CARSON CITY—Nevada this week got a an extra $1 million to help in planning how to spend some of the $6.7 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds directed to the state this year.The money comes in the form of a Statewide Planning Grant from the Economic Development Administration, intended specifically to help communities speed up economic recovery and build more resilient local economies.
Nevada was one of 24 states to receive one of the planning grants after applying for the funds.
State Treasurer Zach Conine and Gov. Steve Sisolak just this week wrapped up the Nevada Recovers Listening Tour, a 123-stop tour to hear ideas on how the state should spend its ARP funds. While specific ideas weren’t collected on that tour, more than 2,500 proposals were submitted through the online tool.
“In conjunction with my listening tour, this grant enhances Nevada’s ability to plan for the influx of money that the State will receive from the President’s Build Back Better agenda,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I am proud that Nevada is one of the first states to receive these grants, as this augmented planning will assist in the betterment and broadening of Nevada’s economy.”
The grant will be managed through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which has already identified seven projects it’ll spend the money on. Those include assessing the state’s supply chain, economic resources, broadband, workforce skills, and innovation and entrepreneurship networks to improve efficiency, access and economic stability.
GOED will also look at communities with persistent poverty and how they can be assisted to gain more even footing with more prosperous areas of the state.
Throughout the work, GOED said it will also include coordination with Tribal and indigenous communities on planning efforts that cross paths with their interests or are supported by impacted Tribal communities.