One of the items at tomorrow evening’s Fort Wayne City Council meeting is a contract with Crowe LLP.
The contract is for Crowe to develop, implement, and monitor a plan for the City of Fort Wayne’s allocation of $50,815,327 from the COVID-19 State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The contract has a “not to exceed” stipulation of $125,000 in the 2021 calendar year.
Phase 1: Engagement initiation + fund planning:
- Conduct initial planning
- Identification of stakeholders
- Kickoff the project
- Schedule weekly status meetings
- Conduct planning
Phase 2: Fund management and reporting
- Develop program checklists
- Setup the Crow ARPA Act management and reporting tool
- Review and manage the funding program
Phase 3: Project closeout
“At the end of the program, Crowe will conduct a project closeout meeting to review all grant activities.”
The Crowe ARPA Act management and reporting tool has been developed by Crowe to manage application and reporting requirements.
The fee structure:
Hourly rates by role:
- Partner / Principal / Managing Director – $425 to $475
- Manager / Senior Management – $200 to $250
- Staff / Senior Staff – $150 to $180
Crowe ARPA Tool software fees:
- Annual subscription (includes up to 10 licenses) – $25,000
- Additional annual subscription (additional licenses above the initial 10) – $2,000 annual each
- One time fee – implementation and setup, including training – $18,500
- As needed – “City specific program requirements to configure portal and / or tracking solution to meet the needs of city-specific programs” – hourly according to the above listed rates by role
Crowe has extensive managing federal funding. They have also had experience with COVID-19 relief funding with clients such as the Indiana Department of Education and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. They have worked with Hamilton County, Ohio, Solano County, California, Lake County Illinois, Seminole County, Florida, and the Indiana Bond Bank amongst others.