In 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA) to help communities recover from the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of $7.3 million has been allocated to the City of Bowling Green. City Council has approved the following investments:
- Residential paving ($3,000,000)
- MARCS Communication Equipment (radios) to improve public safety communications ($350,000)
- City Park Paving Project, which will include road widening, a walking path, and security improvements (cameras & lighting) ($250,000)
- Inclusive Playground Support for Wood County Plays’ Carter Park Project ($100,000)
- Housing Grants ($300,000 over three years)
Following the guiding principles – one-time use of one-time funds, use must be allowable as determined by the US Department of Treasury, avoid duplicated use of funds already in place for other programs/projects, and projects must have a community-wide impact – the City is looking for community feedback to guide the use of the remaining funds, which may be spent over the next three years.
Please complete the Online Community Feedback Form to participate. The online form has also been made available at a kiosk located at the Wood County Library, 251 N. Main St., as well as the City's Community Development Office, located on the 2nd Floor of the City Building, 304 N. Church Street. Responses may be submitted through March 11, 2022. All responses will be compiled and shared in a final report.