KINGSTON – After months of engaging residents, businesses and community leaders, the City of Kingston has released a draft of the Economic Recovery Plan, an outline for allocating the $17.3 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
The Kingston Economic Recovery Plan was created using federal guidelines, community input, plans for existing projects, and community feedback for new initiatives to support pandemic recovery.
Federal guidelines state that ARPA funds may be used by local governments for:
- Costs associated with responding to Covid-19 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
Through the planning process, the City of Kingston has determined several funding categories are critical to the city’s economic future:
Arts, Cultural and Tourism Development
Non-Profit Service Support
Parks & Greenway Improvement Funds
Public Health Protection/General Public Support & Safety
Vital Community Infrastructure Projects
Administration & Program Delivery
The full Economic Recovery Plan, which can be found here, has been sent to the common council for budgetary approval.