Erie Mayor Joe Chamberlain’s administration is using millions of dollars to help local businesses, reduce pathogens, clean up the environment, support local artists, and compensate city restaurants for Covide-19-related losses.
Schember made the remarks at a weekly news conference at Eri City Hall on Thursday. Erie City Council wants to sign the plan at its regular meeting on Wednesday, which will allocate about $ 17 million to the ARP Fund.
During a study meeting at the municipality on Tuesday evening, city council and shrimp administration officials discussed the questions, which Shimber called “transformation.”
“We hope you approve it on Wednesday,” Schember said. “These projects are very important because the main purpose of ARP funding is to help the most vulnerable people in CVD.
It includes $ 500,000 for a new program that will provide up to $ 5,000 for restaurants and entertainment businesses that have lost revenue due to the city’s epidemic.
Chris Gronner is vice president of Capital Finance and Loan for the Eri County Redevelopment Authority, but still does some economic development work for the Chamber administration, including city loan fund management.
“Restaurants play an important role in our community’s makeup, our community’s fabric,” Gronner said in support of the restaurant. We want to help them.
Marcy Honard, owner of the Kalamari Squid Row since 1996, has praised the Chamber of Commerce’s plans to help restaurants and other businesses at 1317 State St. Bar and Restaurant.
“Everybody’s going to help out a little bit, especially if you don’t have to pay back,” he said. We can find it. I felt that it was my part-time job.
Erie’s overall ARP allocation is $ 76 million from the $ 1.9 trillion federal stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden this year to help recover from the Covd-19 epidemic.
Chamberlain’s idea includes the following:
- To provide low-interest loans and grants for $ 5 million to rehabilitate former industrial areas, including sanitation.
- $ 2.15 million to invest in community services in underserved neighborhoods.
- $ 2 million for a large-scale housing development program. The projects must include five or more housing units.
- $ 2 million to support debt restructuring of small businesses affected by the epidemic.
- $ 1 million for small business loan program to support minorities and women businesses.
- $ 1 million for Cultural, Art Festivals and Erie Events, or CAFE, a nonprofit fundraiser for CelebrateErie. The money will be used to support local artists, musicians and entertainers. Bringing programs to various urban parks in low-income areas; And to promote diversity and inclusion for CelebrateErie.
- To provide $ 1 million in low-interest loans and grants for major redevelopment projects aimed at improving Erie’s capital city center.
- A $ 1 million fund to support small businesses to provide additional capital for two urban support programs; And Commodore Fund, a business development assistance program.
- $ 1 million for technical assistance to small businesses.
- $ 300,000 for ARP-related administrative expenses in the city.
- $ 100,000 to support the entrepreneur’s KIVA program, a public-funded microfinance program that helps minorities, immigrants and women-owned businesses who may have difficulty accessing traditional financing from creditors.
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The City Council has already used an additional $ 3 million in ARP funds for the destruction of two high-profile damaged properties – the former Erie Mallet steel property on West 12th and Cherry Streets; Plan to renovate Savocio Park near Street and Downing Avenue.
According to the US Census Bureau, Savocio Park is located in one of the poorest areas of the city.
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City Council spokeswoman Liz Allen said she supported Chamberlain’s proposal.
“There are a lot of packages out there but we have to take the opportunity to invest in economic development with ARP funding,” Allen said.
“The U.S. rescue plan is designed to help people who are severely affected by CVD-19, but we know that in order to meet those needs in the long run, we need to support affordable housing, support small businesses and help entrepreneurs,” Allen said.
City officials are considering various uses for the ARP fund.
Among them are water, sewerage and broadband projects; Housing and financial support; Broadband improvement; Assistance for small businesses; To cover local government revenue losses related to the epidemic; Park / green space improvement and public safety.
The City Council will convene on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on the city’s YouTube page.
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