Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners have methodically allocated millions of dollars in federal, state, and local assistance to small businesses, municipal governments, fire departments, and nonprofits within the county to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and assist those who were negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocated a total of $105.3 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Westmoreland County. In May 2021, Westmoreland County received the first half of these funds in the amount of $52.6 million with the second half anticipated to be received approximately one year after the first installment. On October 28, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners held two public hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment on potential uses of these funds.
Until the U.S. Treasury’s Final Rule has been released, the Board of Commissioners are taking spending recommendations that comply with the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule under consideration, but recognize that this preliminary plan will be reevaluated and redistributed once the Final Rule is issued. Therefore, the information contained in this preliminary Recovery Plan Performance Report is under consideration but does not represent a commitment.
To further public input, the county issued a public survey. Survey participants were asked "What are your top three (3) priority areas that are most important to you?" in the categories of public health, negative economic impact, services to disproportionately impacted communities, and infrastructure. Survey results can be viewed in the link below:
The Board of Commissioners of Westmoreland County would like to thank everyone who completed the County's American Recovery Plan Survey. Members of the public, who still wish to participate, may complete the survey.