Local ARP Plans: Examples and Strategies from N.C. Cities and Towns

As your community's elected and appointed officials consider strategies, plans and preparations for utilizing American Rescue Plan funding, take advantage of the identical work being done by neighboring cities and town. 

On this page, we will share those plans as they become available. 

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  • City of Durham

St. James

Goals: Water investment, partnerships

The Town of St. James has committed to using ARP funds for water infrastructure.

The town lies in southeastern Brunswick County along the Intercoastal Waterway, just north of Oak Island, and its residents rely on Brunswick County Utilities for water and sewer service. During peak usage months in the summer, residents experience water pressure issues that can create major problems, whether at home or work.


The town is poised to receive $1.99 million in American Rescue Plan funds, and is hopeful to use those dollars to address the water pressure issues. In August, the town council voted to begin negotiations for an interlocal agreement that would transfer the money over to the county utility in exchange for expediting a plan to improve the water pressure problem. Improvements may include the construction of a new elevated water storage tank in the area, a new transmission water main and pressure valves on some existing mains.


Brunswick County, meanwhile, plans to spend the bulk of its $27.6 million in American Rescue Plan funding on water and sewer projects, so both local governments appear to be moving toward the same goal of more viable utility.

City of Durham

Executive Summary

The City of Durham is working to promote the effective, efficient, and equitable distribution of federal fiscal recovery funds. We are partnering with the City’s Office of Equity & Inclusion and our local HBCU, North Carolina Central University to engage the broader community, identify key outcome goals, and ensure equity outcomes. This initial report outlines the intended uses of these funds, how we aim to promote equitable outcomes, engage the community, use evidence and evaluation, and identify key performance indicators.