by Trisha Ingalls
NEWPORT — The meeting room in the Emory Hebard State Office Building here was jam packed on November 17, with a crowd of state employees, local town administrators, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders. The local participants from Orleans and Essex counties were there to hear from state leaders about American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money available to them for projects.
ARPA was passed by Congress in 2021 as a way to fix problems caused by the COVID pandemic and help communities deal with similar events in the future. Vermont received a total of around $1.25-billion in ARPA money. Around $250-million of that was directed to towns.
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