Mayor Domenic J. Sarno held his final neighborhood listening sessions on ARPA funding today, meeting with the Springfield Preservation Trust, Lower Liberty Heights Neighborhood Council and the Pine Point Neighborhood Council to hear their thoughts and ideas on how the City of Springfield can best utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
Mayor Sarno and his ARPA team, consisting of Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO) TJ Plante, Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tim Sheehan, Director of Recovery and Business Continuity Attorney Tom Moore, Director of Technical Assistance and Compliance Patrice ‘Chae’ Swan and Budget Analysis Saumajit ‘Sam’ Saha have now met with nearly 30 neighborhood councils and other agencies, organizations, non-profits and business groups as part of the Administrations citywide listening tour seeking community input on local ARPA funding initiatives.
Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to thank everyone who took the time to schedule a meeting with myself and my ARPA team. These citywide listening tour sessions have been very productive and insightful. My Administration has now met with nearly 30 neighborhood councils, agencies and organizations – the most neighborhood and community outreach meetings any local entity has held when discussing the potential allocation and distribution of ARPA monies.”
“We will now look forward to posting our city ARPA RFP’s and get this vital and much-needed funding out into our community. In addition, my Administration will continue to monitor the status of the pending federal infrastructure legislation, which has the potential to be a ‘game changer’ for our City and any additional state and federal funding sources and resources made available, including the $5.2 billion of federal ARPA monies the State Legislature has access too,” Mayor Sarno added.
Mayor Sarno and city officials have met with nearly 30 organizations, agencies, non-profits, business groups and the following neighborhood councils; Hungry Hill, East Springfield, Maple High Six Corners, McKnight, Old Hill, Upper Hill, Indian Orchard Citizens Council, New North Citizens Council, Sixteen Acres Civic Association, Outer Belt Civic Association, South End Citizens Council, Bay Area Neighborhood Council, Lower Liberty Heights Neighborhood Council and Pine Point Neighborhood Council.
An announcement on the City of Springfield ARPA RFP’s will be released in the near future.