TRENTON, NJ  – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes recently announced that his Administration has begun planning how to their federal portion of American Rescue Plan (ARP.)  The County is slated to receive $71 million from the federal COVID-19 relief package that President Biden recently signed into law.

“The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of life, and the ambitious plan seeks economic recovery for schools, housing, healthcare, businesses, infrastructure and more,” said Hughes. “By bringing together leaders from our municipalities and communities, my vision is to ensure we are working cooperatively on how best to deploy the funds, and that they will be lawfully, efficiently and equitably allocated.”

While the county is awaiting additional information on exactly how the funds may be used, Hughes is forming his internal Mercer County Road to Recovery Committee that will later bring together key stakeholders in a public-private partnership to decide how best to use the influx of stimulus money. The public-private partnership will recommend investments, track results, pursue opportunities and look for ways to multiply those investments and prevent overlap.

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“As the vaccine becomes more plentiful, and we get more shots into the arms of our residents, I believe we will ease closer to normalcy. In tandem, as we learn more about the federal guidelines, we vow to adhere to the letter of the law while best serving the people of Mercer County," added Hughses.

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