• To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure. • 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; “What’s really interesting about those guidelines is it’s the first federal rules that I’ve seen around money that say, you know, here’s a list of all the things that you can do,” Tedesco said. “And, by the way, this list is non-exclusive, which means if you’re coming up with different things that you need to get done in the name of COVID relief or economic development, economic recovery, you can do those things.”
• 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; The money can be used:
• To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible staff; But the U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued an interim final rule regarding the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan designed by President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats in response to the pandemic that disrupted the economy on a historic level and led to the deaths of more than 625,000 United States residents to date.
This one-page report on the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds was provided by Michael Tedesco, director of the Vision Together 2025 program in Johnstown. The Tribune-Democrat Tedesco put together a one-page primer to provide some general information to local American Rescue Plan recipients. Vision, an organization that promotes the city and region, also tentatively plans to hold a workshop in September.
“There’s an opportunity to be transformative with these funds here,” Tedesco said. “This is a once-in-a-career opportunity for everybody involved with the process.” The American Rescue Plan originally allocated $6.15 billion to Pennsylvania counties, cities and local government units, including $32.2 million to Johnstown, $25.3 million to Cambria County, $9.3 million to Bedford County and $14.2 million to Somerset County – although those amounts could be adjusted.
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