Communications Director, Office of Recovery & Resilience
Office of Recovery & Resilience to Host Five Recovery Events Across Snohomish County
Snohomish County, Wash., May 17, 2022 – Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers today announced that the Office of Recovery & Resilience (ORR) and partners are launching a countywide engagement effort to guide investment strategies for the county’s $160 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. The effort will include one in-person recovery event in each County Council district and is informed by key partners across major recovery issue areas – like human services and economic development – as well as local elected officials.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Snohomish County communities have come together to do what’s best for all of us: We’ve gotten vaccinated, tested, and rallied around our front-line workers and small businesses. Our collective recovery should be no different – we have to do it together,” said Executive Somers. “That’s why the county and partners are embarking on this extensive outreach and engagement effort. We want to hear directly from our residents and businesses on what recovery means to them. Our goal is to ensure we make smart and sustainable investments that are responsive to community needs, with a focus on people most impacted by the pandemic.”
“Hearing directly from people in our community about ways that the pandemic has impacted them, and then centering their stories and perspectives into our county’s recovery will put the county’s best foot forward as we recover from a tumultuous past two years,” said Councilmember Megan Dunn, Chair of the County Council (District 2). “The County has one chance to spend our ARPA dollars and I’m proud of the work being done to allocate funding as equitably as possible.”
“Given the significant amount of federal funding being allocated through the county, it is critical that these taxpayer funds are spent wisely,” said Councilmember Nate Nehring (District 1). “My top priority is ensuring that we take time to listen to our constituents so that we can hear the existing needs directly from those who have been most impacted by the pandemic and associated economic restrictions.”
“As a community, we have come a long way towards recovering from the impacts of COVID, but there is still so much to be done,” said Councilmember Stephanie Wright (District 3). “Hearing directly from the people is a crucial step in addressing the needs of our families, neighbors, and businesses. Learning from their stories and ideas will help us target these resources in a way that makes us stronger as a county for years to come.”
“The residents of Snohomish County have been affected tremendously by the events of the past two years. Given that, it is important that the community have ample opportunity to voice their thoughts on how these dollars should be invested,” said Councilmember Sam Low (District 5).
As part of this countywide engagement effort, ORR and Executive Somers convened the following groups:
ORR and county partners led facilitated discussions with these groups to solicit their feedback on priorities and strategies for the county’s federal recovery funds. In addition, ORR and partners are meeting with local mayors, city administrators, and community organizations in at least 18 cities across the county.
To further involve Snohomish County residents and businesses in recovery planning, ORR will host five in-person recovery events. These events will take place throughout May and June in each County Council district.
Recovery events will have three parts:
Child care or kids activities as well as dinner will be provided on-site at no cost to attendees. These events are free and open to the public, and they will include an opportunity to connect directly with local elected officials and county staff on important pandemic recovery issues. Attendees do not need to stay for the entire event to participate.
Details on each event are included below.
District Four Recovery Event
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 25; doors open at 6 p.m., event ends at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mountlake Terrace City Hall, 23204 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Cities: Bothell, Brier, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace
More information & RSVP: www.snohomishcountywa.gov/recovery
District Three Recovery Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, June 2; doors open at 6 p.m., event ends at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lynnwood Library – Sno-Isle Libraries; 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Cities: Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway
District Five Recovery Event
Date & Time: Thursday, June 9; doors open at 6 p.m., event ends at 7:30 p.m.
Location: 4H Building #501, Evergreen State Fair Park, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe WA 98272
Cities: Gold Bar, Index, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan
District Two Recovery Event
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 15; doors open at 6 p.m., event ends at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Public Meeting Room 1 & Plaza, Snohomish County Campus, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201
Cities & Tribes: Everett, Mukilteo, Tulalip Tribes
District One Recovery Event
Date & Time: Thursday, June 23; doors open at 6 p.m., event ends at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Byrnes Performing Arts Center; 8821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington, WA 98223
Cities & Tribes: Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe
After the five recovery events, resident and business feedback will be collected into a report and released publicly, and this report will help inform the spending plan for the county’s remaining ARPA funds. County programs using the recovery funds will be directly responsive to community priorities.
Snohomish County residents and business can find more information on these events, as well as additional relief and recovery resources, at www.snohomishcountywa.gov/recovery.