Minneapolis awarded more than $60 million in Recovery Act’s first year
Since the passage of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act in February 2009, the City of Minneapolis has been awarded more than $60 million in funding to create and retain jobs, strengthen our infrastructure, and improve our economy. The Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole heard an update on the City's Recovery Act work at its Feb. 25 meeting.
The City's Recovery website, www.MinneapolisRecovery.us , provides detailed information on projects and initiatives funded in Minneapolis by the Recovery Act. The site categorizes the City's Recovery efforts and shows Recovery dollars the City has applied for, and the amounts it has received in each category. Minneapolis’ $60.3 million in Recovery grants fall into the following categories:
- Energy and Environment: $6,573,902
- Heath and Human Services: $100,000
- Housing and Urban Development: $28,285,105
- Jobs & Employment: $7,204,093
- Public Safety: $8,129,328
- Transportation: $10,000,000
These totals do not include tens of millions of dollars received by other entities that do work in Minneapolis, including the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Hennepin County, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis School Board.
Recovery dollars are funding a wide variety of projects and initiatives in Minneapolis. Some projects are already underway, and others will move forward in the coming months, including the $10 million rehabilitation of the Camden Bridge connecting north and northeast Minneapolis. Other funds are being used for job skills training, stabilizing neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis, and growing green energy jobs in the city. Recovery dollars have also been used to fund police officer positions, increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses, and to support building projects throughout the city.
All the projects funded by Recovery dollars are listed on the City's Recovery website. The site shows the amount Recovery funding the City has received, how it’s being spent, and how many jobs are being created. Each funded project has its own Web page, and many projects are mapped out on an interactive map, showing where Recovery dollars are being put to use. The site also includes economic recovery resources for residents and businesses.
When the Recovery Act was passed, Minneapolis leaders developed the Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy, which is designed to maximize the impact of federal economic recovery investments in our community. The plan helps ensure that those investments translate into a more competitive future for the people of Minneapolis and the entire region. Minneapolis has applied for and received federal Recovery funding for a variety of critical projects and initiatives – from public safety and infrastructure to technology and building a green economy, all with a focus on creating and retaining jobs.
Using Minneapolis’ long-range plans as a cornerstone, City elected officials and department leaders identified seven strategies to focus on when applying for and using Recovery funding:
- Protect public safety gains
- Retain and create jobs, and prepare workers for the 21st century economy
- Modernize infrastructure
- Leverage Minneapolis’ wireless and technology infrastructure
- Support people and communities most impacted by the economic downturn
- Expand our green economy and build a greener Minneapolis
- Promote regional competiveness and efficiencies
Published Feb. 25, 2010