Johnson County is seeking community feedback on how to invest $29.3 million of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
Public input, transparency and accountability are critical to Johnson County’s response efforts. The Board of Supervisors and ARPA Leadership Team invite residents, businesses and community organizations to provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds through a series of public input sessions.
The federal funding guidelines require that programs and projects must be tied to one of the following allowable uses and be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024:
- Support public health response;
- Address negative economic impacts;
- Replace public sector revenue loss;
- Provide premium pay to essential workers; and
- Make necessary investments to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
Public input sessions will take place on the following dates/times:
- Thursday, Aug. 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City
Visioning session and roundtable discussion for Johnson County nonprofits and service providers.
- Monday, Aug. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City
Open house listening session for urban communities (Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, and University Heights).
- Monday, Sept. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., location to be determined
Addressing negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (residents, workers, business owners, and impacted industries).
- Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., location to be determined
Facilitated session for rural residents and small communities in northern Johnson County (Oxford, Tiffin, Solon, Shueyville, Swisher and unincorporated areas).
- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., location to be determined
Facilitated session for rural residents and small communities in southern Johnson County (Hills, Lone Tree and unincorporated areas).
- Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Johnson County Administration Building, Board Room, 913 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City
Comprehensive town hall session (Zoom option available).
Residents can also provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds through an online survey at https://johnsoncountyiowa.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_425gsQ7THOCMMCO.
More information about ARPA and how it impacts Johnson County is available at www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/arpa.