American Rescue Plan Stories

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). A critical component of this legislation was direct fiscal relief to state and local governments, which were devastated by unprecedented need and budget shortfalls as a result of the pandemic. Marking the anniversary, mayors from across the country – Republicans and Democrats alike – are reflecting on how important that lifeline was for their cities and sharing how these funds are being put to use to strengthen communities and help drive America’s economic recovery.


Hear from mayors directly on the impacts that the American Rescue Plan has had on America’s cities.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird

Columbus, OH Mayor Andrew Ginther

Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller

Edina Mayor Jim Hovland

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Kansas City, MO Mayor Quinton Lucas

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei

Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett

Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer

Augusta, GA Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie

Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter

Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz

Huntington, WV Mayor Steve Williams

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz


On Thursday, March 10, the Conference released a new survey of mayors that shows how critical relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are being put to use in American cities. An important part of ARPA was direct fiscal assistance for state and local governments through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. With the pandemic triggering painful budget shortfalls at a time of enormous need, cities were provided a total of $65.1 billion to assist in relief and recovery efforts. Since the law’s enactment one year ago, America’s mayors have developed responsible budget plans and worked with local officials to maximize the impact of these funds. Now, as we near the first anniversary of ARPA’s enactment, the survey released today offers a snapshot of how many cities are spending these dollars to address the short- and long-term negative impacts of COVID.

With responses from more than 100 cities, with big, medium, and small populations, the survey released today provides a sample of data on the types of programs that cities have used ARPA funds for, as well as offers dozens of specific examples of programs supported by these resources.