Hello Ward 7ers,
I want you to know about some upcoming community listening sessions about how Northampton should spend a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds we are receiving.
Mayor Sciarra has designated $4 million, or 18%, of Northampton’s ARPA funding to projects designed to aid in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and have a positive impact upon the community.
The listening sessions are a chance for the Northampton's ARPA Advisory Commission to collect input from the community to help it meet its its goal of using the designated ARPA funds to increase equity and support the City's recovery from the negative impacts of the Pandemic.
The sessions are designed with the idea of facilitating a discussion of community priorities in Northampton, not to comment on specific project proposals.
In the upcoming months, the City's ARPA Commission will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP). FYI: All projects must respond to negative health or economic impacts caused by the COVID Pandemic.
There will be information sessions for prospective applicants after the RFP is issued. In addition, information will be posted on the city’s ARPA webpage at northamptonma.gov/ARPA.
UPCOMING ARPA LISTENING SESSIONS
Thursday, June 16 @ 3:30 p.m. IN PERSON MEETING
Florence Civic Center
90 Park Street
This session is aimed at small businesses, non-profits, and other community organizations. However, all community members are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, June 21 @ 7 a.m.
Thursday, June 23 @ 6 p.m. IN PERSON
Florence Heights Community Room
178 Florence Road
Spanish language interpreter available/ Intérprete de español disponible