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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.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for Metro

Metro departments (apart from Metro Nashville Public Schools) were awarded 43 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 these grants awarded can be viewed in Metro American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grants Awards.

Senior Accountable Officials

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

Mayor's Certifications on Infrastructure Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Contact Information

You may contact Vaughn Wilson at 615-862-6726 for questions concerning the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or if you have any difficulty opening any files on this page.

Metro Departments Receiving Funds

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

Additional Information

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To report any instances of fraud, waste, or abuse of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, contact FraudNet.

Notice: 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 800-232-5454.