2020 in Review

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2020 was an unprecedented year of challenges with the sudden emergence of the COVID-19 virus.
As the state grappled with pandemic, thousands of companies witnessed the threat of permanent closure
while unemployment numbers reached an all-time high (30%).

Armed with resilience, creativity, and hope,
our team sprung into action to obtain resources and develop programs to assist businesses and individuals.

**HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS**
(for the full report – download here)

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Covid Response Economic Development Sub Banner

Funding, grants and programs were directed to help businesses sustain operations and pivot

HTDC Website COVID Response Supply Chain
Enhanced local PPE production capabilities

* $10M in CARES act funds
* 36 companies (out of 79 applicants) awarded
* Aided manufacturers in establishing new line of products and services

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HTDC Website COVID Response E-CommerceRaised e-commerce and digital marketing adoption

NIST MEP Federal CARES Act funding:
* Developed 3-month training program to help manufacturers sell direct to customers
* 16 manufacturers received direct consulting

Hawaii Business Pivot Grant:
* 103 businesses extended 1-1 consulting support
* 307 individuals and business owners benefited from 11 webinars

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HTDC Website COVID Response Food SafetyEnabled continuation of manufacturing operations through NIST MEP network and local partnerships

* 8 Weekly COVID Response calls with manufacturers
* 4 COVID Response webinars hosted with HFMA
* 10 manufacturers received Food Safety related consulting
* Hosted virtual "Manufacturing Day"
* Shared sanitation and cleaning best practices (NIST MEP National network)
* Provided leads to U.S. manufacturing for PPE supplies and test equipment

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COVID Response Infrastructure Support

HTDC’s co-working facility, the Entrepreneurs Sandbox played a pivotal role¬†with COVID operational relief

DLIR Call CenterProvided facility space to support DLIR's temporary call center

* 25 workstations for Department of Labor and Industrial Relations staff

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Aloha Box Assembling and StorageSupported Aloha Box assembly and storage

* Joint Partnership - Innovate Hawaii, Chamber of Commerce, and HFMA
* 100 Aloha Boxes made possible for sale
* Increased revenue opportunities for struggling manufacturers

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Masks Pick-Up for ManufacturersFacilitated complimentary face mask pick-up for manufacturers

* Joint Partnership - Innovate Hawaii, Chamber of Commerce, and HFMA
* 800 masks made by local seamstresses
* 40 manufacturers given free masks for staff
Sandbox as Technology TestbedEnabled practical application and testing of COVID-related technologies developed by local companies

* Aloha AI by Oceanit - first-generation occupancy tracker
* Lumisight by Datahouse - health status reporting tool before entry into the facility
* Thermal screening by Bright Light Digital
Coworking ScholarshipsExtended desk space to deserving entrepreneurs

Through support from the Hawaii Business Pivot Grant:
* $10,000 value in co-working memberships
* 9 entrepreneurs received complimentary access to work out of the facility

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Numerous initiatives executed to facilitate job search and upskilling

HTDC Website COVID Response Online LearningFacilitated upskilling with free access to 3,800 courses and certifications

* 1,028 enrolled learners, 815 courses completed
* 13,729 estimated hours spent learning
* Ended December 31, 2020

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HTDC Website COVID Response Job FairsConnected interactive opportunities between companies and job seekers

* 2 virtual job fairs, 7 companies showcased
* Companies featured - American Savings Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton,
FBI, Hawaiian Telcom, Oceanit, Pacxa, Servco Pacific
* 200 registrants

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Women in Tech BannerHighlighted women technologists to inspire and inform individuals interested in pursuing tech-based roles

* 10 Women in Tech (WIT) interviews
* Organizations featured - AWS, Betterment, Central Pacific Bank, Datahouse, First Hawaiian Bank, HTDC, Pacific Point, Servco Pacific, TRUE Initiative
* 644 registrants

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Career Development BannerAssisted job seekers with career preparation skills

* 4 webinars on job search and preparation
* Topics around resume writing and positioning (LinkedIn)
* 210 registrants

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Focus on technology advancements and adoption to enable sustainable economic recovery

TRUE Initiative WebinarsHighlighted technology best practices for company adoption to accelerate economic recovery

* Partnership with the Hawaii Executive Collaborative
* 6 webinars
* 376 registrants

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COVID Response DCILKickstarted the state's first foray into digital currency innovation

* Partnership with Division of Financial Institutions (DFI)
* 2-year pilot program for approved digital currency companies to conduct transactions
* 12 companies selected (out of 19 applicants), 10 to continue in 2021

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Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day in HawaiiHosted virtual event to commemorate Hawaii's first Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day

* Led by our Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) team
* Oct 8 proclaimed as "Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day" in Hawaii by Governor Ige
* 150 registrants

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