BEYOND THE BELTWAY

American Rescue Plan Makes Major Investments in SDCOVAIL, and More

Counties in Arizona and Maine Use ARP Funds to Increase Affordable Housing

Welcome to Beyond The Beltway – our weekly highlight reel of public investment in action.

This week’s edition features major investments in water infrastructure, affordable housing, education, and more!

The American Rescue Plan has proven a transformational bill that continues to make an impact across the nation.

  • ILLINOIS: The state’s Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund will use $309 million of American Rescue Plan funds to assist homeowners with mortgages and housing expenses due to the pandemic. [story]

  • ARIZONA: Maricopa County will build 750 new affordable housing units thanks to $27 million in American Rescue Plan funds, addressing the lack of housing available to low-income residents. [story]
  • CALIFORNIA: Carlsbad will invest $2 million of American Rescue Plan funds to improve their water system and increase water sustainability. The project is estimated to create over 200 jobs.. [story]

  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Sioux Falls will expand one of the city’s wastewater plants, a project made possible thanks to nearly $49 million of American Rescue Plan funds. The project will be completed by 2025 and will support the city’s growing population with essential water services. [story]

  • VIRGINIA: Blacksburg will utilize nearly $5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to improve city transit, with a focus on replacing buses and introducing electric vehicles into the fleet. [story]

  • MAINE: Knox County is investing $1.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds to address affordable housing challenges in the area by funding several projects proposed by the Knox County Homeless Coalition. [story]

  • COLORADO: The state will invest $2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to improve educational resources and expand tutoring services available for students. [story]

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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