New grant programs can help Milwaukee build long-term economic sustainability
Statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson August 24, 2021
Today Governor Evers announced $250 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding would be utilized to create new grant programs to help support communities across the state. I applaud the Governor for his continued action to uplift Wisconsin as we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic.
$200 million is being used to create a Neighborhood Investment Fund grant program to help communities deliver innovative public services. I would encourage the administration to apply for these funds as they represent another significant opportunity for Milwaukee to build long-term economic stability.
But the possibilities don’t stop there. I would also suggest that we use these potential funds to leverage other dollars to create more affordable housing in Milwaukee, and even investigate more imaginative ways in which we can build out public spaces across the city. I believe there is a pathway to creating smaller, Deer District type spaces, in partnership with our Business Improvement Districts across the city. Not only would this provide more gathering spaces, but it would also promote economic activity and job growth as well.
I’m excited about the number of possibilities that are before us, and I look forward to collaborating on these potential community-enhancing projects.
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