In 2020, when Mayor Moran took office, he promised to focus on four pillars; safe streets and safe neighborhoods, education and workforce development, community and economic development, and responsible leadership. He continues to focus and is committed to improving the community at every opportunity.
In 2021, the City of Reading was awarded $61M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Mayor Moran went straight to residents, community stakeholders, and partners to ask their perspectives on City priorities. Many attended the public meetings where he collected data to set a plan in place. He started with non-profit organizations and moved on to our post-secondary institutions. On Monday night City Council’s vote affirmed Mayor Moran’s dedication to education and workforce development by approving his request for $2M in funding for Reading Area Community College, Albright College, and Alvernia University, respectively.
“Four years ago, I promised that education would be at the forefront of my Administration’s priorities,” said Mayor Moran. ” Education is invaluable in addressing poverty and enriching an individual’s personal and professional development. Monday night, my Administration, with the support of City Council, fulfilled that promise by passing legislation that provides $2M in financial support to each of our City’s post-secondary institutes; RACC, Albright, and Alvernia.”
The Moran Administration continues to identify areas to dedicate funding that will help the City in the long term, including in the areas of small businesses and City infrastructure. ARPA funding needs to be approved by City Council by the end of 2024, with all money spent by the end of 2026.