Regional Meetings for ARPA Local Government Funding

On March 11, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 establishing the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, $150 billion of which is earmarked for distribution to local and tribal governments. Generally, allowable uses of the fund include (but are not limited to):
  • Responding to or mitigating the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Providing government services to the extent of a reduction in revenue;
  • Making necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure;
  • Responding to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers.
This is a unique opportunity to make critical investments to reshape Michigan communities. Tribal governments too will have new opportunities to invest in infrastructure, facilities, and services with dedicated ARPA recovery funds. Regional impacts of stimulus spending will vary by region, but those governments that spend to build capacity and infrastructure to leverage other public and private investment, while considering the region, will likely see the greatest return on investment.

Member regions of the Michigan Association of Regions will host Michigan State University (MSU) Extension faculty and local and tribal government officials to explore Local Fiscal Recovery Fund spending opportunities in a regional context. Join other local leaders to learn about:
  • ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Basic Rules
  • Best Practices for Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Spending
  • Practical Considerations for Contracts, Accounting, and Project Management
  • Group Discussions Related to Regional Collaboration
  • Leveraging Other State and Federal Funding and Priorities
The workshops are intended for regional planning and development board members, other local elected and appointed officials, tribal government officials, economic development practitioners, and other public and non-profit community development organization staff.

Program Details:
All workshops run 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (registration opens at 9 a.m. for in-person programs). Format varies by region from virtual (exclusive Zoom), hybrid (choice of in-person or Zoom attendance), or in-person:
Region Date Format/Location
Networks Northwest Thursday, September 23  In-Person:
Michigan Works! 1209 S. Garfield Ave., Suite C, Traverse City, MI 49686
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC)  Wednesday, September 29  Virtual
Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUPRPDC) Tuesday, October 5  Hybrid:
SmartZone, 2345 Meridian St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Central Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) Wednesday, October 6
(Eastern time)
Northern Center - Founder's Room, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855
Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Regional Commission (WUPPDR) Thursday, October 7
(Eastern time)
WUPPDR Conference Room, 400 Quincy St., 8th floor, Hancock, MI 49930
West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC)  Tuesday, October 12  Virtual
Region II Planning Commission (R2PC)  Wednesday, October 13  Virtual
Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG)  Wednesday, October 14  Virtual
Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC)  Tuesday, October 19  Hybrid:
Catalyst Center at The Warner Building, 180 E. Water St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC)  Wednesday, October 20  Virtual
GLS Region V Planning & Development Committee (GLSRPDC) Thursday, October 21  Hybrid:
Genesee County Administration Building - Harris Auditorium (3rd floor), 1101 Beach St., Flint, MI 48502
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC)  Friday, October 22  Hybrid:
Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064
East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG)  Wednesday, October 27  Hybrid:
Michigan Works! 110 Buckeye St., Gladwin, MI 48624
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) Thursday, October 28 Virtual

Master Citizen Planners (MCP) attending the workshops will earn 3 continuing education hours.

Cost:  There is no cost to attend the workshops

  • Eric Scorsone, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy
  • Arnold Weinfeld, Director for Workforce and Economic Development Partnerships, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship; Associate Director - Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, College of Social Science
  • MSU Extension - Government & Community Vitality educators
  • Regional staff
East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG) - Oct. 27, 2021

Registration for Regional Meetings for ARPA Local Government Funding is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 25, 2021.

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) - Oct. 28, 2021

Registration for Regional Meetings for ARPA Local Government Funding is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 26, 2021.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, or with any questions, contact Mary Schulz at: or 517-355-2160. Or, feel free to contact staff of your planning and development region.