Stonecrest Forward

STONECREST'S AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT "ARPA" PROGRAM 

Discover how Stonecrest is investing $9.7 million in federal stimulus funds to address the negative impacts of the pandemic in our community in a transparent, unbiased and efficient way.

Together, we are moving #STONECRESTFORWARD.

 
This summer, the City of Stonecrest invited residents, community organizations, business owners and area stakeholders to participate in an online survey to assist officials in determining the best use of funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021. It is the sixth COVID-19 relief bill enacted and provides approximately $1.9 trillion in assistance. The City has been allocated $9.7 million in funding to address the negative impacts of the pandemic through a number of opportunities, including education, housing, food assistance, or loan and grant programs.

The survey is now closed. The City received more than 800 responses. 

Stonecrest appreciates your support and input in this important community outreach initiative. Currently, City leaders are reviewing the results and issues that are important to you. To view the ARPA survey results, click here.

Below are the dates and agenda topics when ARPA funding was discussed at a meeting with the Mayor and Council. To locate and read the minutes of those meetings, or to view the presentations given to City Council, click here

Please check back often for updates.

 

DATE DISCUSSED 

AGENDA (OR DISCUSSION) ITEM 

 4.11.22

ARPA Community Engagement Plan  

 5.23.22

 City Manager's ARPA Survey Update 

 6.13.22

ARPA Update  

6.29.22

ARPA Survey Results Presentation 

 8.8.22

ARPA Work Session Presentation

 8.22.22

 ARPA Update

 9.12.22

 ARPA Update 

 11.07.22

 Georgia Piedmont ARPA Grant consideration

 12.12.22

 ARPA Update 

 12.27.22

 ARPA Funding Approved for fabric and shade structures at local parks 

 1.23.23

 ARPA Funding Approved for Lighting Improvements at the Southeast Athletic Complex 

 

Stonecrest Officials Approve the First Phase of ARPA Allocations for the City

The Stonecrest City Council approved recommendations for the initial allocation of $9.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at its August 22 meeting.

The first phase will distribute $5.7 million aimed at aiding residents and businesses as well as supporting both education and youth programs.

The initial allocations approved at Monday’s meeting included the following categories: small business support ($2 million), educational support ($1.2 million), residential assistance ($1 million), parks upgrades ($900,000), new youth programs ($500,000), and a Stonecrest Citizens Academy ($100,000).

 

 

Stonecrest Allocates $500K in ARPA Grants to Georgia Piedmont Technical College 

Stonecrest City Council has awarded $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC). The grant will be used to support continuing education and workforce training at GPTC’s Regional Transportation Training Center, which is undergoing renovations and construction in Stonecrest. 

Mayor Jazzmin Cobble presented the funds to the College’s staff during GPTC’s annual Grateful Gathering program. 

“Today is a great day for Stonecrest. I am thrilled to announce our financial pledge to Georgia Piedmont Technical College. This grant will create more jobs and expand educational opportunities,” said Mayor Cobble. “I want to thank the City Council for their vote and commitment to supporting educational partnerships throughout the city. This investment is critical to ensuring economic growth and future development in our community.” 

The Regional Transportation Training Center will be instrumental in producing high-demand, skilled workers for the transportation industry, notably commercial truck drivers, logistics, and distribution workers.

“If it weren’t for the generosity of our public and private partners, Georgia Piedmont Technical College would have a hard time providing the workforce development needed for our citizenry,” said GPTC President Dr. Tavarez Holston. “The half a million in funds from the City of Stonecrest will go a long way toward enhancing the training and education for our logistics and transportation programs.”

Stonecrest Approves Over $374K in ARPA Funds

Stonecrest City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $374,211 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for lighting improvements at the Southeast Athletic Complex and awarded a contract to install LED field lights at the facility during its January 23 meeting.

The City’s investment will increase visibility, enhance safety, and extend outdoor youth program hours in the park. Stonecrest’s improvement plan includes adding new lights to the soccer fields and maintenance area at the complex.

“We are committed to bringing more amenities and a brighter future to our parks and recreational facility,” said Mayor Jazzmin Cobble. “Parks are unofficial town squares that unite our communities, and our Parks and Recreation Department provides an essential service to our residents and visitors. These ARPA funds combined with SPLOST revenue from our Fiscal Year 23 Capital Improvements Budget will help us continue to build outdoor gems that will draw our community together for generations.”

In August 2022, the City Council set aside an initial total of $900,000 in ARPA funding for park upgrades. The amount approved during Monday’s meeting represents a portion of those funds.

The City anticipates noticeable cost-savings from the purchase of the new lights.

“LED sports lighting is more energy efficient than traditional lighting methods,” said Ben Dillard, Director of Parks and Recreation. “This one-time federal funding provides an opportunity to activate our fields for longer durations and reduce the City’s operational costs.”

Stonecrest's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fund Financial Reports

January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022  

 

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