(TNS) – Two new websites have been created to show the public how Crawford County is spending the federal and state COVID-19 pandemic funds provided to it.
A newly created pandemic response website summarizes the program distributing federal resources, the amount of funding received by the county and the status of programs and projects. It can be found at crawford-county-pandemic-response-crawfordcountypa.hub.arcgis.com.
Programs and projects are funded to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 as well as secure the county’s economic future.
For example, financial assistance was distributed to more than 40 small businesses, 56 restaurants, bars and pubs, 1,226 households, as well as municipalities, non-profit organizations, fire departments and others. eligible entities.
The website showcases funded projects that focus on workforce training, public health and safety, and the economic impact of the pandemic, including the expansion of high-speed internet to seven of the county’s nine libraries allowing public access.
Going forward, county commissioners are supporting larger initiatives, including the expansion of high-speed broadband internet to areas of the county that lack adequate service.
High-speed internet isn’t the only technological barrier to communication in Crawford County, as communities face a lack of cellular radio coverage and public safety.
Commissioners are committing more than $3 million in pandemic funds for the deployment of communications technology throughout the county. To provide information and resources about the effort, a second website, Communications in the 21st Century, was created. It can be found at crawford-county-communication-21st-century-crawfordcountypa.hub.arcgis.com.
County residents are also encouraged to complete the five-question survey regarding Internet service availability and satisfaction by asking the Crawford County Planning Office for a hard copy or by going to https://arcg.is/154bqj to complete it online.
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