Resources for Those Impacted by the Historic Downtown Explosion

To those impacted by the historic downtown recovery and restoration efforts, we wanted to be sure you were aware of the two upcoming announcements:

Downtown 2nd Ave Community Visioning Session – March 8, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

The Planning Department is working with the Mayor's Office, Ron Gobbell (project manager overseeing recovery efforts), the Civic Design Center, and the Downtown Partnership to ensure that the rebuilding process incorporates the goals and feedback of everyone who cares about the future of our downtown. This digital engagement workshop is open to the public and will focus on key themes/ideas from the February listening sessions, small group discussion to develop a vision for four geographic areas, and a report back from each group. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register in advance for this workshop.

SBA physical disaster loan deadline in Tennessee is March 29 for businesses and residents affected by the Dec. 25 explosion

The U.S. Small Business Administration is encouraging Tennessee businesses and residents affected by the explosion in downtown Nashville on Dec. 25, 2020, to submit their loan applications for physical damages even if they have not settled with their insurance company. SBA disaster loans can cover the difference between an insurance settlement and what is needed to fully recover. If a survivor has not settled their insurance claim, SBA will consider making a loan for the total loss up to its loan limits. The insurance settlement will be used to reduce or repay the loan. The application deadline is March 29 for physical disaster loans. The disaster declaration covers Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties in Tennessee. Waiting to file an SBA application could cause unnecessary delays in receiving disaster assistance. Call the SBA’s Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 for assistance or email to request information. Apply online at

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Chamber staff at 615-743-3000 or

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