BRING MONROE BACK
Monroe County, NY Recovery Plan
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. ARPA allocated $1.9 trillion in emergency relief and recovery, of which $350 billion is designated to support state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. Thanks to the hard work of Congressman Joseph D. Morelle, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Monroe County, New York is the recipient of $144,080,127 in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the American Rescue Plan Act.
County Executive Adam Bello launched a robust effort to collect public feedback which included in-person and virtual community forums, a Community-Wide ARPA Survey and testimony from community organizations.
There were three in-person community forums and one virtual forum where citizens were able to learn about ARPA funds and share their thoughts about how to Bring Monroe Back. Below is the video recorded from the virtual forum.
Community forum events have ended.
Video - ARPA Virtual Form - December 8, 2021
What is Bring Monroe Back?
Bring Monroe Back is Monroe County’s Recovery Agenda; a plan built from a dozen public and private reports and assessments that contain thematic and actionable recommendations. These documents rely on the research and testimony of subject matter experts and are supported directly by community feedback. Together they provide the foundation of Bring Monroe Back, a recovery strategy that seeks to build on the tremendous resources we already have in Monroe County and asks the public to work with us to identify and prioritize the most critical needs in our community.
- The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council State of the Region Finger Lakes 2021 Annual Report (2021)
- The Commission on Racial and Structural Equity Report (2021)
- Lifespan’s Poverty in Later Life Report (2021)
- Monroe County’s Adopted 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program (2021)
- Monroe County Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder 90-Day Task Force Priorities and Action Plan (2021)
- Common Ground Health’s The Color of Health: The Devastating Toll of Racism on Black Lives (2021)
- ROC 2025’s A Foundation for Growth: Building, Innovating, Accelerating, Creat- ing Greater (2021)
- Monroe County’s Executive Team Transition Report (2020)
- Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Community Concerns Assessment (2020)
- ROC the Future Equity and Education: The Next Horizon Report Card (2020)
- Monroe County Community Health Needs Assessment 2019-2021 (2019)
- Rochester, USA, IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Report (2015)
From these reports Monroe County has identified six (6) Key Focus Areas for community investment:
A. Public Safety
B. Public Health and Wellness
C. Economic Recovery
D. Workforce Development
E. Infrastructure Improvements
These broad categories are broken down to include more targeted programs and services.
Public Safety (i.e. violence and homicide prevention; investments in IT and emergency communications upgrades for 911, criminal; juvenile and parole just reform and diversion; investments in youth programs and jobs; alternatives to policing; and restorative justice conflict resolution practices.)
Public Health and Wellness (i.e. supporting human services; housing, rental and homeless services; mental, physical, and behavioral health supports; addiction and substance abuse support; food security; COVID-19 support.)
Economic Recovery (i.e. support for small business and entrepreneurs with special focus on Minority-Owned Businesses; investments in arts, culture, and tourism; industrial development concentrated on agricultural, an expansion of Downtown and the Tech Sector; recruitment and retention of Monroe County businesses.)
Workforce Development (i.e. job training, retraining, and recruitment; supports that remove barriers for workers, with focus on the digital divide, childcare, language access and transportation; creating scholarships, internships, and professional mentorships; finding ways to better serve Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), Minority/Women Owned-Business Enterprises (MWBE), Veteran and Remote workers.)
Infrastructure Improvements (i.e. water and sewer improvements; investments in high-speed internet/broadband; County infrastructure improvements at the airport, children’s detention center, Frontier Field, MCC, Monroe County Hospital, Seneca Park Zoo, etc.)
Sustainability (i.e. investments in renewable energies like solar; clean water; improve alternate transportation options such as bike and pedestrian infrastructure; urban green space.)
Monroe County will issue Annual ARPA Reports, and make them available to the public.
- Learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act
- Learn how the Rochester City School District is investing its ARPA funds
- Learn how the City of Rochester is planning to invest its ARPA funds