Bigger talks PPE loans, pandemic effect on the local economy
POCAHONTAS - Graycen Bigger, executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority, spoke at the July 29 Pocahontas Rotary luncheon about PPE loans and the effect COVID-19 has had on the local economy as well as what to expect in the future.
Bigger, who also serves as assistant vice president for Community Development and Marketing at Farmers and Merchants Bank, said Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been a lifeline for a number of small businesses across the country and the state. She noted it's had a local impact as well.
Bigger said so far $521 billion has been spent, which supported 84 percent of the nation's payroll and helped save 51 million jobs across the country. Arkansas' share of that was $3.3 billion which supported 78 percent of the payroll across the state over the last few months.
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