Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to thank Square One President and CEO Dawn DiStefano and VP of Development and Communications Kristine Allard for meeting with me and my city ARPA team. We had a great discussion on how their non-profit can continue to provide much-needed services for our community and how these ARPA funds could enhance that mission. As I have stated previously, 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.”
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, Upper Hill, New North Citizens Council and Indian Orchard Citizens Council. Additional neighborhood council and nonprofit meetings are scheduled.