Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs on American Rescue Plan Act Listening Tour
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs hosted one of its statewide listening tours on Wednesday night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Morgantown.
The listening tour kicked off in August to hear what communities need and how the state’s American Rescue Plan Act allowance can help. Minority Affairs officials will continue to perform the listening tour throughout the Mountain State until December 2022.
The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs will be making stops in all 55 counties. Much of the discussion at the meeting focused on the infrastructure and expansion of broadband with connectivity.
“So what we do with state funding we will allocate to the counties. The legislature will have the final say, but the governor will make a request based on this tour to find out the needs in each county, ”said Jill Upson, executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs. “I think in the six counties that I’ve been to so far, because I had a morning meeting here in Monongalia County with some of the elected leaders, what we’re seeing is that there are a lot of issues. longstanding have been exacerbated by the pandemic. ”
Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act to boost the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state was allocated $ 1.6 billion in the American Rescue Plan Act.
“It’s really heartbreaking to see that there are so many needs, not just in families, but in the communities themselves. And so, I hear a lot about infrastructure issues, I hear a lot about rust issues, buildings that are a danger to the community and that need to be demolished. So I think this tour is really informative because there is a lot of suffering there, ”Upson said.
Topics for discussion include:
- Pandemic challenges
- Target the greatest needs
- Make an impact
- Pool resources
At each stop, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs team will meet with local community leaders, followed by a public forum where all community members are invited to receive information and share their ideas.
Next stop will be at the Falcon Center at Fairmont State University, in the third floor conference rooms, on Thursday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m.