American Rescue Plan Makes Big Investments in Housing, Small Business, Rental Assistance, and The Arts 

Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight reel of public investment in action!

This week’s edition features major investments in tourism, small businesses, infrastructure, housing, and more – all thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

  • IOWA: Iowa will use millions of American Rescue Plan funds to boost tourism, including $6 million for a Field of Dreams television series. Other funds will support water recreation in Polk County and hiking trails in Siouxland and Dallas Counties. [story]

  • TENNESSEE: Nashville, Tennessee announced $18 million in American Rescue Plan funds will be used to assist small businesses in Davidson County. Businesses may apply for grants up to $200,000. [story]

  • OHIO: Dayton will spend $138 million of American Rescue Plan funding on city infrastructure, including parks, sidewalks, and home demolition and repair. The city will also use $36 million to cover losses from the pandemic and pay for services through 2024. [story]

  • FLORIDA: Jacksonville plans on using $170,000 in American Rescue Plan funds on helping low-income families struggling with cooling. In some neighborhoods it’s estimated that nearly 30% of households don’t have AC units. [story]

  • CALIFORNIA: Costa Mesa is using $500,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to boost the city’s rental-assistance program, including helping residents pay back rent and coverage gaps from 2020 and 2021. [story]

  • UTAH: Salt Lake City’s Arts Council has approved more than $225,000 in American Rescue Plan grants to 10 artists and 12 local nonprofit organizations. The grants were awarded to empower artist careers and to organizations focused on racial equity and inclusion. [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.

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