KINGSTON – The City of Kingston held two public meetings to inform the city’s Economic Recovery Plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Persons who were unable to attend can watch the meetings here.
Kingston will receive approximately $17 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 to 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 has opened a survey for the community to weigh in. Find the survey here, which will be open until November 19, 2021.