10/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/08/2021 11:45
Today the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce Executive Committee appointed members to the group's four advisory panels: Health and Education, Economic Revitalization, Connectivity, and Efficiency and Modernization.
The advisory panels will gather information and feedback from Kansans, using that input to prepare proposals within each issue area for the most effective statewide distribution of federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to Kansas through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of March 2021.
"I am confident that each advisory panel will develop comprehensive ARPA funding proposals for strategic investments where they are needed most," Governor Kelly said. "I appreciate all advisory panel members for committing their time and energy into building a stronger economy for future generations of Kansans."
"This outstanding group of advisory panel members from throughout Kansas will help us equitably allocate ARPA funds in truly impactful ways," Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. "Working together, we'll pursue thoughtful investments in our economy and quality of life for all Kansans."
"I am grateful for all who have agreed to serve on the advisory panels to help guide our ARPA funds in a way that will have a long term positive impact on the lives of Kansans," Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson said. " Each brings a unique area of expertise, and I am looking forward to working with them to identify ways we can best invest these important dollars into the Kansas economy."
"This is the right group to have around the table to make these important investment decisions," Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman said. "They bring the business and policymaking experience we need to ensure the state's economic turnaround."
The members of each advisory panel are as follows:
Economic Revitalization: The Economic Revitalization Advisory Panel will consider issues related to economic development and will seek to make investments with long term impact for the Kansas economy.
Health and Education: The Health and Education Advisory Panel will consider issues related to social services, education, and improving the health and wellness of Kansans.
Connectivity: The Connectivity Advisory Panel will consider issues related to broadband and IT infrastructure.
Efficiency and Modernization: The Efficiency and Modernization Advisory Panel will seek opportunities to modernize and improve government services.
Additional information about the SPARK Committee, ARPA or the Governor's Office of Recovery can be found at https://covid.ks.gov.