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Boone County northern district commissioner Janet Thompson shakes hands with Missouri Governor Mike Parson at the Columbia Farmers Market on August 25, 2022 (file photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

(LISTEN): Boone County northern district commissioner Janet Thompson discusses federal ARPA dollars on “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”

Columbia has received $25 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, while Boone County has received $35-million in federal ARPA dollars. President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. Boone County commissioner Janet Thompson joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”, telling listeners that more than 100 groups submitted ARPA applications to the county which totaled about $84-million. She notes 27 applications were funded. Commissioner Thompson tells listeners that commissioners hope to get the second round going in 2024, and she encourages applicants who didn’t receive funding the first time to resubmit. She also praises Boone County’s Nature Center, which is being built in the Three Creeks Conservation Area just south of Columbia. Commissioner Thompson notes the nature school is available to ALL Boone County school districts, adding that Three Creeks is a major part of the area’s ecosystem:

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