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Thursday, March 30, 2023   

An Arkansas mayor joined city leaders from across the country for the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference in the nation's capital this week, and discussed some of the most pressing issues facing communities, from transportation to public safety.

Jonas Anderson, mayor of Cave City and president of the Arkansas Municipal League, focused on education, cybersecurity, and workforce training, but said infrastructure took the spotlight. He pointed out federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act is being put to use at home in Cave City.

"And we were able to utilize those funds to make some major improvements in our water and sewer system," Anderson explained. "We've actually been doing that the last couple of years, we just wrapped up one project on that we're looking forward to doing another one this summer"

The American Rescue Plan Act allocated nearly $2.6 billion to Arkansas for COVID-19 response needs, fill revenue shortfalls, and address the unequal impact of the pandemic on certain populations. The money must be used by Dec. 31, 2024.

As a rural community with fewer than 2,000 residents, Anderson acknowledged Cave City faces funding challenges based on its small population and added he is working with area partners to seek additional money for a revitalization project.

"We've purchased a few historic properties in our old downtown section," Anderson outlined. "We're actually going to renovate those and convert those into City Hall offices, police department building for them to utilize, and then we're going to use one as a kind of a public space pocket park area."

Anderson added Cave City and its partners are also seeking local and federal funds for other projects, and applying for recreation and tourism grants.


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