Worcester is set to receive about $200 million in federal stimulus funds; here are the public meetings that will help decide how the city uses it

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern announced in the spring that Worcester would receive about $200 million worth of funding from the American Rescue Plan.

Specifically, the city is receiving about $115 million in stimulus funding as well as $81 million for schools.

“The city will have a wide desecration in how that money will be utilized,” McGovern said in March.

Five months later the city is beginning to decide how to best use the funds from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

Ideas for the funding won’t be finalized until after the city conducts three community meetings.

The first will be held on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at Harrington Learning Center at Quinsigamond Community College. Those interested should go to room 109.

The meeting will kick off discussion surrounding community-driven projects which the funding can provide to neighborhoods and add to the quality of life for those living in the city.

The second meeting will take place on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m at the Boys & Girls Club on 65 Boys & Girls Club Way. The third and final meeting will take place at the Worcester Center Center at 128 Providence St. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

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