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City of Akron Provides Update on American Rescue Plan Act Spending


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 12-07-2022

Akron, Ohio, December 7, 2022 — This week, members of Mayor Horrigan’s Cabinet presented an update to Akron City Council on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending for the City of Akron. The full $145M awarded to the City of Akron has been allocated towards a variety of projects and $12.6M has already been spent.  The City's ARPA allocation has been fully committed across the following 9 program areas: Parks & Public Spaces, Housing, Violence Prevention, Budget Stabilization, Public Utilities, Access to Healthcare & Social Services, Small Business Growth, Premium Pay, and Administrative Expenses.

"This funding represents a significant investment back into our community focusing on areas of key concerns for our residents, including public safety, recreational and green spaces, local businesses, housing, and more," said Mayor Horrigan. "We've been able to focus on areas and residents who have been the most underserved in our community and really target these investments through the lens of equity. We are already seeing a positive impact from these dollars, and I look forward to seeing all the benefits as we are able to ramp up our spending into these key areas.”

To view the presentation slide-deck click here. You can also view a spending dashboard at

Breakdown of funding allocation:

Parks & Public Places - $48.3M

  • Joy Park Playground
  • Perkins Pool & Bathhouse Renovation
  • Ed Davis Community Center Renovations
  • Lock 3 Vision Plan
  • Summit Lake Vision Plan
  • Community Center HVAC Upgrades

Housing - $25.7M

  • Home Repair Program
  • Affordable Housing Acquisition and Rehab Grant Program
  • Akron Community Development Corporation Grant Program
  • I Promise Affordable Housing Project

Budget Stabilization - $24

Public Utilities - $15.6M

  • Akron Cares-Utility Assistance
  • Lead Service Renewal and Disconnect Program 2022-2023
  • University of Akron 30” Water Main Rehabilitation
  • Water Main Replacement Project 2023        

Violence Prevention - $10.5M

  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Community Grant Program
  • South Akron Campus Surveillance Cameras
  • Neighborhood Doorbell Cameras
  • Flock Cameras

Premium Pay - $10M

Administrative Expenses - $5.4M

  • Guidehouse Consulting Services
  • Market Me 24/7
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • City of Akron Website

Small Business Growth - $3M

  • Hospitality Reopening Grant Program
  • Minority Business Technical Assistance Grant Program
  • Small Business Relief Grant
  • THRIVE Mentorship Program

Access to Healthcare & Social Services - $2.6M

  • AxessPointe Community Health Center
  • Financial Coaches-Financial Empowerment Center

You can watch the full presentation to City Council here.

For further information, contact:
Stephanie Marsh
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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