Just like that, the first half of 2021 is behind us. As the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was developing on the other side of the country, I joined more than 4 00 elected leaders across America in advocating for Congress to pass ARPA, including direct fiscal assistance to all cities.
That hope became a reality and the City of Beaverton is the grateful recipient of about $16.9M in much-needed ARPA funding. The city received the first half of funding mid-May, with the second half expected in spring 2022. While we awaited specific guidance from the Treasury, we worked diligently with limited information to prioritize our projects and plans. As you might expect, the city has revenue losses and other budgetary concerns that need to be addressed.
Partner jurisdictions and legislators also received direct funding, which presented an opportunity to collaborate and multiply our impact. Over the past few months, I’ve been working with regional partners on creatively pooling our resources to address common goals. I’m stoked to share with you that multiple projects submitted by the city and key partners (including those that address homelessness, mental health, affordable housing, and childcare) were selected to receive a portion of the state’s recovery funds. I encourage you to stay tuned as we work together to #buildbackbetter.
Lacey Beaty, Mayor