Roanoke Star City Strong: Response, Recovery, and Resiliency
From the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Roanoke remains committed and focused on implementing these transformative investments across the community.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has demonstrated why we are a seven-time All-America City and Hall of Fame Inductee. Compassion, innovation, determination, patience, and response are just a few words to describe how our community has shown up and stood strong during this unprecedented global health crisis.
Now it's time to focus on our recovery and resiliency through people and places in implementing the ARPA funding.
Final Consensus Plan for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding:
On September 20, 2021, City Council approved the Star City Strong Recovery and Resiliency Panel’s recommendations. City staff has begun the implementation of the initiatives and projects approved.
“It is the genuine belief of the Advisory Panel that timely and effective implementation of the identified priority recommendations will have immediate and long-lasting benefit to our residents, households, institutions, businesses and neighborhoods, enabling us as a community to rapidly regain the momentum we had prior to the arrival of COVID-19 but to do so in a more equitable and just manner.”
Ensure no one in our community lacks the essentials of shelter, food, and personal safety. Provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic and social life.
-COVID-19 Mitigation and Vaccination
-Gun Violence Intervention
-Accessible and Affordable Technology
-Inclusive Economic Development
-Substance Use Disorder, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
-Disparities – Health Outcomes, Economic Opportunity, Education Attainment, etc.
Recovery Investments: no more than $2.5 million | Resiliency Investments: no less than $10 million
Support stabilization and continued vitality of neighborhoods, nurturing “complete neighborhoods” and “neighborhood centers” along with Downtown and the City’s Business Districts and the small businesses located within.
-Affordable and safe housing
-Parks, OpenSpace and Recreation
-Regional Outdoor Amenities
-Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Recovery Investments: no more than $1.5 million | Resiliency Investments: no less than $1.5 million
Support the continuity of government operations and the safety of municipal workers and the general public. Help equip the next generation of leaders and enhance the capacity of those already serving in such roles. Enhance awareness of and access to COVID-recovery assistance to individuals, households, businesses and organizations and neighborhoods.
-Lost Tax/Fee Revenue
-Facility Upgrades and PPE
-Leadership Development/Capacity Building
-Rebuild and Strengthen Trust
Recovery and Resiliency Investments: $7 million
The City Council approved the Star City Strong Recovery & Resiliency Advisory Panel recommendations regarding the funds received by the Federal CARES Act.
These recommendations through the principles of compassion, respect and dignity, collaborative partnerships, trustworthiness, and equity, led to the City's investment of more than $16 million in:
- State of Emergency
- Closure of Municipal Facilities
- Public Health Actions
- Financial/Technical Assistance
- Municipal Expenditure Controls
- Emergency-Related Policies
- CARES Act/ Star City Strong Recovery Fund
- Reopening of Municipal Building
- Star City Strong Recovery Fund
- Vaccination Support
- American Rescue Act / Star City Strong Phase II
- Regain Strategic Focus
- American Rescue Act / Star City Strong Phase II & Phase III
- U.S. Department of Treasury
- Governor Ralph S. Northam Administration Website
- Roanoke Star City Strong Framework
- Roanoke Star City Strong Presentation
- Roanoke Star City Strong Framework in Spanish
- Carilion Clinic
- Roanoke City Public Schools
- Downtown Roanoke Incorporated
- Small Business Development Center