Making the Most of the ARP in Richmond To Build Community Wealth & Equity. Virtual Town Hall, July 28, 7 p.m.

Community Town Hall! Wednesday July 28, 7 p.m.

A key focal point of our work this year has been to urge city leaders to take a strategic approach to the use of forthcoming American Rescue Plan Act funds to support transformational change here in Richmond, both through expanding existing efforts and launching new ideas. Richmond is poised to receive nearly $155 million in federal aid which can be used to ramp up investments in affordable housing, community wealth building, early childhood education and more over the next four years.

Earlier this month, we released a detailed proposal for how Richmond might strategically spend these funds, and we’ve also written about these ideas in a recent Style Weekly piece.

This week we are having our first-ever Community Town Hall, “Making the Most of the ARP in Richmond to Build Community Wealth & Equity,” Wednesday July 28 at 7 pm, virtually via Zoom.

Panelists will include Laura Goren of The Commonwealth Institute, who will provide an overview of ARPA as a whole as well as its provisions for aid to states and localities; Thad Williamson of Richmond Together who will provide an overview of RT’s proposed investment plan; and Kelly Harris-Braxton of Virginia First Cities, who will discuss how localities across Virginia are approaching the use of these funds. The panel will be followed by audience questions and discussion, moderated by Bryce Robertson of Richmond Together.

Please join us for this important discussion. To RSVP and get the Zoom link, use this form.