The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion law that includes $350 billion in direct, flexible aid to states, counties, cities, and tribal governments and represents a once in a generation chance for local leaders to engage residents and make investments that can strengthen communities so they are great places for all. As part of AARP’s efforts to connect older adults and local leaders on these investments, AARP has been hosting tele town halls with local leaders across the country.
This week, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul Tenhaken joined AARP South Dakota State Director Erik Gaikowski for a discussion with 600 older adults in Sioux Falls about their priorities in recovery from the pandemic. Mayor Tenhaken shared several ways that the city is leveraging funding under the Rescue Plan, through the Sioux Falls for All Plan including:
Mayor Tenhaken also discussed the progress the city has made since becoming a member of the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities and how this work fits in with digital equity work that the city is undertaking to improve access to high speed internet across the community.
In response to a poll question AARP members indicated that their top priorities in recovery from the pandemic included: ensuring affordable and safe housing (54%) and improving transportation options (27%). Questions and discussion also centered on the following topics:
A recording of the program is available here. To learn more about how communities can tap these ARPA funds, download the free new resource from AARP, The American Rescue Plan Act and Older Adults: Opportunities and Resources for Local Leaders.
Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Sioux Falls, SD
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
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