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Person County, NC

Updated: 2022

Person County introduces a rapid short-term loan for local small businesses to combat economic downturn from COVID-19 and ensure the longevity of the community.

Median Household Income2020$57,323
Poverty Rate 202016.3%
Proximity to Urban Center 28 miles to Durham
Proximity to Interstate Highway 16 miles to I-85
Case Study Time Frame 2020
Municipal Budget proposed 2022-202370.6 million
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey
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Following the initial economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Person County Economic Development Commission developed a program to provide funds for small businesses in the rural community. With small businesses occupying a large portion of the county’s economy, the Economic Development Commission’s Pivot COVID loan program is an effort to provide rapid short-term financial assistance to local businesses. While there is state and federal support for these businesses as well, the goal of the Pivot COVID program is to be more responsive to the needs of the businesses.