Our community received a collective $56.7 million in ARPA funds for use in COVID-19 recovery efforts. These funds from the federal government were designated for use, by the U.S. Department of Treasury, in the following eligible areas:
In addition to funding households, small businesses and schools, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides relief funds to state, local and tribal governments that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These funds can be used by governments to respond to the public health and economic emergency, provide premium pay to essential workers, replace revenue lost due to the pandemic, and make necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. Eligible units of government were allocated ARPA funds based on a methodology created and implemented by the U.S. Treasury.
When the final rule for the program was released in 2022, Vigo County and the City of Terre Haute began a collaborative process to evaluate potential uses of the funds and create individual plans of action, which were presented respectively to the City and County Councils. Upon approval of the overall plans, individual project stakeholders were invited to present to the Council(s) to request an appropriation of ARPA funds for their project.
The Vigo County Council voted Tuesday evening on all of the 29 measures that were presented at last Thursday's sunshine meeting. The Council approved all ARPA funding requests presented at the sunshine meeting.
One month into office, Mayor Brandon Sakbun has big plans for Terre Haute. The mayor unveiled nine projects that he said would bring the city into the future. The projects would spend the remaining ARPA dollars the city has left.
Vigo County Commissioners are giving two local colleges money from the American Rescue Plan fund. On Tuesday, commissioners approved a total of $1 million for two schools. Saint Mary of the Woods College will receive $500,000 for its equine studies program and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will receive $500,000 for its Rose-Hulman Ventures program.