March 20th, 2020  
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TAG’s mission is to Connect, Promote, Educate and Influence Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy.

Now more than ever we are relying on technology to keep connected with family and friends, operate our businesses and stay informed with rapidly changing current events. 

Technologists are in high demand and it is important we stay connected to provide and share insights and best practices.  It’s also important that we look at how you, our TAG members, can help us get through these challenging times and prepare for the recovery that is coming. 

I am extremely proud of how our members are engaging the community.  We have companies involved in digital health using technology to better deliver healthcare, we have data scientists evaluating the facts so we can quickly flatten the curve to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and we have supply chain solutions helping make sure critical medical supplies, as well as food and household supplies, are available to us all – and, yes, that includes toilet paper. 

We have members making sure we can work from home effectively and people providing advice on best practices for crisis communication.  And we have companies and resources that allow families to engage in STEM related activities that are both educational, and even fun!

We are working with our state officials to make sure critical infrastructure remains operational, including data centers, distribution grids and customer support centers. 

Our TAG societies are very active as well.  They are meeting regularly on conference calls and video conferences as they move some events to a virtual format, reschedule for a safer time, and come up with some creative ways to keep us all connected. 

As we all adjust to a new normal, TAG will continue to serve you with resources, information and connection opportunities that we hope can help you maintain business continuity and, of course, a safe social distance during this time.

TAG is launching a new series of virtual events and engagements, and you can keep up to date on the latest schedule at www.tagonline.org.

We will also share with you updates on how businesses are navigating the COVID-19 outbreak and information on the state and federal response.  Following is some information and resource sharing. We will continue to keep our website updated as the situation evolves. 

Please take a moment to send ideas, solutions and suggestions that you find helpful to Heather Maxfield at Heather@tagonline.org.

As a community, we are all in this together. We will be checking in each week with information and ways for you to stay engaged.

The TAG Team is working tirelessly and around the clock to continue to provide the highest quality value to TAG’s members.  On behalf of the TAG Team, our Board of Directors and our TAG Society Leadership Council, we hope you and your families stay well and we look forward to hearing from you. 
 
With warmest regards,

Larry K. Williams
President

 
 
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TAG Resources
Staying connected: TAG is now hosting virtual events, offering livecast interviews and panel discussions, webinars and ways to engage. Check back for updates.

March 31:
TAG Webinar – The Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

March 11-April 21:
TAG Virtual Devathon

 
 
 
Business Continuity Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Georgia’s application for disaster relief loans. You can find out more information and apply for a loan here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is continuing to work with employers across Georgia to also get Georgians employed. More than 101,000 jobs are listed online at www.EmployGeorgia.com for Georgians to access. GDOL offers online resources for finding a job, building a resume, and many other reemployment needs.

UGA Small Business Development Centers across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available, please contact your local office for more information.  Find your nearest location here:  https://www.georgiasbdc.org/locations/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COVID-19 Resources
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offers guidance to individuals and businesses on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Hotline: (844) 442-2681

 
 
 
Community Resources
Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet.  Comcast is implementing the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:  Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone, Pausing Data Plans, No Disconnects or Late Fees, Internet Essentials Free to New Customers, News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and 24x7 Network Monitoring.  For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:  http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/

Sharecare is focused on delivering relevant and timely information to inform and empower people on their health journey. As such, Sharecare has organized all of their COVID-19 content and resources in one central hub, which you are welcome to use:  www.sharecare.comcovid19

McKinsey & Company has released a COVID-19 Briefing Note on the Global Health & Crisis Response. The briefing includes valuable information including a look at the current situation, possible future scenarios, actions for companies to consider, and leading indicator dashboards. View the COVID-19 Briefing Note HERE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Family Resources
Looking for engaging STEM exercises and online learning opportunities? Be sure to check out the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) Georgia Pathways magazine for great tips and ideas:
https://www.tagedonline.org/georgia-pathways/

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com

 
 
 
Ways You Can Help
Kabbage Inc., launched www.helpsmallbusiness.com to support small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. The initiative is a call-to-action across the U.S., enabling anyone to purchase an online gift certificate from participating small businesses to provide them with crucial financial support. Certificates can be redeemed in full after they’re issued or in the future when the crisis has subsided.

Donors Urgently Needed to Give Blood.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Please give now.  Click HERE to find your nearest location.  
 
Help make sure all families have the food they need. The Atlanta Community Food Bank is working to safely deliver food to those who are struggling to find their next meal. www.acfb.org

Foodfinder.us is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app based in Georgia that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.
 
 
 
 
 
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