Public Virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss ARPA funds

Public virtual town hall meeting to discuss ARPA funds. Renny MacKay, Policy Director, Gov....
Public virtual town hall meeting to discuss ARPA funds. Renny MacKay, Policy Director, Gov. Mark Gordon.(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 5:41 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A virtual town hall meeting will take place on Friday at 1 pm in the Capitol.

This meeting will include members of the Governor’s strike team.

“We really do hope that people will get engaged, there’s that online comment form on the governor’s website, we just hope that people will participate and know that there are some really neat ideas that is out there that are about a future for Wyoming, where we can make some strategic investments,” said Renny MacKay, Policy director for Gov. Mark Gordon.

The team will present the Governor’s 10 goals and the associated proposals. There are over $3 billion in projects the strike team is looking over.

Federal regulations limit the proposals that could qualify for the $1 billion in ARPA funds, which must be used by 2026.

But more projects could qualify under the new infrastructure funds.

The “thrive” portion of the Governor’s plan will set up long-term goals for Wyoming’s success and growth.

Some of the areas the team will be focusing on are housing, childcare, broadband infrastructure, health care, human services, and economic diversity.

“This was a really good exercise for us to be thinking about a future no matter what money, whether state revenue or federal money pay for it. Or maybe it won’t be paid for now, but it certainly gives us an idea of something we could invest in, in the future,’ said MacKay.

The town hall will be open for public comment online. Wyomingites will have the opportunity to voice what they would like to see built in Wyoming’s future.

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