From the beginning of the community engagement process for ARPA spending and project selection, the City has been working to gather input through traditional grassroots means and a multi-faceted online approach. Outreach efforts included connecting with community stakeholders, canvassing neighborhoods, distributing press releases, email blasts, social media posts, and setting up in-person and virtual community meetings throughout Lynn.
January 25, 2022
Presentation to the City Council on on ARPA and outreach efforts.
How would you spend $75 million in Federal funds given to Lynn?
We will develop an ARPA-funded project list in March using the data gathered from community surveys.
Conducting & publishing interviews with project managers & stakeholders
City departments, agencies, commissions, nonprofits and outside agencies were encouraged to submit proposals for ARPA investment.
April 26, 2022
ARPA survey results were presented to the City Council.
The public was invited to attend 6 workshop sessions in May for an opportunity to work with staff to navigate through their project applications.
The City is reviewing community suggestions which may be integrated into other projects that will receive ARPA funding in July.
May 31, 2022
Feedback from the City’s community outreach highlighted particular needs to address parks and green space, the cost of housing, improvements to roadways and sidewalks, and litter. The City’s recommendations are in line with those priorities, taking into account priorities from the City’s ARPA Scoring Matrix such as the implementation timeline and project sustainability (i.e., the reality that the finding is a one-time revenue source).
June 20, 2022
The City drafted a recommendation of projects that are the most viable to be recommended to the City Council for approval during the first round of project selection scheduled for mid-July. Projects not selected in this first round may be selected in a future project selection process in the fall of 2022.
June 28, 2022
A Community Meeting was held to discuss the City’s recommendation for the first round of projects for ARPA investment and to solicit more survey responses.
July 6, 2022
The ARPA project selection survey deadline was extended to July 6th to allow for more community participation. Projects not selected in this first round may be selected in a future project selection process in the fall of 2022.
July 12, 2022
A presentation of the phase I survey results was made at the July 12th City Council meeting. The Council voted to approve the recommendation of ARPA investment developed by the City.
Late Summer/ Early Fall 2022
Project implementation begins for approved ARPA allocations.
Nonprofits and outside agencies were encouraged to submit proposals for ARPA investment and reapply, if their project was not selected during Phase I.
October 17, 2022
Collection of project submittals will close at midnight. The City is working to consolidate project applications and leverage other state and federal resources to maximize Lynn’s ARPA funding, however, this will be the final opportunity to apply for this one-time revenue resource
November 22, 2022
Projects recommended to receive ARPA investment will go before the City Council for a vote on November 22, 2022.
December 31, 2024
The proposed projects must be obligated/contracted by December 31, 2024.
December 31, 2026
ALL project funds must be spent by December 31, 2026.
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