ST. LOUIS – The city is going to be one of the Stimulus Command Centers to implement President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan to help the nation rebuild after the devastating impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Lyda Krewson attributed the decision to the success of the city’s handling of the pandemic and its “effective and meaningful” use of the previous federal pandemic relief funds.
“I am so honored that the City of St. Louis is being recognized in this way on the national stage,” Krewson said in a statement Friday. She said the new federal investment would be “transformative,” driving a local recovery that offers good jobs, is resilient and racially inclusive, and sparks innovation for the future.
The command centers will operate for 18 months to plan and coordinate the use of federal funds for local relief and recovery programs. Other cities with such centers are Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Louisville, Ky., Dayton, Ohio, and Birmingham, Ala.; more cities will be added later.
The St. Louis center will receive about $500 million to distribute.