Greene County Commission Appoints ARPA Advisory Committee

Greene County has a $57 million dollar decision to make, and it’s soliciting help from nine members of the community to make sure the money goes to the right places.

The county commission has appointed an ARPA Citizen Advisory Committee to help ensure equitable allocation of the county’s $56.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The group is made up of nine local citizens who bring expertise from a variety of sectors.

The committee will help the County’s ARPA team, led by Dr. Lyle Foster, shape the application’s review and approval process.

Members appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee include:

  • Candace Adams, emergency management retiree and educator
  • Kristoffer Barefield, attorney
  • David Burton, University of Missouri Extension
  • Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs CFO
  • Rev. Saehee Dsruan, pastor and educator
  • Keith Ray Mackie, KRM Counseling and Consulting
  • Dr. Mark Maynard Sr., business consultant and retired educator
  • Justyn Pippins, small business manager
  • Jill Stoner, business owner, Turners

The commission says the majority of those serving on the committee were also part of the CARES Act Relief Fund Advisory Council, formed in 2020.

Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon says the commission is grateful for the citizens who serve on the county’s various boards and committees. “We are especially pleased to present the latest group of citizen public servents who have stepped forward to serve our community.”

An initial deposit of $28,464,260 arrived on May 19th, 2021, and the second allocation of ARPA funds is scheduled to arrive in late spring.

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