Thursday - June 24, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association will hold a “lunch and learn” webinar on June 24 covering the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which is beginning to distribute federal pandemic relief funding to states and communities across the country.

During a presentation titled “ARPA: Infrastructure, Timelines and Everything Else Councillors Need to Know,” MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith will provide an overview of the American Rescue Plan, including the qualifying programs and purposes, what they mean for residents, students, and small businesses, and the distribution of funds to non-entitlement communities.

Beckwith will also discuss the role councillors can play in communicating with their constituents and working with state legislators as well as the state’s congressional delegation as the ARPA rollout continues.

Barnstable Public Works Director Dan Santos will discuss the use of ARPA funds for a water or sewer project. In late 2020, Barnstable adopted a Comprehensive Wastewater Treatment Plan. Santos will discuss Barnstable’s approach and offer strategies for councillors to take back to their communities as they consider similar projects.

All city and town councillors are invited to this free Zoom webinar, which will run from noon to 1 p.m., and may register online.

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker,
Massachusetts Municipal Councillors' Association