Residents of St. Louis County can now fill out a survey online to share how they think funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) should be spent.
The survey will be live for three weeks. St. Louis County will announce the days and times for both virtual and in-person townhalls happening in March where the community also will be able to provide feedback. The survey and upcoming townhalls are among the community engagement efforts of County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s community outreach team.
“Hearing from our residents on what the needs are in their communities is critical especially as we talk about recovering from this pandemic,” said County Executive Page. “This newly assembled team has deep roots in the community and brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table. I’m excited to see this new initiative unfold.”
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis is requesting a small percentage of ARPA funds from St. Louis City and St. Louis County. According to the American for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity Report, pre-pandemic, the St. Louis arts sector generates close to $600 million in economic activity, supports more than 19,000 full-time jobs, and draws nearly 11.7 million people to the area every year.
“A full recovery for the arts sector is essential to the social and economic wellbeing and growth of the St. Louis region. RAC has taken great care to improve our processes to ensure our grantmaking is more efficient and effective,” Cooksey added, “and we are exploring new and diverse revenue streams to ensure our grants can be fully funded in the future.”