ARPA Townhall

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Join Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Shorter, and Chief Recovery Officer Shamiah T. Kerney for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Telephone Town Hall. Learn more about how funds can be used and planned investments for Baltimore City's recovery. Participants can dial in at (855) 756-7520 ext. 78505#. The event will be live-streamed on the Mayor's Facebook page @MayorBMScott.

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