ARPA Task Force
ARPA Task Force: The Town of Shelburne is forming a temporary committee to guide the town on allocating over $2M in federal funds and is inviting community members to apply to be part of that work.
Background: The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocated $350 billion to state and local governments across the nation to aid with COVID-related impacts. Shelburne was allocated $2.1 million of this, with a broad mandate to invest it across several areas: To support families, businesses and non-profits from COVID-related impacts; Maintain vital public services; Making investments to support long-term growth and opportunity. In short – there are relatively few restrictions on how our town can invest these funds. The Selectboard is looking for interested townspeople to join a seven-person committee to solicit broad public input on town priorities and investments and make summary recommendations to the Board on investment priorities. The Board is hoping for broad participation and input and encourages all interested to apply. It is anticipated that public surveys and meetings will provide additional opportunities for input as well.
Who: The Shelburne Selectboard is looking to create a seven-member task force, representing diverse perspectives, identities, roles and experiences to guide the Board in determining how to spend the Town’s ARPA funds.
What: The Search Committee will do the following:
● Meet regularly, and in compliance with open meeting laws, to make recommendations around allocating our ARPA funds.
● Report regularly to the Selectboard on progress and ideas.
● Meet with and take input from town boards, department heads, and affinity groups to hear what issues they think could be solved with this funding.
● Compile a scoring rubric and methodology for gauging suggestions received.
● Using the scoring rubric, prepare recommendations around findings, and present those findings to the Board and Shelburne residents.
Why: The Town of Shelburne needs to determine how to use our ARPA funding by December 31st, 2024, and those funds have to be allocated by December 31st, 2026.
When: If you are interested, please apply online here, or print out this form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the Town Offices at the following address:
Attn: ARPA Task Force Application, PO Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482.
Time commitment: You should expect to spend 5-10 hours per month for 6 months on this work. The task force will work to determine their own meeting schedule.
APPLICATION DUE BY: Friday, September 2nd, 2022. Apply by clicking link above right.