Do you need additional COVID-19 recovery assistance? Do you have great ideas for how to help the City of Albany Build Back Better? The City of Albany and the COVID Recovery Task Force are seeking input on the City’s use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds. Your feedback is essential to ensuring that the discretionary ARP funds are used in the most impactful ways for our community. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey here by Tuesday, July 20th – 17 questions estimated at under 15 minutes to complete!  

To address the challenges identified in each of these Impact Areas during the Needs Assessment, diverse project and program solutions will be required. (Please see a more detailed description of the project and program areas HERE.) While the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will not be allocating funding or awarding projects/programs, the final report will help future decision makers assess project and program proposals as well as to advocate for additional resources beyond the American Recovery Plan. While the first survey distributed earlier this summer focused on assessing COVID-19 recovery needs, this final survey focuses on prioritizing recommendations – general overall priorities, level of urgency and level of assistance needed.

On March 12, 2021, Mayor Sheehan announced the creation of a COVID Recovery Task Force to ensure the City of Albany equitably and strategically maximizes the resources available to our residents, businesses, and community organizations thanks to the American Rescue Plan to restart Albany and build back better.  For more information on the Task Force, visit: https://www.albanyny.gov/1924/COVID-Recovery-Taskforce.

Signed into law by President Biden in March 2021, the ARP has provided funding to states, local governments, and other entities to help replace lost revenues, cover COVID-related expenses, and reverse the economic impacts of this pandemic. The City of Albany was allocated approximately $80.7 million as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. 

The 41 experts who make up the Task Force represent a broad cross-section of community, education, healthcare and commercial sectors, and – in addition to these surveys – will draw from existing community strategies and their extensive experience to provide information on trends and impacts in their industries, while representing the populations they serve. As the Task Force’s work progresses, it is important for the City to obtain input from the public on local needs and priorities to ensure local needs are being well-represented. The City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force will be working with their diverse constituent groups directly in addition to these two widespread public surveys to meet these needs. The final report produced will ultimately help guide the City of Albany and its Common Council on how best to allocate resources for recovery from the pandemic. Thank you in advance for making your voice heard in this important effort.