Written By: Press Release Posted by David Elliott
Published Date: 09-19-2022
Governor Laura Kelly has announced the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Executive Committee has made recommendations regarding the high-level distribution of $374 million of investments toward broadband infrastructure and adoption, the modernization and improvement of government services, economic development, and health and education.
“We are now one step closer to distributing these funds and addressing Kansas’ most critical needs — from expanding our broadband infrastructure to improving our education and health care systems,” Governor Kelly said. “I appreciate our Executive Committee and Advisory Panel members for committing their time, energy and expertise into shaping these investments and helping to build a stronger state for future generations.”
The four SPARK Advisory Panels — Connectivity, Efficiency and Modernization, Health and Education, and Economic Revitalization — met between January and April 2022 to review information and feedback from Kansans and prepare proposals for the most effective statewide distribution of federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to Kansas through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of March 2021.
“Friday’s action has allowed us to better define the resources that will be available in these four important areas that impact all Kansans,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “Now that the high-level decisions are made about investments in each of the four areas, we look forward to finalizing the program details so these dollars can flow to Kansas communities quickly.”
The Executive Committee recommended $374 million in investments across the four Advisory Panels. The recommendations include Connectivity for $35 million, Efficiency and Modernization for $100 million, Health and Education for $109 million, and Economic Revitalization for $130 million.
Program details, including eligibility information and how to apply for funding, will be determined at a later date. Per the legislation that enacted the SPARK process, the Executive Committee’s recommendations must be approved by the State Finance Council before funding can be allocated and expended.
For more information about ARPA, the SPARK Executive Committee or the Office of Recovery, please visit https://covid.ks.gov.
(Information courtesy Office of the Governor.)