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In March, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law, allocating $1.9 trillion dollars to help America recover and build back from the COVID-19 pandemic. North Carolina received nearly $18 billion for local governments, fiscal recovery, broadband expansion, small business support, and more.
 
We invite you to join us for an exclusive* Rural Counts webinar series exploring how ARPA impacts our state and contributes to furthering rural initiatives and the NC Rural Center’s 2021 Advocacy Priorities and North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan.
 
*This series is offered for Rural Counts, the Small Business Coalition, and Leadership Alumni members only. Not a member? Sign up to be a Rural Counts Advocate or join the Small Business Coalition to be eligible. There is no cost to participate in these membership groups.
 
 
Part 1: A Local Community Focus
Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 2 – 3 p.m.
 
This session will focus on how local communities can optimize ARPA funds with a focus on the Rural Counts priority areas of rural health, broadband, water/wastewater, housing, and small business. Speaker Dan Gerlach, an experienced leader in the government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and education sectors, will discuss the importance of the allocation of these funds. Q&A to follow.
 
Registration is free, supported in part by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and our other generous supporters. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021. A Zoom link will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the webinar.
 
 
Part 2: A Legislative Session Recap
Date: TBD
 
This session will highlight the use of ARPA funding in the state budget and include a legislative recap with a focus on the Rural Counts policy priorities. We will also feature a live Q&A with state legislators and Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, Brandy Bynum Dawson, to answer your questions.
 
Stay tuned for registration information when the legislative session comes to a close.