FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2022
City of Kingston Releases Economic Recovery Plan Draft
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, after months of engaging residents, businesses and community leaders, the City of Kingston has released a draft of the Economic Recovery Plan, an outline for allocating the $17.3 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
The Kingston Economic Recovery Plan was created using federal guidelines, community input, plans for existing projects, and community feedback for new initiatives to support pandemic recovery.
Federal guidelines state that ARPA funds may be used by local governments for:
- Costs associated with responding to Covid-19 or its negative economic impacts
- To support workers performing essential work during the Covid-19 public health emergency
- To cover revenue losses caused by the Covid-19 public health emergency
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
The City’s Economic Recovery Plan was drafted using a community-based needs assessment that studied the ways the community was/is impacted by the pandemic and has identified priority projects to serve as a catalyst for economic recovery.
“After a rigorous planning process, we are excited to get this infusion of Federal funding into the community,” said Mayor Noble. “The purpose of the ARPA funding is to aid our continued recovery from the pandemic, support businesses and families struggling with its health and economic impacts, and maintain vital public services. Our hope was to create an equitable plan by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity. I believe the careful planning that has gone into creating the Economic Recovery Plan will help the City of Kingston invest our ARPA funds in a way that strengthens and supports the vitality of our community.”
Through the planning process, the City of Kingston has determined several funding categories are critical to the City’s economic future:
- Arts, Cultural and Tourism Development
- Business (Re)Development
- Housing Action
- Non-Profit Service Support
- Parks & Greenway Improvement Funds
- Public Health Protection/General Public Support & Safety
- Vital Community Infrastructure Projects
- Administration & Program Delivery
The full Economic Recovery Plan, which can be found here, has been sent to the Common Council for budgetary approval.