Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability Newsletter | August 2021

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Cook County Government - Toni Preckwinkle - Cook County Board President

Environment and Sustainability | August 2021

How should Cook County to Invest in your Community?

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On March 11, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA is an ambitious initiative to stimulate the American economy, support residents, and curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Cook County will directly receive over $1 billion from the federal government through ARPA and is in the process of developing a responsible, comprehensive, and equitable spending plan to strategically use these one-time resources to support both immediate recovery needs and long-term transformative initiatives.

A great deal of work goes into a $1 billion spending plan, and we want to do it right: in an open, honest and transparent manner. Funds provided under ARPA are substantial and will be transformational for states and local governments in their pandemic rescue and recovery efforts.

We look at ARPA as funds intended for all our residents—not just for Cook County government operations. This means we will spend funds in an equitable manner with the largest benefit to the most people over the longest amount of time.

Now is the time to make your voice heard! Follow the links below to share which initiatives are most important to you and your community:

Responses are requested by 11:59pm on Friday, August 6, 2021. Thank you for helping Cook County in our efforts to best support you!

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