American Rescue Plan Advisory (ARPA) Committee

Purpose

The City of Grand Junction is determining how to utilize the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) allocated to the City by the U.S. Treasury, as established in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). These funds to states, counties and local governments are intended to provide support in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 alongside efforts to contain impacts to communities, residents, and businesses. Treasury has determined Grand Junction’s portion of these funds to be approximately $10.4 million. The allowable uses of these funds are broad, as determined by the legislation and guidance from the U.S. Treasury. They include: 

  • Replacement of Public Sector Revenue Loss
  • Support for the Public Health Response 
  • Address Negative Economic Impacts
  • Premium Pay for Essential Workers
  • Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure

Within each of these broad categories, Treasury has outlined a non-exhaustive list of potential eligible spending uses designed to grant wide flexibility for each individual community’s needs. 

The City of Grand Junction will be working to determine the best use of SLFRF funds in our community over the next several months. An important part of this effort was establishing an American Rescue Plan Advisory (ARPA) Committee to provide input to the City Council on potential uses of the funds. The City solicited applications for this committee and selections have been made by City Council.

The American Rescue Plan Advisory Committee makes SLFRF funding recommendations to City Council. City Council sought a diverse group of representatives with knowledge and experience in a variety of areas including the nonprofit sector, healthcare, business, and economic development. Committee members will participate in several meetings over the course of a few months.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Committee Members

City Council has made its selection of Committee members

  • Bill Wade, Chair
  • Ben Herman, Vice Chair
  • Cindy Enos-Martinez
  • Diane Schwenke
  • Estrella Ruiz
  • Gary Schroen
  • Kay Ramachandran
  • Laurel Cole
  • Linda Taylor
  • Raul De Villegas Decker
  • William Findlay
  • Abe Herman, City Council Representative
  • Dennis Simpson, City Council Representative
  • Randall Reitz, City Council Representative

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Meeting agendas can be found on the Agendas & Minutes webpage

Approved State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Allocations

Approved State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) funding allocations will be published on this page. 

To review the provisions of these funds, refer to the Treasury Final Rule (PDF) or Final Rule Overview (PDF). The Final Rule takes precedence over any other published rulemaking on the Treasury's site and will be the primary document the ARPA Committee uses as a reference. The Treasury also published the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds webpage. This page includes an overview of SLFRF funds, FAQs, and other important resources.

Resources

For more information, contact Johnny McFarland, Assistant to the City Manager, at johnnym@gjcity.org or 970-244-1505.