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Nevada leaders release COVID recovery strategy for American Rescue Plan funds

Nevada to receive $2.9B
Posted at 9:25 AM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 12:28:05-04

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the Every Nevadan Recovery Framework, a state-specific framework for the expenditure of the $2.9 billion Nevada will directly receive from the American Rescue Plan to help address the effects of COVID-19.

“Our state’s ability to recover from this pandemic and build a stronger Nevada will be dependent upon the recovery of our residents first. We will focus our efforts on a comprehensive approach that puts individuals and families right at the center,” said Sisolak. “The Every Nevadan Recovery Framework will help prioritize the expenditure of funds for Nevadans – resulting in a successful recovery and a stronger Nevada for future generations.”

Sisolak, along with Treasurer Zach Conine, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson developed the framework to initiate a strategic planning process for the expenditure of ARP discretionary funds allocated directly to the state of Nevada, according to the governor's office.

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The priorities and guiding principles, along with the stakeholder engagement process outlined in the framework, will serve as a foundation to ensure this federal funding is used in a strategic manner focused on a strong recovery for Nevada families and our economy.

“Thanks to the hard work of President Biden and our congressional delegation, we are about to receive an unprecedented investment into the state of Nevada," Conine said. “Now more than ever, we must work collaboratively and intentionally across the State to rebuild our communities and revitalize our economy to create the State that Nevadans deserve.”

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“I am proud to have worked with Governor Sisolak and Majority Leader Cannizzaro to help develop a framework for how to prioritize sorely needed federal aid. Nevada was hit hardest by the pandemic and economic downturn,” Frierson said. “With a thoughtful and critical approach to implementing the “Every Nevadan Recovery Framework,” Nevada will benefit more than any other state in recovery.”

"The American Rescue Plan is providing Nevada with critical resources to get the pandemic under control, provide relief for working families, and kickstart Nevada’s economic recovery. Together with Governor Sisolak and our Assembly colleagues, we're excited to announce today's framework outlining how we are going to put this aid to work for Nevada families," Cannizzaro said. “We look forward to engaging communities across the state to gather their input in what we believe will be a transformative moment for Nevada."

As guidance about the funds is made available, the governor's office says ideas will be optimized under the following prioritization bands, while also taking into account immediate necessary spending:

  • Nevadan's health and safety
  • Strengthening resources for community support and educational access
  • Building a strong economy, and
  • Improving the quality of life for all Nevadans.

These efforts will be organized into seven prioritized categories of strategic enhancement, allowing subject matter experts and stakeholders to engage and ideas to be compared more effectively.

The Every Nevadan Recovery Framework can be found online here