Mayor, Council Hosting COVID Funding Discussions

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:35 a.m.

Mayor Nadine Woodward and the City Council will host a series of drop-in-style open houses to discuss ideas to use the latest round of federal American Rescue Plan Act relief funding to speed the community’s pandemic recovery.

Open houses will be held on October 26 at North Central High School, October 27 at Rogers High School, and October 28 at Ferris High School. Each will be conducted as drop-in events from 5 to 7 pm in the cafeteria/multipurpose areas of the schools to make it convenient for participants to attend when they can.

“Input from our neighborhoods is extremely important so we are taking the conversation to them,” Woodward said. “This is another opportunity for us to engage with the community on how we can use the federal funding most meaningfully for Spokane.”

“These will be a continuation of the conversation we started virtually,” Beggs said. “We have received great feedback and look forward to further discussion and ideas.”

Participants will begin with a short video orientation before moving to a series of tables to discuss ideas and topics in greater details. Discussions will be facilitated by City staff who will answer questions and record ideas. Woodward, Beggs, and other councilmembers are anticipated to be at the events.

Open houses are scheduled as drop-in style so participants can arrive at any time during the two-hour sessions and engage for as long as they have time.

A virtual ThoughtExchange engagement launched this summer is still active on the City’s website. A virtual forum held last month drew dozens of comments.