Local governments have a great opportunity to create a better future

Local governments have an enormous opportunity to create a better future if they spend ARPA funds strategically - Check out how the ResourceX ARPA Toolset can support your organization!

ICMA surveyed local government Chief Administrative Officers in September of 2021 about their priorities for utilizing their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Nearly 600 town, city, and county managers responded and around half of the overall respondents anticipated hiring or designating coordinators for overall planning and management of these funds.

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Budgeting for an Equitable Future

Local governments can have a lasting and significant impact on equity creation for all residents of their communities. The budget is one of the most powerful tools for influencing change. However, the budget, as we have always done it, limits conversations and communication. The conversion from a line-item driven budget to a program budget opens communication and decision-making pathways enabling equity opportunities at all service levels.

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The Power of Communicating Programmatically


Local government leaders are not only tasked with the responsibility of making crucial decisions that impact the citizens in the community, but they must also meet resident demands for providing insight into why those decisions were made. The foundational unit of a Priority Based Budget, the Program, captures and communicates data layers in an easy-to-communicate format.

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A 5-Tiered Plan for Prioritizing One-Time ARP Funds for Long-Term Sustainability

Premise and Problem Statement

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) infuses $350 billion into local governments, easing the immediate financial trauma facing most every community across the country, and providing options to overcome shortfalls and simultaneously rebuild for a stronger, more sustainable future.

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