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Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The Recovery Act signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. The Federal Government is dedicated to assuring that ARRA funds are used for these purposes and urges citizens to report any instances of suspected waste or misuse of ARRA funding by contacting FraudNet.

Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Mayor Karl DeanThe implementation of the ARRA has created many opportunities for the Metropolitan Government to receive funding for programs and projects that will have a lasting impact on the city of Nashville and its residents. Although not a panacea, these limited one-time funds will help reinvigorate our economy during this national recession.

With millions of dollars potentially available to invest in environmental, education, public safety, and economic development initiatives, the Metropolitan Government is committed to ensuring that we are positioned to receive the greatest level of funding possible. Please check this website regularly for the latest ARRA information and to stay informed about the efforts being made by the Metropolitan Government to secure funding for our communities.

- Karl F. Dean, Mayor

ARRA Funding for Metro

To date, Metro departments (apart from Metro Nashville Public Schools) have been awarded 43 ARRA grants for a total of $54,649,643.01

Program Funding Amount
*Energy Efficiency $7,112,405.00
Infrastructure (street paving, traffic signals, etc.)
Public Health $9,319,179.00
Public Safety/Justice (e.g., Police Officers, Drug Courts, Police services for domestic violence victims)
Social Services (e.g., Head Start, basic needs assistance) $5,202,656.56
Workforce Development $7,183,468.00

More detailed information on Metro ARRA grants awarded can be viewed in Metro ARRA Grants Awards.

Metro ARRA Senior Accountable Officials

As a recipient of ARRA funding passed through the State of Tennessee, Metro Nashville is required to have a Senior Accountable Official (SAO) who is responsible for Metro’s compliance with the requirements of the ARRA. The SAO has oversight responsibility for all parties responsible for accounting, reporting, purchasing and other duties associated with ARRA grant compliance. The Metro-wide ARRA SAO is Finance Director Richard Riebeling. Each Metro department that receives funding from ARRA also has a departmental Senior Accountable Official.

Mayor's Certifications on Infrastructure Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our ARRA Frequently Asked Questions to find answers to you questions.

Who shall I contact for questions on Metro ARRA funding?

You may contact Vaughn Wilson at (615) 862-6726 for questions concerning ARRA or if you have any difficulty opening any files on this page.

For Metro Departments Receiving ARRA Funds

Many Metro departments are accustomed to receiving and managing Federal grants, but the management of ARRA grant funding is not “business as usual”. The Division of Grants Coordination (DGC) and the Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) are committed to assuring that Metro departments who receive ARRA funds are “ARRA-ready” and prepared to comply with all ARRA requirements. DGC and OFA will be providing risk assessments, training, and technical assistance to accomplish that goal. The following “ARRA Recipient Toolbox” is another resource for recipients who need to understand what is required.

Helpful Links

Visit for more information related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

To report any instances of fraud, waste, or abuse of ARRA funding, contact FraudNet.

To report any instances of fraud, waste, or abuse in a Metro department, contact Metro Nashville Integrity Line.

This government is a recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds.  If you have knowledge of any activity which you consider to be illegal, improper, or wasteful, please call the State Comptroller's Toll-Free hotline at 1-800-232-5454

Frequently Asked Questions