Cape Girardeau City officials say that the county has received, via wire transfer, $7,659,883.50, the first installment from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021. They say there will not be a rush to expend the money. Officials say they need to vet what projects to fund, consult the federal guidelines (and) figure out how these funds can be used. Cape Girardeau County Treasurer Roger Hudson was appointed the county’s authorized representative for the ARP money funding that was deposited directly into the county’s designated account at Wood & Huston Bank. Officials say Cape Girardeau County is to receive a grand total of $14,432,836, while the National League of Cities (NLC) earlier reported the county’s share will eventually be $15,296,545.