Economy, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Huntingdon County after a devastating fire earlier this month destroyed dozens of apartments and one business.“To lose one’s home to a fire, particularly during a pandemic, is almost incomprehensible,” said Governor Wolf. “These low-interest loans will help those affected replace what they’ve lost and get back on their feet.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the fire in Huntingdon County, as well as neighboring counties Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata and Mifflin may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.In accordance with health precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SBA will not establish a physical Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in the community to assist survivors. However, SBA will continue to provide first class customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, skype calls, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance.To this end, SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ and there are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application.Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)Open: Monday – FridayHours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Closed: Saturdays and SundaysEmail: FOCE-Help@sba.govPhone for Individuals & Businesses: (571) 422-1925 or (571) 422-6016It is important to note that this information applies only to the fire in Huntingdon County. It is not applicable for any COVID-19-related SBA assistance.Those who want to apply for an SBA loan should contact the Customer Service Representatives at (571) 422-1925 or (571) 422-6016 to schedule an appointment for immediate one-on-one assistance in completing their applications. Requests for SBA disaster loan program information may be obtained by emailing FOCE-Help@sba.gov. The SBA will conduct extensive outreach to ensure that all impacted by the disaster are afforded the opportunity to seek assistance.Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 21, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Feb. 22, 2021.Ver esta página en español. May 26, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Those Affected by Huntingdon County Fire
FILE PHOTO: A European Union (L) and Turkish flag fly outside a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo A total of 27 million foreign visitors arrived in Turkey from January to August this year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced Friday. London best pest control The data recorded a 22.9 percent year-on-year rise, up from 21.9 million, the ministry said.Russians topped the list of arriving foreigners with 4.18 million, 15.5 percent of all foreign visitors, followed by Germans (2.97 million), Brits (1.57 million), Iranians (1.51 million) and Georgians (1.44 million).Istanbul, the largest and the most popular city in Turkey, hosted 8.87 million foreign tourists between January and August, hitting the largest number of foreign arrivals.Turkish tourism industry is quite optimistic that Turkey will likely host a record of over 40 million tourists this year due to strong demand from domestic and foreign market.“September is one of the most productive months and tourists from Europe and other countries continue to come to Turkey,” said Osman Ayik, Turkey Hoteliers Federation chairman.“We are going to see over 40 million foreign visitors at the end of this year,” he said, adding “the positive climate will continue in 2019.”The official figures show that 32.4 million foreigners visited Turkey last year, while the number of arriving foreigners was 25.3 million in 2016.The Turkish government set a target of 40 million tourists and 32 billion U.S. dollar in tourism revenue for 2018.