Source: Kevin Maloney, CCM
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CCM’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Advisory Service Committee calls for greater regional and state collaboration on recovery projects
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today (Monday, October 18) said that CCM’s ARP Advisory Service Committee is advocating towns and cities to use a portion of nearly $700 million in available funding towards regional recovery efforts and encouraging the State to collaborate more with local officials on state ARP projects.
In total, under the ARP, there is $1.56 billion being sent to Connecticut municipal governments and another $995 million for Connecticut school districts.
CCM’s ARP Advisory Service Committee is actively working to provide municipal CEOs across the state with an ongoing panel of public and private sector experts to best help local officials administer this unique funding. Along with developing best practices and providing resources, the Committee is also seeking to promote collaborative and uniform efforts among Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities regarding ARP funding uses.
As part of the state ARP action plans, Connecticut has been successful in securing funding for a “county” apportionment of $691 million which has been distributed to individual municipalities on a population basis. The Advisory Service Committee is brainstorming on how the “county” portion can be allocated to serve regional efforts.
In particular, there has been discussion regarding projects that may be more difficult to do alone and would be more effectively accomplished on a regional scale. As a result of those deliberations, the Committee has endorsed the proposal to encourage individual municipalities to allocate a portion of the county funds that each municipality received to work together on regional recovery activities.
There is a wide range of potential regional projects that will be considered by the COGs or other regional partners that can assist towns with staffing regional recovery efforts,” said Carl Fortuna, First Selectman of Old Saybrook and ARP Advisory Service Committee member.
In addition, the Committee is encouraging the State to work in a more collaborative manner with municipalities on ARP related projects. The CCM committee argues that greater investments and progress can be made by utilizing both state and municipal resources to advance recovery efforts.
Members of the Committee include CCM-member municipal CEOs, municipal finance directors, municipal attorneys, economic development experts, economists, business representatives, non-profits, and infrastructure project experts.
See attachment for the membership of the CCM advisory group.
“Recovery efforts should not take place in a vacuum. Enhanced collaboration by the State with municipal leaders and COGs will promote stronger money-saving recovery efforts,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director and CEO.
“The COGs can provide a valuable service to municipalities with support in administering this ARP funding; organizing small business grant programs; enabling greater regional coordination of social services; and fostering municipal transition to digital documents and online transactions,” said Samuel Gold, Executive Director of the Lower Connecticut Rover Valley Regional Council of Governments.