Workforce Resources in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 is negatively impacting workers and businesses throughout our county and its effects will be felt for quite some time. Lane Workforce Partnership is closely monitoring resources that are available to us due to our status as the Workforce Development Board and will pursue those opportunities as they are made available. 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please monitor the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 website. Local updates from Lane County can be found here. Updates from the Oregon Health Authority are located here.


Layoff Aversion Funds

Since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, Lane Workforce Partnership has distributed $244k to 67 Lane County businesses with a total workforce of 411 employees!

UPDATE: As of April 16, 2020, the Layoff Aversion Fund has been exhausted. Please check back to see if additional funding has become available.

Due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the State of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission Office of Workforce Investments (OWI) has released federal additional assistance funding thru the Local Workforce Board System throughout the state. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act fund for layoff aversion activities are designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs.

To this end, Lane Workforce Partnership will distribute Layoff Aversion Funds in Lane County with the following parameters:

  • Requests must be a result of the business impact from COVID-19;
  • Small businesses/organizations with fewer than 20 employees;
  • Limited to reimbursements for supplies and/or equipment up to $5,000.

Oregon Employment Department COVID-19 Related Links


Regional  COVID-19 Links


State of Oregon Links


Additional Resources