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From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911

07-27-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County nonfarm businesses eligible for federal disaster loans due to drought

Update (9/29/15): On Sept. 23, the USDA listed additional primary designated areas affected by drought, and Clackamas County (again) as a neighboring contiguous county. This extends the deadline for loan assistance application to May 23 of next year. More information can be found on a more recent press release.

Update (8/25/15): On Aug. 19, the USDA designated that Multnomah County now qualifies as a primary designated area affected by drought, and Clackamas County (again) as a neighboring contiguous county. All information below remains unchanged regarding this new designation, with the exception that the new application deadline is set for Apr. 19 of next year. More information can be found on the SBA press release.

Nonfarm businesses in four Oregon counties are now eligible for assistance – including federal disaster loans – due to drought.

Clackamas County was among three Oregon counties designated as contiguous disaster areas by the Secretary of Agriculture.

The primary designated area is Hood River County. The contiguous counties are Clackamas, Multnomah and Wasco counties in Oregon, and Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington.

This designation means that small, nonfarm businesses in Clackamas County that suffered economic losses caused by the drought are now eligible for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans became available with an agricultural disaster declaration by Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack last week.

Clackamas County businesses have eight months to apply for these emergency loans.

More information from the SBA can be found at this webpage under the second press release dated Thursday, July 23.

For more information, members of the media may contact Clackamas County Emergency Management Director Nancy Bush at 503-655-8665 or nbush@clackamas.us.

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