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American Rescue Plan Act

  • The City of Gresham will receive $25.3 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). We want to hear what you think are important priorities to focus on as we plan for these funds.

    Help us invest $25.3 million in Gresham

    So far, the City Council has identified five potential focus areas where ARPA funds could be spent. With many community and City needs, the cost of the potential projects is more than the ARPA funds available. Your input will be used to prioritize how the first $12.7 million will be spent and presented to City Council later this fall. The survey closes Oct. 31.

    What is the American Rescue Plan Act?

    The purpose of this $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bill is to help communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local governments receive money directly to fix budget shortfalls and invest in their communities.

    What does it mean for Gresham?

    The City will receive $25.3 million, to be spent by 2026. Gresham received $12.7 in September; the remaining funds will not be available until fall 2022.

    What can the money be used for?

    The federal government has rules for how these funds can be used. Categories include:

    • Supporting the public health response.
    • Addressing negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic.
    • Serving the hardest hit communities.
    • Replacing local government revenue loss.
    • Investing in water and sewer infrastructure.
    • Investing in broadband infrastructure.

    What has Gresham City Council said so far?

    City Council will consider the following principles when deciding how to invest these funds:

    • Equitable: Benefits the hardest hit residents and  businesses.
    • Strategic: Uses one-time funding wisely to provide the largest benefits to the community.
    • Leveraging: Fills a gap where no other COVID recovery funds may exist or complements federal, state or regional ARPA investments.
    • Broad benefits: Considers City and community needs, especially projects that benefit both.
    • High priority: Connects to Council Work Plan priorities adopted by City Council.