National League of Cities CEO Celebrates Second Anniversary of American Rescue Plan Act

March 10, 2023 - (2 min read)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of the second anniversary of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) becoming law, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued a video statement recognizing the historic legislation’s transformative impact on cities, towns and villages across the country. 

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Within ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program included $65.1 billion in funding to cities, towns and villages to assist them in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.  

Visit the Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker to see how local governments across the country are investing ARPA funds to rebuild and revitalize their communities.  

Below is a transcript of the remarks as delivered. 

“Hi, I’m Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities. This week we are celebrating an incredible accomplishment, and that is the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act two years ago. 

ARPA put $65.1 billion in the hands of local leaders who have used it to improve the lives of the community that they lead. Two years later, cities across the country are using those dollars not only in terms of housing, public safety, they’re using it in water, wastewater systems.  

But we need to hear your story. We need to hear about how you’re doing it. So join me, join us, in celebrating ARPA’s two-year anniversary. And tell the story. Get the word out there about the ARPA impact. Thank you so much.” 


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