Fort Wayne announces possible uses for ARPA funds

Areas of focus include boosting the local economy, infrastructure and mental health of residents
Downtown Fort Wayne
Downtown Fort Wayne(Staff)
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 12:43 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - City officials say they have outlined several possible uses for the $50.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Fort Wayne is receiving.

The City of Fort Wayne announced Thursday afternoon that plans for the funds are set to be introduced at City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, March 22, with discussion planned for a later date. Officials say the plan was developed in partnership with the City Administration, City government division and department leaders, City Council, and community members. Officials say the City used Crowe as a consultant to provide professional expertise and lead the preparation of the plan.

“Our top priority is to continue to ensure the needs of our residents and businesses are being met through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our suggested outline for the use of ARPA dollars is an important duty that we take seriously and is designed to move Fort Wayne forward in a positive direction,” said Mayor Henry. “Our focus on health, economic development, neighborhood infrastructure, public safety, and parks positions our community for continued growth and success.”

The draft plan, attached in full below, lays out the following possible uses of the ARPA funds:

  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
  • To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality
  • For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency

Areas of focus for the funds:

  • Build strong and healthy communities - $13 million – Improve the mental and physical health of Fort Wayne community and its residents
  • Strengthen neighborhoods - $18.2 million – Invest in vital infrastructure to support our community and help it thrive
  • Reenergize our City - $6.3 million – Support efforts to raise the community’s profile and boost the local economy
  • Secure resilient City operations - $13.3 million – Provide continuity and drive excellence in the provision of government services to achieve maximum benefit for residents

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