Communications Director, Office of Recovery & Resilience
Community Event to Provide Feedback on Federal Recovery Funds for Residents of County Council District Two, Including Everett, Mukilteo, and Tulalip
Snohomish County, Wash., June 14, 2022 – The fourth Office of Recovery & Resilience (ORR) in-person pandemic recovery community event is taking place tomorrow, June 15, at the Snohomish County Campus in Everett, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. At this event, Snohomish County Council District Two communities – including residents and business owners in Everett, Mukilteo, and Tulalip – will be able to help shape uses of the county’s $160 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation.
The following are the top six ARPA-eligible pandemic recovery issues for District Two; these issues were identified through ORR’s conversations with community partners and local elected officials in the district:
Event attendees will vote on their top three pandemic recovery priorities from within these identified issues. At 6:45 p.m., attendees can participate in a facilitated deep-dive discussion on the top three voted issues to identify recovery barriers and solutions.
In addition, the event will include resource tables where attendees can connect directly with Snohomish County and community-based services and resources. Participating organizations include the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Planning and Development Services, Volunteers of America Western Washington, and ChildCare Aware. Participants will also get free dinner and dessert from Ryan’s REZ-ipes and Bliss Small Batch Creamery. Mari’s Place for the Arts will provide on-site arts activities for kids ages seven to 12. In addition, Latino Education and Training Institute (LETI) will provide on-site Spanish interpretation and discussion.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Snohomish County communities have come together to do what’s best for all of us: We’ve gotten vaccinated, tested, and rallied around our front-line workers and small businesses. Our collective recovery should be no different – we have to do it together,” said Executive Somers. “That’s why the county and partners are embarking on this extensive outreach and engagement effort. We want to hear directly from our residents and businesses on what recovery means to them. Our goal is to ensure we make smart and sustainable investments that are responsive to community needs, with a focus on people most impacted by the pandemic.”
“Hearing directly from people in our community about ways that the pandemic has impacted them, and then centering their stories and perspectives into our county’s recovery will put the county’s best foot forward as we recover from a tumultuous past two years,” said Councilmember Megan Dunn, Chair of the County Council (District 2). “The County has one chance to spend our ARPA dollars and I’m proud of the work being done to allocate funding as equitably as possible.”
“These funds will be a game changer for our region, I want to thank the county for facilitating this important discussion for our collective future” said Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. “I am thankful we are working together to ensure we meet the needs of our workers, families and small businesses in our community as we recover from this pandemic.”
Details for the District Two Recovery Roadshow event are as follows:
Residents can find more information on the District Two event here. District Two residents who are unable to attend the June 15 event can email their recovery priorities to ORR directly at SnohomishCounty.Recovers@snoco.org.