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COVID recovery: Duluth leaders planning how best to spend $58M in funding

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DULUTH, MN-- Duluth city leaders are trying to decide how to spend $58 million in COVID-19 relief money.

Monday night, city councilors heard a breakdown of the guidelines the city has to follow when spending the funding.

It comes from the American Rescue Plan.

The city already received the first half in May. The second half will come in May 2022.

The goal is to help the city recover from COVID-19 while building a more equitable community.

Duluth Finance Director Jen Carlson said the guidelines for how to spend the money are broad, but have to meet a specific purpose.

"We need to be able to justify how the project was caused by COVID and how our solution is going to, how using this funding is going to solve that problem that COVID caused," said Carlson.

Some ideas included broadband investment, affordable housing, and childcare development.

Mayor Emily Larson said they hope to have a formal plan to present to the council before the July break.

Bonney Bowman

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