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Hello Thursday. It's Katie Peralta. 

Last week, Congress passed an historic $2 trillion economic relief package as a way to keep the U.S. economy running amid the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The measure is intended to provide a lifeline for both individuals and small businesses. 
 
In North Carolina, nearly 300,000 people have filed for unemployment because of COVID-19. In Charlotte, everything from restaurants to breweries to malls to nail salons have closed their doors. 
 
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third round of federal support aimed at providing economic relief in response to COVID-19. 
 
Individuals can get checks up to $1,200 as part of the program; small businesses can take out forgivable loans to cover costs like utilities and rent. 

Full Agenda story: How much money will you get from the federal government's $2 trillion stimulus?
VITALS
Weather: 67. Sunny. 10% chance of rain. 
Stat: 290,703. That's how many people filed for unemployment in North Carolina from March 16-30 specifically because of COVID-19. 
Do: Participate in a virtual happy hour tonight with Unpretentious Palate. Colleen Hughes, mixologist at Haberdish, will do a gin cocktail demonstration. Details
Charlotteans: Fitness instructors Caitlin and James Gulley, for sharing at-home workouts on their Instagram accounts to stay connected with their community. 

Happy birthday to Charlotte Agenda members Heather Davis, Emily Skidmore, and Emily Fisher. 

ORIGINALS
Current status of coronavirus in Charlotte: Cases climb to 465, including two deaths [Way + Peralta]
As of Wednesday, North Carolina has reported 10 coronavirus-related deaths.

Who’s hiring? 50 new open jobs at places like Aldi, CVS, Harris Teeter, and Bank OZK [Crane]
Check out other open jobs with Duke Energy, Novant, Atrium, and Stratifyd.

Staff picks: what we’re watching, reading, and listening to while we’re staying at home [McAtee + Bojangles']
The Agenda staff has been working from home for a few weeks now. Here are the things that have brought us comfort and distraction.

TALKING POINTS
The Hearst Tower will be renamed Truist Center following Truist's $454 million purchase of the Uptown building [Fahey/CBJ].  Charlotte-based Truist closed on the deal Tuesday. The bank says because of the COVID-19 pandemic, decisions about branding, signage, and occupancy will be shared at a later date.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has launched a virtual learning program for students in elementary through high school [web]. The program, called SPARK! Learning, features weekly racing-themed lesson plans and project-based learning projects. 

The Arts and Science Council has launched a Resiliency Fund for local creatives who have been financially affected by COVID-19 [web]. The fund provides $500 grants for artists and performers, many of whom have lost revenue because of event cancellations. 

North Carolina has a total of 2,818 ventilators and 691 are in use [Agenda]. The state Department of Health and Human Services released new data about hospital supplies and COVID-19 demographics this week. We've updated our coronavirus healthcare guide to reflect that.

#PARTNERNEWS
Bank of America: As the federal government continues to finalize the details and protocols of implementing the recently passed Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, Bank of America announced that it will provide up to $250 million in capital to community development financial institutions by funding loans through the newly established Paycheck Protection Program. See more details about these financial commitments.

California Closets: Tackling some projects at home this week? You can add closet upgrade to the list. California Closets offers convenient over-the-phone and virtual design consultations. Plus, customers can save up to $1000 on lighting and accessories to transform their space through the end of April.

Charlotte Center City Partners: If you're a local business who's looking for ways to weather the COVID-19 storm, check out Charlotte Center City Partners' list of business resources. You'll find loan and grant information, along with tips and guidelines for safe operations.

THE CLASSIFIEDS
JOBS 
Product Marketing Manager at Discovery Education.
Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual.
Underwriter at Better Mortgage.

Still hungry? See more jobs and eventsPost here.
TODAY'S PHOTO 
An empty playground at Freedom Park, as seen on Wednesday. Under the local stay at home order, playgrounds are prohibited. Sports courts are closed, too. On Tuesday, county officials tied up basketball nets and locked tennis courts as a way to further ensure people aren't gathering at public parks. 
STARTUP CONTEST
Tabbris, the new coworking space that recently opened in South End, is partnering with Pitch Breakfast to host a virtual Shark Tank-style competition for small local startups that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Called the Pitch Your Pivot challenge, the contest is a way for founders "to share how they are adapting to the current crisis," organizers say. Plus, the winning team gets $5,000.

Pitches, which are due Saturday at 6 p.m., should include a 2-minute video detailing how your business has adapted, and how you'd use the winning funds. Finalists will be announced Monday at 6 p.m. and the live-streamed event happens Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. It's free and you can register here

Tabbris founder Jeff Brokaw says organizers are working to secure sponsors to eventually expand the competition. 

"The audience will get to vote who the winner is," Brokaw says of the live event Wednesday. "So we would love huge audience participation."

- Katie Peralta
 
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