On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law. The legislation represents a historic intervention and a fitting response to the devastating impact of the global COVID-19 crisis. The ARP builds upon certain provisions in the CARES Act and the December Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CCRRSA), and often does so on a larger scale. The law also includes new initiatives that will reach some of the most vulnerable communities and businesses excluded from prior funding packages. In doing so, the law strives not only to limit the damage from 2020, but to equip cities and towns with tools necessary to start building a stronger and more equitable future over the next decade. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act set the tone for the recovery from the Great Recession. Today, cities must use Rescue Plan funds to shape their communities for years to come.