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James City County (JCC) Economic Development has been recognized by the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) with a Community Economic Development Award (CEDA). The CEDA program recognizes the best practices and exceptional contributions of communities for efforts in business retention and expansion, business recruitment, community development and community involvement. The award was received during the 2021 VEDA spring conference.Economic Development submitted its work establishing a collaborative partnership during the pandemic for the 2021 CEDA program and won the Category IV CEDA. CEDA is broken into different population categories and Category IV is a population of 40,001-100,000. JCC partnered with the Greater Williamsburg Partnership, Williamsburg Community Foundation and the Virginia 30 Day Fund to be the first locality partnership offering $3,000 grants to businesses based in the County through the Virginia 30 Day Fund.The partnership was funded with CARES funding and authorized by the JCC Board of Supervisors at their May 13, 2020 meeting. Their resolution stated, “The Board of Supervisors of James City County desired to support businesses to the extent reasonably possible and legally permissible in order to enable such businesses to overcome and recover from these negative impacts and help save as many jobs as possible.”To be eligible, qualifying businesses were in operation for at least a year, employed three to 30 people and be owned and operated by a Virginia resident. More than 125 businesses received grants in a little over six months and each business received the funding quickly. Businesses included local restaurants, retail, small manufacturers, consumer and professional services, a lavender farm and a hotel. The program was effective and proved to be easily replicated in locations and even other emergency situations.“I am grateful that the County could collaborate with our regional partners to provide relief to County businesses,” said Supervisor Sue Sadler, a member of the James City County Board of Supervisors. “Over the last year, small businesses have faced terrible hardships and I am proud that the County could offer some help to our business owners through the Virginia 30 Day Fund.”The program allowed James City County to not only involve the community in its COVID-19 response through partnerships, but the program supported business retention particularly to small, locally-owned businesses with 30 or less employees.CEDAs are awarded based on innovation, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives and secondary benefits. JCC Economic Development previously received a CEDA in 2019 for its workforce development program, Chefs Go.For more information about the CEDA program, please visit the CEDA website. For more information about VEDA, please visit its website. For more information about Virginia 30 Day Fund grants for County businesses, please visit the Economic Development website. Funding is still available.Media Contact:Christopher Johnson, Director of Economic Development757-253-6607; firstname.lastname@example.org