UNPACKING FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE MORE LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) are historic funding opportunities to strengthen communities for the future. As local governments compete for grants and seek to implement investments strategically, they must navigate complex funding rules and reporting requirements to design programs and partnerships that can deliver measurable, equitable outcomes for all residents. To address persistent challenges and build resilience against future threats, it will be critical that spending decisions represent the voices and needs of people of all ages, abilities, races and incomes – including older adults, who have disproportionately been impacted by the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will require augmenting capacity in short-staffed departments and agencies, as well as finding new and innovative ways to engage communities and harness local partners and resources.
Local governments don’t have to face this challenge alone. ELGL and AARP have teamed up—in partnership with Funkhouser & Associates—to host a unique cohort-style program in spring 2022, which will bring the power of peer-to-peer learning and a support network to help your jurisdiction tap into and leverage those federal funds for transformative impacts.
Brent Stockwell – Assistant City Manager, Scottsdale AZ
Jyotsna Khattri – Communications and PR Manager, El Paso County
Kimiko Black-Gilmore – Assistant City Manager, Kansas City, Missouri
Mark Funkhouser – President, Funkhouser & Associates
Join us for a new webinar that explores how Texas government leaders are using technology and automation to help public sector workers do their jobs more successfully and enhance constituent services.
Governments in Texas are facing unique challenges in the post-pandemic recovery. Home to some of the fastest-growing regions in the country, the pandemic exacerbated the pressure these governments were already facing to expand service delivery. In addition, while the public sector staffing crisis has not hit Texas as hard as elsewhere, data shows that governments in the state are still operating with 20,000 fewer employees than before the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provide funding for governments to address these capacity challenges. Learn how to leverage this federal funding to:
* Manage both short- and long-term capacity issues by modernizing systems and boosting efficiency
* Upskill employees by freeing up time for high-value work to support retention and performance improvement
* Increase accountability and transparency by monitoring for fraud and investing in cybersecurity.