Mayor Sarno stated, “My ARPA team and I continue to meet with our community partners to hear their thoughts and ideas on potential use of ARPA funding towards the seven categories my Administration has identified to capitalize on and to continue to move our City forward for everyone. As I have stated, we have another transformative opportunity to continue to shape the future of our City, similar to the numerous neighborhood and economic development projects my Administration made post tornado. As previously announced, I have created these seven (7) categories; job creation/economic development, capital projects, assistance for businesses, non-profits, seniors, our neighborhoods, and housing, in which my administration will issue RFP’s in order to enhance these initiatives for the betterment of all in our City. I want to thank KeShawn Dodds, Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Club Family Center, for taking the time to meet with myself and my ARPA team. We had a great discussion and I am looking forward to our continued future meetings with our Neighborhood Councils and other community stakeholders and nonprofit organizations.”
Mayor Sarno has already met with a number of non-profit agencies, business groups and religious organizations to discuss the potential opportunities for the City of Springfield to utilize ARPA funding. In addition to today’s meetings, Mayor Sarno and city officials have already met with a host of organizations and non-profits and the following neighborhood councils; Hungry Hill, East Springfield, Maple High Six Corners, McKnight, Old Hill, New North Citizens Council and Indian Orchard Citizens Council. Additional neighborhood council and nonprofit meetings are scheduled.