The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting feedback from community members to determine what investments should be made with federal stimulus funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). A 30-day public comment period opened June 18, and city residents are encouraged to share their feedback through Sunday, July 18.
Residents can complete the survey online or return a paper copy to City Hall. Paper surveys are available at offices and community spaces throughout the city:
- Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W South St
- Kalamazoo Community Planning and Economic Development, 245 N Rose St
- Kzoo Parks Office at Mayors' Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St
- Kalamazoo Public Library Main Branch, 315 S Rose St
- Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W Paterson St
- Kalamazoo Public Library Washington Square Branch, 1244 Portage St
- Northside Association for Community Development, 612 N Park St
- Edison Neighborhood Association, 816 Washington Ave
- Oakwood Neighborhood Association, 3320 Laird Ave
- Vine Neighborhood Association, 806 S Westnedge Ave
- Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Office, 162 E Michigan Ave
- Integrated Services of Kalamazoo, 2030 Portage St
- Ministry with Community, 500 N Edwards St
- Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, 448 N Burdick St
- YWCA Kalamazoo, 353 E Michigan Ave
- Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, 405 W Michigan Ave
- Goodwill, 420 E Alcott St
- Michigan Works, 1601 S Burdick St
Surveys are available in English and Spanish, and additional translation assistance is available by calling 311 or (269) 337-8000. Residents can also call to request a survey be mailed to their home.
The survey asks residents to prioritize 10 areas of investment based on the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan, City Commission priorities, and the recently completed National Community Survey of City of Kalamazoo residents. Respondents can also share a brief statement about how the City of Kalamazoo can best use the funding to help our community recover from the effects of COVID-19.
“The federal funding that Kalamazoo will receive from the American Rescue Plan act is a huge opportunity,’ explained Jim Ritsema, Kalamazoo’s City Manager. “We are listening to the people in our community and want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard in this process.”
Kalamazoo is expecting to receive $38.9 million of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The funds can be used on a broad range of investments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, support economic stabilization, replace lost revenue, or address systemic public health and economic challenges that contributed to the pandemic’s disparate impact on communities of color. Funds may also be used for certain infrastructure projects, including water and sewer utilities, and expanding access to broadband internet.
The City Commission and City leadership will use survey results along with the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan, City Commission priorities, and other outreach efforts to identify where help is most needed, and what should be prioritized for ARP funding.
“Our goal is to invest this money in a manner that helps our residents who were most impacted by COVID-19, address needs that were highlighted by the pandemic, and secure a brighter future for everyone in our community. Please let us know what's most important to you and most needed for Kalamazoo.”