St. Louis County Executive Presents ARPA Recommendations

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The Metropolitan Education and Training Center in Wellston, Missouri and a nonprofit health organization weighed in.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – St. Louis County has moved closer to a decision to spend $83 million of US rescue plan funding.

The federal government is giving millions to counties and cities to help their communities after COVID.

County Executive Sam Page said in a Monday briefing that the top three things people wanted to see the money allocated were health care, education and infrastructure.

St. Louis County initially received $193 million in ARPA funds.

Page also presented his office’s recommendations for certain entities to allocate $108 million of ARPA funding.

Carolyn Seward, CEO of Family and Workforce Centers of America and partner at the Metropolitan Education and Training Center in Wellston, Missouri, said the $5 million in US bailouts will do the facility a lot of good.

More than 4,000 people go through the institution’s employment and training services to prepare for the job market.

“Ensuring there are quality salaries and working with employers who can provide quality salaries to graduating program participants,” Seward said.

Seward added that the funds could benefit a future auto repair program and the expansion of diesel work.

“Make sure the skills-based programs. We have the necessary materials that we have are up to date and relevant to this job market,” Seward.

$10 million of the money was recommended for nonprofits providing childcare, improving access to food and expanding health care services.

Laura Roeseler, chief executive of the Epilepsy Foundation, said it would also benefit their mission.

“So many nonprofits rely on special events and we are not alone in this. The possibility of not having events and the lack of events during the pandemic has really had an impact on our revenue and revenue,” Roeseler said.

The foundation connects with and supports approximately 6,500 people living with the disease.

Roeseler added that COVID and its impact has made their services more in demand.

They were seeing people having seizures and just needed help dealing with it.

“Now we are addressing some of the serious issues we have in St. Louis and hope to secure the appropriate funding to ensure that those needs are met and that the organizations providing those services can continue to do what they need to. do,” says Roeseler.

  • $5 million to the MET Center in Wellston, Missouri, which offers job training and other workforce development specialties.
  • $7.5 million to support small businesses in the county. “Family businesses are the backbone of our community,” Page said.
  • $10 million to help nonprofits provide childcare, improve access to food and expand health care services.
  • $10 million in a “rainy day” fund for emergency expenses, Page said.
  • $15 million to repair and maintain roads, especially in unincorporated areas of St. Louis County.
  • $5 million for the demolition of the Jamestown Mall in Florissant, Mo., to make the area “more attractive to developers,” Page said.
  • $10 million minimum North St. Louis County Business and Labor District on the University of Missouri-St. Louis South Campus.

The St. Louis County Council is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the results of the investigation.

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