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Member-to-Member Resources for Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are widespread with ever-changing rules and new information. The BIA is fortunate to have a wealth of expertise among its members who can provide guidance to other members and friends in the industry.  

Board Member Ron Patterson and his colleagues at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg created a COVID-19 Task Force, which remains vigilant on staying on top of all the things a business needs to know during these unprecedented times. Be sure to check out the latest guidance at

BIA Board Member Cornelius Brown with Bohler generously offered to share ;his department's spreadsheet, which summarizes the status of City agency development services. Cornelius also provided notes from the meeting. Click here to download the spreadsheet as of May 15, 2020, keeping in mind that circumstances are changing all the time. Click here for the notes. Members may also be interested in reading Bohler's blog post. New information will be shared as it becomes available.

Board Member Daniel Sobol of Stevens & Lee provided the slides from a webinar he and his colleagues gave titled "COVID-19: A Practical Guide for Employers NOW and Into the Future.

Member Alex Buzbee of Conner Strong & Buckelew sent this link to the company's COVID-19 Library, a resource center for the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the insurance industry. The website is updated daily, and topics include state regulatory responses, employee benefits considerations, Worker’s Compensation, cyber threats, and business income losses.

UPDATED MAY 10: On May 6, members Lane Kelman and Matthew Skaroff of Cohen Seglias presented the BIA session "Construction Delays in the Time of Coronavirus: A Legal Perspective"(click the link to view a recording of the presentation). Other resources available from Cohen Seglias include the newly released "COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors 3.0." For all resources, visit the Cohen Seglias COVID-19 Resources page.

UPDATED MAY 20: The Zoning and Land Use Team at BIA Member Ballard Spahr is continuing to monitor all aspects of the City of Philadelphia land use approval process during the COVID-19 emergency, including the issuance of zoning and building permits, permissibility of construction work, and changes to relevant court filing deadlines. Click here for the Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update.

The real estate industry stands to be significantly affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide property developers, owners and managers, member Friedman LLP has compiled information on relief programs you may be able to take advantage of, CARES Act tax provisions that can be leveraged to maximize cash flow and resources to respond to a rapidly changing industry landscape. See Friedman's COVID-19 Real Estate Resources.

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