How Elmira will devote $14M from COVID rescue system cash

The Town of Elmira’s coffers are freshly flush with $14.1 million in funding from the American Rescue Approach Act, the $1.9 trillion deal intended to help the nation recuperate from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elmira leaders began pondering the greatest strategies to improve ARPA’s neighborhood influence shortly after President Joe Biden signed the legislation in March. Very last week, the metropolis turned in its do the job.

The Elmira Town Council authorized an inside committee’s advice of how to disperse the very first spherical of ARPA funding. The checklist consists of investments in infrastructure like broadband obtain, direct assistance for dwelling and business enterprise entrepreneurs, and “premium pay” bonuses for metropolis staff members who served on the frontlines of the pandemic reaction.

“We’re definitely grateful we been given these funds. We’re heading to set them to very good use for all our taxpayers and everybody is going to see a gain,” reported Mayor Dan Mandell.