American Rescue Plan Act

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Revitalizing Connecticut’s Downtowns

An injection of federal funding is helping restore buildings and infrastructure to bring residents and businesses back to central districts.

April 30, 2024 - The CT Mirror

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Opinion: Local Governments Must Take Urgent Action on Affordable Housing Funds

Cities and states have until the end of the year to decide how to spend federal affordable housing dollars.

March 10, 2024 - Governing

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Boston Grant Program Supports Greener Affordable Housing

The city wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

August 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Capitol Hill

Feds Could Take Back ARPA Funding in Debt Ceiling Talks

Aid dollars not yet distributed to states and cities could be part of a Congressional ‘clawback,’ prompting concern from local leaders.

February 16, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Indianapolis Launches ‘Vacant to Vibrant’ Housing Initiative

The program directs federal funding to the redevelopment of vacant properties as part of the city’s efforts to create more affordable housing units.

January 19, 2023 - WFYI

Detroit, Michigan

Placemaking Redefined by a New Era of Federal Investment

Six tips for ensuring that new placed-based funding programs, such as the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, achieve the full potential of a new era of place-based federal investment.

December 12, 2022 - Brookings

U.S. Capital

No Bragging Rights for Passing the Infrastructure Act?

You'd think the passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act would convey bragging rights for Democratic congress members facing competitive midterm elections today. Ironically, Republicans who opposed the bill are taking credit.

November 8, 2022 - Politico

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Zoning Changes, Federal Funds Enable Adaptive Reuse Program in Pittsburgh

Funding and zoning changes are likely necessary but insufficient on their own, to borrow a phrase from Nolan Gray. Pittsburgh hopes to deploy both to spur adaptive reuse in the city.

September 26, 2022 - Trib Live

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New Downtown Master Plan for Danville, California

The city of Danville, located along the Easy Bay Area’s I-680 corridor, last week approved a new master plan for its downtown, with funding for implementation made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act.

September 12, 2022 - Danville San Ramon

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Where Are American Rescue Plan Funds Going?

Two digital tools track local spending of American Rescue Plan dollars.

September 8, 2022 - Brookings

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Biden Administration Awards $1 Billion for ‘Build Back Better Regional Challenge’

The “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” will award $1 billion in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan to projects spanning 24 states.

September 2, 2022 - The White House


Lawmakers Question ARPA Spending

Cities and states say the American Rescue Plan Act has been crucial to keeping the lights on during the pandemic, but some Republican lawmakers denounce spending on projects unrelated to COVID relief.

March 22, 2022 - Route Fifty

Winter City

Detroit Launches Website To Track Spending of Federal Dollars

A new web portal allows Detroiters to see how the city is spending hundreds of millions in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

March 15, 2022 - Detroit Free Press

Highway 520

Washington Officials Want to Spend American Rescue Plan Funding on Highway Projects

Despite broader intentions, federal economic relief continues to get redirected to automobile-focused infrastructure.

February 1, 2022 - The Seattle Times

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Third Round of Indian Community Block Grant Funding Announced

The American Rescue Plan included $280 million in funding for the Indian Community Development Block Grant program. A third round of funding announced in January adds $84 million to that total.

January 27, 2022 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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L.A. Metro Receives $1.24 Billion in Federal Funds

L.A.'s transit agency was awarded over a billion dollars in American Rescue Plan funding for maintenance and operations.

January 18, 2022 - The Source

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Where Mayors Want to Spend Federal Aid

An annual survey reveals that mayors want to prioritize spending federal funding on homelessness, transportation, and social services.

December 6, 2021 - Route Fifty

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Plan Would Add Thousands of New Black, Latino Homeowners in Milwaukee

A new plan to add 18,000 affordable housing units in Milwaukee is the latest in a string of efforts by the city to ensure housing affordability to all income levels and address the racial homeownership gap in the city.

September 10, 2021 - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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How to Maximize the Local Impact of the American Rescue Plan

A new report provides advice and guidance on how cities, with Philadelphia as its example, can make the most of the historic funding opportunities made available by the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress earlier this year.

August 13, 2021 - The New Localism

Seattle Transit

$158 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding Going to Seattle-Area Light Rail Projects

New Capital Investment Grant funding was announced earlier this month.

July 19, 2021 - Kent Reporter

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