On October 29, 2021 Cobb County announced the launch of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Community Needs Survey. The online survey is designed to gather community input on how Cobb County should prioritize its $147M allocation of federal ARPA funding. It is open to all Cobb County residents and organizations through December 1, 2021.
This American Rescue Plan Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in March 2021. It set aside funding for local and state governments to support public health, essential workers, infrastructure measures and to lessen the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will help the county to reflect the community’s priorities in its plan for investing the funds between these eligible uses.
Over the next three weeks, county officials hope to hear from as many Cobb County voices as possible. The survey takes only minutes to complete, and every survey response will help to shape an investment strategy that addresses the community’s highest needs.
Cobb officials invited small businesses and nonprofit businesses to join a virtual listening session to learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act and how money can be allocated for Cobb. The listening sessions provided the opportunity to:
- Hear an overview of ARPA and eligible uses of the funding
- Ask questions to learn what ARPA means for you and other small businesses in Cobb County
- Share your perspectives on the needs and opportunities for this funding