How should Clark County spend $440M from the American Rescue Plan Act? Public input wanted

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County wants to hear from its residents how it should use the $440 million it received in federal money under the American Rescue Plan Act. The money must be used to respond to the pandemic and promote economic recovery.

Over the next 30 days, the county will hold town hall meetings (either virtually or face-to-face) and conduct online surveys to get input for the County’s Recovery Plan which must be submitted to the federal government by Aug. 31.

There will be four community stakeholder meetings which will provide an overview of potential programs and services that may be funded using the money. There will also be several community meetings where the public can give input and a Teletown meeting. You can see those listed further down the page.

  • Hard-hit communities and assistance to households – Tuesday, July 13, 6 – 8 p.m. The board would like information about immediate and long-term needs of households that were disproportionately and negatively impacted by the pandemic. The public meeting will be held at the Clark County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas and public comment will be taken. The meeting will also be aired live on Clark County TV (Ch. 4/1004) and streamed live at this YouTube link, and this Facebook link. The county will have an online survey available at this link on July 21.

Here are the topics for the future stakeholder meetings:

  • Affordable housing – Wednesday, July 14, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: The board is looking for information about shelter and housing needs, particularly among communities that were disproportionately and negatively impacted by the pandemic.
  • Small business and workforce training – Thursday, July 15, 2 – 5 p.m.: The board would like to receive information about the needs of small businesses and individuals requiring job training to re-enter the workforce.
  • Health and infrastructure – Tuesday, July 20 following county commission meeting: The board is looking for information about the need for future investment in public health, water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

“These funds provide a unique opportunity to address not just the immediate needs of Clark County households, but also some fundamental shortcomings with affordable housing, healthcare and other deficiencies that affect our ability to achieve a full recovery for Southern Nevada,” said Clark County Commission Vice Chairman Jim Gibson.

A Teletown Hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening:

  • Wednesday, July 14 at 5 p.m. with Commissioner Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Congressman Steven Horsford. Residents may call in at 1-833-490-0776 or join online at this link.
  • Residents will be asked to provide input and will be asked questions such as these:
    • How did the pandemic affect your family, neighbors, neighborhood and/or business?
    • What types of assistance would have been helpful to overcome these challenges?
    • Are there forms of assistance that will reduce the burdens of the pandemic?
    • Are there other forms of assistance that will solve the root causes of these challenges?
    • What hasn’t been shared that you would like us to know?

Here are the community meetings:

  • Wednesday, July 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Commissioners Tick Segerblom and William McCurdy II at the East Las Vegas Library, 2851 E. Bonanza Road.
  • Thursday, July 15, 6-7 p.m. with Commissioner Jim Gibson and Henderson Mayor Debra March at Henderson’s Downtown Senior Center, 27 E. Texas Ave. in Henderson.
  • Monday, July 19, 6-7:30 p.m. with Commissioner Gibson and Segerblom at Paradise Recreation Center, 4775 S. McLeod Dr. in Las Vegas.
  • Monday, July 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Commissioner Segerblom at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center Theater at 3130 McLeod Dr. in Las Vegas.
  • Tuesday, July 27, 9-10 a.m. with Commissioner Justin Jones and Nevada State Sen. Marilyn Dondero Loop at the Desert Breeze Community Center at 8275 Spring Mountain Rd. in Las Vegas.
  • Thursday, July 29, 10-11 a.m. with Commissioner Justin Jones at the Sandy Valley Community Center at 650 W Quartz Ave. in Sandy Valley. Staff from Congresswoman Susie Lee’s office will be in attendance.

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