September 29, 2022 – Mayor Matt Tuerk attended a White House forum on Thursday that highlights how recently-passed federal programs are helping residents across Pennsylvania and right here in Allentown.
“I cannot overemphasize how much the Biden-Harris Administration has positively impacted Allentown residents,” said Mayor Tuerk. “American Rescue Plan funding allowed us to make critical investments in our infrastructure and public safety. The new firefighter academy, once constructed, will prepare men and women for new realities, and keep them safe as they keep us safe. We’re grateful for continued commitment from the Administration and look forward to future investment into Allentown.”
Current allocation of ARPA funding from the City of Allentown includes:
- $7.2 million for replacement of filters at water distribution plant
- $6.3 million for three miles of new water mains
- $5 million for storm sewer repair
- $4.7 million for a revenue replacement for public safety costs and other projects
- $2.3 million for a Fire Fighter Academy
- $2 million for sanitary sewer relining
- $1.5 million for a backup data center for IT Infrastructure
These investments make up approximately half of Allentown’s allocations. The City is currently working on its 2023 ARPA spending plan.
The forum also addressed the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in communities like Allentown across the Commonwealth.
“We also had multiple discussions around the need to invest in community violence intervention programs rooted in mental health and neighborhood engagement that will help to reduce incidents like what happened to Treshawn Tracy, who was murdered last weekend,” said Tuerk. “Keeping the community safe is at the top of the Administration’s agenda, and I look forward to the transformative changes these initiatives and conversations will make for the residents of Allentown.”
Information provided to TVL by:
Office of the Mayor