likely to catch and spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. Health experts believe New York City has been especially hard-hit by the virus because of its U.S.-leading population density of 28,000 residents per square mile, in addition to the high number of international tourists and its reliance on public transportation. The tourism industry like others has grinded to a halt as a result, however. These are the US industries being devastated by the coronavirus.

    The susceptibility of these cities to this and other viruses also depends in large part on the response by national and local governments. In early February, China restricted entry to megacities Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. India, home to a number of megacities on this list, instituted a nationwide lockdown in late march. The response to the coronavirus in America has been more fragmented, directed by state and local leaders. Many have shut down non-essential businesses like bars and restaurants. These are the places that have mandated bar and restaurant closings.

    To identify the worlds 33 megacities, 24/7 Wall St. used The Worlds Cities in 2018, the latest edition of the U.N.s biennial population data booklet. All data on population, population projections, and the percentage of a nations population residing in urban areas are from this source.

    It is important to note that there are no standard global criteria for determining the boundaries of a city for the purpose of population studies. Some estimates look only at the population inside a citys administrative boundaries, known as the city proper population. Other population measures include surrounding suburban communities that have economic ties to a nearby urban core but can stretch for hundreds of square miles through small farming communities and national parks.

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    2020 Building Preview: TAT Unveils 5 Big Things We’ll See This Year | The Architectural Team – Archinect - March 3, 2020 by admin

    The nationally active design firm TheArchitectural Team (TAT) has announced five valuable projects and trends that will impactAmerican cities this year. From the first U.S. property for global hospitality group Raffles, tolarge-scale public housing transformations and 1 million-square-foot Rust Belt landmark, thesenew and in-process works reveal the power of innovative design solutions to makecommunities more livable, more exciting, and more resilient.

    As we enter the new decade, our designers and clients alike see a growing emphasis onprojects intended to keep neighborhoods affordable, and an interest in both time-tested andnew design solutions to address housing shortages, says TAT principal Robert Verrier, FAIA,NCARB. We also anticipate important milestones for major projects transformingurban cores, a renewed resurgence in smaller cities, and forward-thinking approachesto resilient waterfront developments.

    Building on these ideas, here are five stories that will play out through 2020 and beyond,according to TATs experts:

    1) The affordability puzzle: Keeping neighborhoods accessible

    In growing cities nationwide, the displacement of longtime residents has emerged as a majorconcern. "To keep neighborhoods affordable and accessible, says TAT principal MichaelBinette, AIA, NCARB, were working with developers, non-profits, and public officials toexpand or redevelop existing affordable and workforce housing developments adding moreresidential units while preserving affordability and dramatically enhancing livability."

    As an example, Jay Szymanski, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP points to TAT's redevelopment of one of the country's oldest public housing communities, SouthBoston's The Anne M. LynchHomes at Old Colony. Work is now underway to add a further 301 apartments to the 285residences built since 2011, which replaced midcentury superblocks with a series of attractivemid-rise buildings and townhomes. In nearby Roxbury, the firms redevelopment of the 1950s-era Whittier Street Apartments created a new amenity rich, mixed-income, transit-oriented multifamily campus with 210 affordable units out of 386 total and an emphasis onoutdoor community space.

    Other soon-to-open projects will serve specific populations that often struggle to find housingand support. TATs 102-unit Residences at Brighton Marine, for instance, is leasing witha dedicated focus on veterans and their families, and offers 86 affordable homes including anumber of apartments set aside for formerly homeless veterans.

    2) Adaptive reuse, prefab construction help address housing shortages

    Faced with a persistent shortage in housing supply across the U.S., architects and developersare responding with solutions that demonstrate the continued value of adaptive reuse, and thebenefits of new approaches including prefabricated and modular construction.

    Across the northeast, TAT is reactivating formerly vacant or underutilized structures as newhousing. In Attleboro, Massachusetts, the firm has converted a historic jewelry factory into 93units of senior housing called Sterling Lofts, offering important rental options for the statesrapidly growing over-60 population.

    At Bostons R o p e w a l k , a previously vacant landmark rope factory will soon offer 97 rentalapartments the sixth historic residential conversion by TAT within the Charlestown NavyYard redevelopment. InBoston's South End,100 Shawmut maximizes the potential of its siteby adding a seven-story contemporary addition to a historic warehouse, for a total of 138 newcondominium units. Integrating adaptive reuse and new construction is a great way to addresshousing shortages while respecting a neighborhoods character, says TAT project managerTom Schultz, AIA, NCARB. Were able to create value for the community by preservinghistoric fabric and looking to the future at the same time."

    Other cities are exploring highly efficient approaches to infill development, includingprefabricated construction. In Quincy, Massachusetts, TAT is transforming a parking lot into a15-story, 124-unit tower called Chestnut Place where locally fabricated modules havedramatically increased speed to market for these much-needed homes.

    3) New residential and mixed-use opportunities transform urban cores

    "With new air rights developments, hotel towers, and uniquely positioned residentialproperties, many urban cores are set for major transformations in 2020 as closely watched andlong-awaited projects reach major milestones, says Michael Liu, AIA, NCARB, a principal at TAT.

    For example, one of Bostons biggest real estate stories in a generation, Fenway Center, willsoon cross a watershed moment with its first phase approaching completion and its secondphase on track to kick off this year. TATs design for this 1.3 million-square-foot air rightscomplex adds housing, commercial office space, and retail uses while decking over a majorhighway and reconnecting three neighborhoods with new green space, public art, andpedestrian and transit connections. The first phase, Bower, offers 312 apartments, 37,000square feet of retail, and 12,000 square feet of public open space.

    A hotel boom continues, too, with one of the northeast's most eagerly anticipated mixed-usetowers - the Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, designed by TAT for theprestigious international hospitality group and developer Trinity Stuart LLC. After a fall 2018groundbreaking, the 33-story high-rise is now under construction, transforming a prime cornersite into a regional destination as the first mixed-use Raffles property in the United States.

    Design teams are also unlocking new opportunities in dense, built-up areas where large sitesare hard to find. In Bostons historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, TAT's A r c h e r R e s i d e n c e s reimagines two six-story former university buildings as a single, 172,000-square-foot residential property topped off with a pair of contemporary penthouse additions and asweeping landscaped roof terrace.

    4) On the rise: Smaller cities poised for resurgence

    Identified by commercial real estate services group Commercial Cafe as one of thecountrys fastest-growing Rust Belt cities, Rochester, NY is on a path towards a new era ofsuccess. One of the linchpins of this recovery is Sibley Square, the TAT-designedconversion of a 1-million-square-foot former downtown department store into housing, acommunity marketplace, and high-tech workplace environments. A major indoor market is setto open within the phased, WinnDevelopment-led project this year.

    Smaller gateway cities like Worcester, MA, are on the upswing too, thanks to projectslike Courthouse Lofts, TAT's conversion of the historic Worcester County Courthouse into117 units of housing. Nearing completion, the Trinity Financial-led property also holds a first-in-the-nation museum celebrating local icon and pioneering African-American cyclist MajorTaylor.

    5) New waterfront developments boost resiliency, enhance public access

    Increasingly vulnerable, flood-prone urban waterfronts remain desirable sites for newresidential and mixed-use development. Forward-thinking design teams are taking a holisticapproach to these projects, employing hard and soft approaches to shoreline design, strategiclandscaping, and elevated public use areas. The result? Properties that can absorb stormsurges while enhancing the public realm and long-term viability.

    TATs recently opened Clippership Wharf, a 12-acre, 478-unit mixed-use complexdeveloped by Lendlease in East Boston, has garnered national attention for this approach,which also offers residents and community members access to a harborwalk, beachfront areaand floating dock with a kayak launch.

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    Global Architectural Fountains and Waterfalls Services Market 2020 Provides An In-Depth Insight Of Sales, Revenue, Growth And Trends Forecast To… - March 3, 2020 by admin

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    9 Top Companies To Work For In Ohio – Comparably Workplace Insider - March 3, 2020 by admin

    Ah, good ol Ohio, the birthplace of the Wright Brothers and American Football. Current home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ceder Point, and some truly great companies. Weve scouredthrough the data and crunched the numbers and have compiled a list of 9 top companies to work for in Ohio.

    These 9 Buckeye State based companies may cover a range of different industries, sizes and Ohio cities, but they all share one thing in common: great culture!

    Location: Dayton, OH

    Centric Consulting is a management consulting firm that guides you in the search for answers to complex digital, business and technology problems by asking tough questions, leading crucial conversations and blending our experts with yours.

    I feel empowered to try new things and never am made to feel ashamed for having a work-life balance

    Centric Consulting employees rated their overall culture an A+.

    Location:Bay Village, OH

    For more than 80 years, Progressive has offered a wide range of insurance choices to customers, including Auto, Home, Renters, Commercial Auto, Small Business, Motorcycle, and Boat policies. Progressive is the third largest auto insurer in the countrya combined effort of every single Progressive person.

    The culture is all about the people! Its contagious, so it is hard NOT to be supportive to others and accepting of others when you are surrounded by that support all of the time.

    Progressiveemployees rated their overall culture an A.

    Location: Wooster, OH

    Seaman Corporation offers a collection of innovative high performance fabrics that set the standard for quality and durability. Seaman Corporation fabrics have been performing around the globe since 1949. Working with authorized fabricators, designers, consultants, engineers and installers, Seaman Corporation fabrics are used in high performance roof systems, geomembrane liners, truck tarps, architectural structures,and recreational products

    Trust, Respect and Compassion for each other, always willing to help wherever needed; great team players!

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    Location:Franklin, OH

    Designing Digitally, Inc. specializes in creating educational, engaging, and entertaining learning experiences that incorporate innovation, creativity, and gamification to enhance learner retention.

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    Location:Cleveland, OH

    Realeflow offer an all in one Real Estate Investing Platform withtools to automate lead generation and marketing, as well as intuitive automation tools to maximize every investing opportunity, and close more deals.

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    Location:Cincinnati, OH

    Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America.

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    Cintasemployees rated their overall culture an A-.

    Location:Miamisburg, OH

    Since 1992, The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm has grown leaps in bounds. owning and operating luxury apartments.

    Everybody is all in, no matter what or who.

    The Connor Group employees rated their overall culture an A+.

    Location:Columbus, OH

    White Castle, Americas first fast-food hamburger chain based in Columbus, Ohio, has been making Bold Moves as a family-owned business for more than 98 years.

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    Location:Columbus, OH

    Nationwide Childrens Hospital is a leading pediatric hospital that provides neonatology, oncology and neuroscience services.

    We all have a shared purpose, and a whole lot of energy!

    Northside Childrens Hosptial employees rated their overall culture an A-.

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