PUEBLO—Pueblo City Council continued with additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocations with the approval of funding for four different organizations. The amount approved by Pueblo City Council totaled $241,126.
Licensed Dental Hygiene Care applied for ARPA funding for $114,126 which provides dental care to low-income clients. This award will assist with increased job opportunities, employee retention and the purchase of a pantographic x-ray machine.
Ybarra’s Boxing Club received ARPA funding in total of $17,000 for the purchase of a new Olympic sized boxing ring. Ybarra’s Boxing Club offers a safe space for youth to go after school and the purchase of the new boxing ring allows youth to train for future competitions.
The Juneteenth Organization received $10,000 for student scholarship awards. Pueblo’s Juneteenth celebration is the oldest in the state of Colorado and the organization partners with Colorado State University Pueblo, Pueblo Community College, Colorado Tech University Pueblo and other colleges and universities in the state to make a college education more affordable.
Co-Create received $100,000 to develop a private/public sector investment strategy and action plan for delivery of broadband services to qualified census tracts in Pueblo. The broadband infrastructure is to assist low-income neighborhoods with utilizing broadband access. Co-Create will provide additional follow up with a presentation to Pueblo City Council and Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar with projects or agreements with current or new internet providers to further serve the community.
The City of Pueblo currently awaits the second tranche allocation of ARPA dollars with an additional $18 million anticipated in the award. This second round award brings the total ARPA funds allocated to the City of Pueblo to $36.7 million. The City of Pueblo designated seven pillars of focus for ARPA which include individuals and households, tourism and hospitality, youth, non-profits, small businesses, infrastructure and community resilience.