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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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ARPA in Cobb

President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021.  The $1.9 trillion economic relief package delivers aid to American states, counties, and cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts “on the economy, public health, State and local governments, individuals, and businesses.”

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), established through ARPA, delivers targeted assistance to state and local governments, and offers immediate assistance to struggling individuals, households, and industries, as well as driving transformational growth to deliver meaningful impacts within communities. SLFRF funds are to be allocated with a focus on equity and transparency and have the following eligible uses:

  • Respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Replace lost public sector revenue
  • Make necessary investments in water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure

The law allocated nearly $5 billion to the Georgia state government and $3.5 billion to local governments in the state. More than $2 billion in relief was allocated to Georgia counties with more than $1.4 billion allocated to Georgia cities.  Cobb County will receive more than $147 million in federal relief funding through the SLFRF program. Please see below for additional funding, allocation, and community engagement information.

For more on the American Rescue Plan Act in Georgia please click here.

Links to ARPA Guidance:

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March 22, 2022 - Cobb's Board of Commissioners held a work session to hear the work done to help gauge the interests of members of the community and stakeholders when it comes to distributing ARPA funds.  Deloitte Consulting has been hired by the county to help survey stakeholders and formulate a plan for spending Cobb County's allocation.

Watch the video above and download their presentation here:

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Engaging the community: How Cobb should spend our allocation

On October 29, 2021, Cobb County announced the launch of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Community Needs Survey. The online survey was designed to gather community input on how Cobb County should prioritize its $147M allocation of federal ARPA funding. 

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, and 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.

Cobb County is working with Deloitte Consulting to meet with community groups and stakeholders to get a picture of how the county feels these funds should best be used.

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