Over the next two years, the City of Pittsfield will receive about $32.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Broadly speaking, the money is meant to address the economic impact of COVID-19 on individuals, families, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses, and whole cities like Pittsfield.

We have an opportunity right now to weigh in on how this ARPA money will be spent in the city, and it’s vital to make sure it goes to the things we know our neighborhoods need, from public facilities, to programs, to financial grants.

There are 2 ways for Pittsfield residents to speak out.

ARPA Community Survey.

The survey, which is available in English and Spanish, details how ARPA funds can be used and allows users to rank their preferences and priorities.

Survey links are: English: https://arcg.is/0jjKvK Spanish: https://arcg.is/bO89z

Deadline for submission of a survey is 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 1.

4 Community Forums

Monday August 16th

Topic: Public Health and Human Services: 6 p.m. cafeteria, Conte Community School, 200 West Union St.

Wednesday August 18th

Topic: Economic Recovery: 1 p.m. Berkshire Innovation Center, 45 Woodlawn Ave.

Monday August 23rd

Topic: Housing and Neighborhoods: 6 p.m. cafeteria, Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.

Wednesday August 25th

Topic: Cultural Organizations: 11 a.m. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renee Ave.

For more information, please visit cityofpittsfield.org.