UG Cares Act Working Group



Wyandotte County received $37,330,934 in Phase I CARES Act funding from the State of Kansas for distribution among taxing entities, non-profits, and small businesses as support for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor/CEO David Alvey created the CARES Act Committee and tasked members with distributing these funds to local entities in a clear and transparent manner.

The Committee’s funding priorities are to Reimburse the Unified Government, Bonner Springs, and Edwardsville for allowable expenses; strengthen the ability for robust public health responses; improve the adaptability of taxing entities; grow requisite health and human services, and build community resiliency.  Funds may not be used to replace lost revenue, supplant budgeted expenses, or perform capital construction.  Committee members are:

  • Commissioner Angela Markley, Chair
  • Commissioner Melissa Bynum
  • Commissioner Jane Philbrook
  • Maureen Mahoney, Mayor/CEO David Alvey’s Office, Chief of Staff
  • Michael Webb, City of Edwardsville, City Manager
  • Matthew Zayas, City of Bonner Springs, Assistant to the City Manager
  • Alan Howze, Unified Government, Assistant County Administrator
  • Kathleen VonAchen, Unified Government, Chief Financial Officer
  • Juliann Van Liew, Unified Government, Public Health Department Director

The Committee is supported by a cross-functional planning team comprised of:

  • Crystal Sprague, CARES Act Planning Team, Manager
  • Deasiray Bush, CARES Act Planning Team, Finance
  • Lisa Rangel, CARES Act Planning Team, Administration
  • James Bain, CARES Act Planning Team, Legal
  • Robbie Anderson, CARES Act Planning Team, Metrics
  • Dave Reno, CARES Act Planning Team, Communications

The CARES Act Committee meets regularly via Zoom.  These meetings are open to the public.  To join a CARES Act Committee meeting, visit the Meetings Tab.  Meetings also appear locally on UGTV - Spectrum Channel 2 and Google Fiber Channel 141.

Do you have CARES Act Questions? We’re here to help!  Send your question to  Learn more about the CARES Act and the State of Kansas' actions with these resources:


The Full Commission will meet on August 10 at 7:00 PM in a Special Meeting to consider three resolutions related to the CARES Act Committee’s work.  The resolutions concern:

  1. Adoption of the funding request specific to the Unified Government’s Public Health Department (which serves Wyandotte County)
  2. Adoption of the funding requests specific to Bonner Springs and Edwardsville
  3. Adoption of the funding allocations specific to Non-Profit organizations and Educational entities

This meeting will stream live on the Unified Government’s YouTube Channel and UGTV (Spectrum channel 2 and Google Fiber channel 141).  The public may also join this meeting via zoom.  To do so, visit the following link on August 10 at 7:00 PM: 

Monday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM - Special Meeting
Passcode: 009425
Webinar ID: 936 5279 8030
Phone:  877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 


The CARES Act Committee meets regularly via Zoom.  These meetings are open to the public.  To join a meeting, use the login information below:

Friday, August 7 @ 8:30 AM
Password: 853689
Phone: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 911 0726 9087

Monday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM - Special Meeting
Password: 009425
Phone: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499
Webinar ID: 936 5279 8030

Don't have Zoom?  That's okay, CARES Act Committee Meeting recordings also appear locally on UGTV - Spectrum channel 2 and Google Fiber channel 141.  To view or download past meetings, visit Videos Tab.


As part of their charge to distribute Phase I CARES Act funding in a clear and transparent manner, the CARES Act Committee has held all meetings in an open forum.  For community members who were unable to attend these meetings in real-time, recordings have been made available to view or download.  To view or download a CARES Act Committee meeting, follow the links below:

July 21 CARES Act Committee Meeting 
View recorded meeting
Password: %4yrsnp1

July 22 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View recorded meeting
Password: 7vZFh^zx

July 23 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View recorded meeting
Password: B2kfS?d7

July 24 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View Recorded meeting
Password: @*A79@K6

July 29 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View Recorded meeting
Password: 3Vd!lNra

August 4 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View recording on Facebook

August 5 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View recording on Facebook

August 7 CARES Act Committee Meeting
View recording on Facebook

Phase II

Phase II Cares Act funding totals $314,000,000.  Unlike Phase I Direct Aid & Reimbursement, Phase II funding will be administered by the State of Kansas.  To help bring attention to Phase II funding opportunities, the CARES Act Planning Team will provide regular updates about the status of Phase II funding, application availability, and important developments at the State level.

The $314 million of Phase II funding is split among four distinct buckets:

  1. Public Health - $100 million
  2. Economic Development/Businesses - $78 million
  3. Connectivity (high-speed internet) - $60 million
  4. Education - $74 million

As with Phase I funding, Phase II funding is a rapidly evolving process.  As of early August, the following information is known:

The Public Health & Education allocations may or may not be application-based at a future date.  The proposals for these allocations were approved by the State Finance Council.  The proposals may be viewed online by clicking here.  Public Health funds will be administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.  Education allocations will be administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, State Cabinet, Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Association of Technical Colleges.

Economic Development & Connectivity allocations will be application-based.  The Economic Development Application will go live on August 13 at 4:00 PM.  Applicants will be asked specific questions about how they plan to work through the next 12 months.  For more information, visit the SPARK Office of Recovery website.  The Connectivity application will go live 15 days after the State Finance Council approves the State's Connectivity Proposal.  Both the Economic Development & Connectivity allocations are administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The Economic Development allocation contains funding for Business Retention & Expansion ($61 million), Securing Local Food Systems ($9 million), and Workforce Support & Retraining ($8 million).  The Connectivity proposal contains funding for Broadband Infrastructure Investments ($50 million) and Provider Partnership Support ($10 million).  More detailed information about these proposals is available on the SPARK Office of Recovery website.