BEYOND THE BELTWAY
American Rescue Plan Funds $408 Million Investment in Rural Broadband in Georgia
Nevada Investing $500 Million of ARP Funds in Affordable Housing
St. Louis Investing Nearly $70 Million of ARP Funds in Public Infrastructure
Pittsburgh Investing Over $19 Million of ARP Funds to Improve Public Transit
Cedar Rapids Investing $3 Million in Affordable Housing
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway – our weekly highlight reel of public investment in action.
This week’s edition features big public investment news from the Midwest, South, and West! All across the country, the American Rescue Plan is supporting families and boosting local economies.
Check out the stories you might have missed – all thanks to public investment…
GEORGIA: The State of Georgia will receive $408 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand broadband service to rural communities that lack adequate access. The project will reach an estimated 183,600 residential and business locations. [story]
A quick highlight, for your consideration… “Both political parties are taking credit, though they didn’t always agree beforehand. Every Republican in the U.S. House and Senate voted against the American Rescue Plan Act, which included Georgia’s internet funding.”
NEVADA: Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state will invest $500 million of American Rescue Plan funds to boost housing construction and provide more homeowning opportunities, another $500 million to improve statewide broadband connectivity, and $160 million to reduce the high costs of child care for Nevada families. [story]
MISSOURI: The St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved an investment of $69.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to make improvements to public infrastructure, including paving major city streets, repairing and replacing bridges, and renovating city buildings. In the words of Alderman Oldenburg, “ARPA funds are saving the day here.” [story]
PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh received $19.3 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand rapid transit in the metropolitan area and stimulate neighborhood revitalization. The project also received a substantial amount of public investment funds from the Federal Transit Administration. [story]
IOWA: The city of Cedar Rapids announced it will invest $3 million of American Rescue Plan funds in 14 affordable housing and social service projects that will create new housing, expand food access, promote youth engagement and support immigrants. [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.