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NORRISTOWN — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on life in Montgomery County, local leaders approved roughly $1.4 million in contracts related to ongoing mitigation measures during a board of commissioners meeting.

Of the items included in the Jan. 21 package, $1 million was authorized for the MontcoStrong 2021 Restaurant Program. The program is administered through the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority and county’s commerce department.

The additional cash infusion will “provide funding to support restaurants and other food service businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic,” the contract states.

To provide continued support to the county’s business community, the local legislators updated an existing agreement with the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board by transferring $400,000 for the established Make It Main Street program.

The funding, which was covered by the county’s proceeds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, would provide for marketing and advertising expenses, according to the contract.

The program aiming to revive Montgomery County’s small business community was launched in November 2020.

“The initiative to restart business and reinvigorate communities in Montgomery County will focus on recovery of small businesses and local communities. Support of “main street” businesses will in turn provide support for Montgomery County communities,” the contract states.

The program’s second phase’s funding expectations were as follows:

  • $75,000 for video production
  • $90,000 for other marketing costs
  • $235,000 for the development of television and digital media advertising

Additionally, a $24,985 agreement between the county’s Health and Human Services Department and RSVP of Montgomery County, of King of Prussia, “provides for 432 unduplicated volunteers residing in Montgomery County who served 11,665 hours to help fellow Montgomery County children, families, seniors and veterans.”

The Montgomery County Commissioners also amended a previously approved contract with Zoom Video Communications Inc. of San Jose, Calif.

The initial agreement stipulated “300 Zoom enterprise licenses for use across county offices for a one-year term,” but needed $7,650 more “for an additional 50 licenses” for the Montgomery County Office of Domestic Relations, located in downtown Norristown. The total figure now stands at $53,550.

The next Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 4.

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