Yesterday Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that the County Legislature passed The Renew Plan for the county will allow for $123 million dollars of the American Rescue Plan to be spent on new projects and job creation in the county.

WHAT IS THE RENEW PLAN?

The Renew Plan or "The Reinvest In Erie's Neighborhoods and Employ Our Workforce" plan was a proposal from the County Executive to use over 89 million dollars in Federal aid and over 34 million dollars from the county surplus for a wide array of capital improvements and job creation.

WHAT ARE THE IMPROVEMENTS?

Some of the major improvements will come within the county parks system as well as improvements to several buildings on the Erie Community College campuses. Also, work will be done to the county's water system to improve the quality of the water and sewer systems.

WHAT JOBS WILL BE CREATED?

The Renew Plan calls for the restoration of jobs that were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the plan calls for the creation of an Office of Health Equity in the Department of Health along with other jobs that will be needed to implement the projects within the parks, water, and sewer systems.

HOW DID THE PLAN PASS?

The Erie County Legislature passed "The Renew Plan" by a vote of 7-4 on Thursday night. A total of 123.7 million dollars was approved for the plan.

WHEN WILL THE PROJECTS BEGIN?

Now that The Renew Plan has been passed and funding has been approved, the projects are set to begin later this year or in early 2022.

You can read Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's statement below.


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