AKRON, Ohio – The city is deploying a strategy to spend the pandemic relief money from the US Rescue Plan, and Akron residents are invited to participate.
Of the $ 350 million allocated to eligible state, territorial and tribal governments, the federal government has allocated $ 145 million over two years to Akron, which Akron City Council approved this week.
Throughout the city’s distribution process, information, resources and a dashboard will be available on a dedicated page on the city’s website. The dashboard will provide details on spending on neighborhood-specific programs, services and projects, the city said.
To learn more about the funds Akron will receive and participate in a live question-and-answer session, residents can register for one of two Zoom sessions broadcast live on:
The city said it was also interested in residents’ ideas for money, which can be submitted through an online form. The briefings will be streamed live on the Akron City Council YouTube page.
The city will follow specific guidelines that the federal government has established for spending the money and proposes that it be invested in:
- prevention of community and youth violence;
- support of public services;
- local economic recovery;
- parks and public spaces;
- access to health care and social services; and
- fiscal stabilization.
Like most US cities, Akron has been hit hard by the pandemic, Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a statement. He encourages residents to express themselves during these information sessions.
“With this injection of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, we have a unique opportunity to address long-standing challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic,” Horrigan said. “We look forward to delivering this money quickly to the community so that residents in need can take advantage of this important lifeline and begin to rebuild the vital connective tissue that will make our neighborhoods stronger in the long run.”
The money must be allocated by Dec.31, 2024 and distributed by Dec.31, 2026, the city said.
Akron hired Guidehouse, a consulting service, to serve as the project manager to structure and oversee the process, the city said.
Those without Internet access who wish to participate in the information sessions can contact the Clerk’s office at 330-375-2256 for an appeal option.