FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2021
City of Kingston Announces Two Public Meetings for
Covid-19 Economic Recovery Funding
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston will host two public meetings to inform the City’s Economic Recovery Plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
The City of Kingston will receive approximately $17.3 million in ARPA funding over two years, and is currently working to create a comprehensive Economic Recovery Plan to best utilize these funds. The City has hired Laberge Group facilitate the creation of the plan. The Kingston Economic Recovery plan will be directed by federal guidelines, will incorporate community input, and will build upon existing community projects, while also supporting new initiatives that support recovery from the pandemic.
According to the Federal guidelines, the ARPA funds may be used by local governments for:
- Costs associated with responding to the Covid-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts
- To support workers performing essential work during the Covid-19 public health emergency
- To cover revenue losses caused by the Covid-19 public health emergency
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
The City of Kingston will host two virtual public meetings to provide opportunities for the community to engage in discussion and provide input, which will be used to inform the Economic Recovery Plan. Both meetings will be conducted with the same presentation to increase availability to the community.
American Rescue Plan Act Public Meetings
Monday, October 25, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
During the meetings, representatives from the City of Kingston and Laberge Group will explain the Economic Recovery Plan process, identify strengths and opportunities for the City of Kingston, discuss challenges facing the City of Kingston’s economy recovery and solicit project ideas to advance economic recovery.
“The City of Kingston was fortunate to get a significant amount in ARPA funding, and we want to ensure that these funds are used in the most beneficial, equitable way by including all members of the community in the conversation, and identifying gaps and shortfalls in previous Covid relief funding,” said Mayor Noble. “I encourage everyone to spread the word about these meetings so that every resident in our community has a voice in this process. We welcome all ideas that will help restore public health and economic development in the City of Kingston.”
More information can be found at: https://engagekingston.com/american-rescue-plan-act-arpa