The American Rescue Plan (ARP), a stimulus of funds into new and existing federal programs, state and local governments, businesses, and households, sought to boost recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Workforce boards across the country are currently positioned to leverage nearly $2 trillion in American Rescue Plan funds to bolster economic recovery.
On October 6, the Partnership’s Capital CoLAB convened state and local workforce development leaders from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia to discuss how communities across the Capital Region are leveraging American Rescue Plan (ARP) stimulus funds in their jurisdictions. Moderated by CoLAB’s Robert Owens, Director of Workforce Initiatives, the event kicked off with Brittany Dougherty from Thomas P. Miller & Associates giving an introduction of the ARP funds and an overview of her organization’s American Rescue Plan Blueprint. Steve Voytek from the National Association of Workforce Boards followed with a national perspective on how workforce boards around the country are using the ARP funds.
Following the introduction to ARP and the national perspective, local workforce board leaders shared practices on how to use the American Rescue Plan funds.
Robert noted, “Workforce boards play a critical role in pandemic recovery. At GWP we are committed to building a better and stronger workforce in the Capital Region. Roundtable discussions like this ensure we get the best possible results from the stimulus dollars and achieve better outcomes for the job seekers we collectively serve.”
Schools across America have been under an unprecedented strain in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The American Rescue Plan will provide about $40 billion to postsecondary institutions to serve learners impacted by the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan will also provide $122 billion in relief for K-12 schools. This event will discuss best practices for secondary and postsecondary institutions to leverage funds to support learners. The audience will also hear what education institutions in the Capital Region have planned for the funds this upcoming school year.
The second webinar in the American Rescue Plan Series on October 26 at 11 AM EST, will highlight how high schools and colleges in the Capital Region are taking advantage of the ARP funds.