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PA 15613 - SBA Deadline for Pennsylvania Small Businesses to Apply for Working Capital Loans for the July 2018 Flooding is April 25
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 22 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Pennsylvania that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives; small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by flooding on July 2, 2018.

"Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-Interest loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the April 25 deadline," ... Show Full Article

OK 15668-02 One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, California, March 22 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in four Oklahoma counties and neighboring counties in Texas of the April 22, 2019, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary county that began Aug. 7, 2018.

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MO 15667-02 'One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans'
SACRAMENTO, California, March 22 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in 33 Missouri counties and neighboring counties in Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma of the April 22, 2019, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties ... Show Full Article

IDB Changes Location of Annual Meeting
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

The Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today resolved that the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors will not be held in Chengdu, People's Republic of China, from March 28 to 31, 2019.

The Board also resolved that the Administration will present its recommendations for the location and date of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the IDB within a period of 30 days.

FHLBank Declares First Quarter Dividend
TOPEKA, Kansas, March 22 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news:

"As we strive to continue meeting our members' needs for liquidity and other financial services, FHLBank Topeka's excellent financial performance continues as well," said Mark Yardley, president and CEO. "Today, the board of directors increased your cooperative's already attractive dividend rates on both Class A and Class B stock by 25 basis points. We are pleased to offer a consistent source of value to our members through their ownership in FHLBank."

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EPA Water Assistant Administrator Issues Statement on World Water Day
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following statement by Assistant EPA Administrator for Water David Ross on World Water Day:

"Today we celebrate World Water Day. It is a day when people around the world take time to think about and appreciate the significance of water in our lives. Water is the lifeblood of our communities. It drives our economy, it protects our public health, and it is central to our way of life.

"On this day, it is important for us to take time to appreciate all those who work to keep our water supplies safe--from the dedicated professionals ... Show Full Article

Dallas Fed: Texas Adds 18,500 Jobs in February; State Employment Forecast Calls for 1.5 Percent Growth in 2019
DALLAS, Texas, March 22 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas issued the following news release:

Texas added 18,500 jobs in February, according to seasonally adjusted and benchmarked payroll employment numbers released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The state added a revised 20,400 jobs in January. Year-to-date annualized job growth stands at 1.9 percent compared to annual growth of 2.3 percent in 2018.

The Texas Employment Forecast suggests jobs will grow 1.5 percent this year (December/December), with an 80 percent confidence band of 0.2 to 2.8 percent. Based on the forecast, ... Show Full Article