Spotlight on Cities: Innovative Uses of ARPA Funds

Akron

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s 5 point framework for community violence reduction is a holistic, forward-thinking approach to improving public safety and addressing gun violence that integrates preventive-focused community partnerships.

In March 2022, Akron awarded over $1.3 million in ARPA funds to eleven community-based organizations focused on violence prevention, including Project Grad, a mentoring and afterschool program, and the Hope & Healing Battered Women’s Shelter.

Beavercreek

Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone plans to use Beavercreek’s ARPA allocation to fund long-needed infrastructure improvements. Beavercreek has over $200 million in infrastructure upgrades on its back burner, waiting for funding, and ARPA funds will make a small dent in getting needed projects off the ground. Mayor Stone and OMA will work together to ensure Beavercreek doesn’t miss out on any available IIJA grants to fund other needed projects in the coming years.

Toledo

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz is using ARPA funds to replace all of Toledo’s private lead water lines, fund universal pre-K in partnership with HOPE Toledo, and build a new YMCA center in a qualified census tract neighborhood in central Toledo. The Mayor also recently touted the plethora of free summer recreational programming available to Toledo youth, thanks to ARPA funds.