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ARPA Community Engagement Schedule

ARPA Community Engagement Schedule

From the onset 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

Lynn City Council Meeting

Presentation to the City Council on on ARPA and outreach efforts.

February 2022

ARPA Community Survey Goes LIVE!

How would you spend $75 million in Federal funds given to Lynn?

March 2022

Development of a Project List

We will develop an ARPA-funded project list in March using the data gathered from community surveys.

March 2022

Project Interviews

Conducting & publishing interviews with project managers & stakeholders

April 2022

Launch of the Phase I ARPA Project Proposals & Suggestions

City departments, agencies, commissions, nonprofits and outside agencies were encouraged to submit proposals for ARPA investment.

April 26, 2022

City Council Meeting

ARPA survey results were presented to the City Council.

May 2022

Phase I Project Submittal Workshops

The public was invited to attend 6 workshop sessions in May for an opportunity to work with staff to navigate through their project applications.

May 2022

Review of Community Suggestions for ARPA Investment

The City is reviewing community suggestions which may be integrated into other projects that will receive ARPA funding in July.

May 31, 2022

Closure of Phase I Project Submittal Requests

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

Launch of Project Selection Survey

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

Overview of the Project Selection at City Hall

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

Project Selection Survey Deadline Extension

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

Phase I Presentation to the City Council

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

Project implementation begins for approved ARPA allocations.

Recap of the ARPA Project Selection Process

Since the onset 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 in each Ward. 

In early February, a community survey was developed and distributed to help the City of Lynn develop a transparent, strategic, and equitable plan for federal ARPA funding. The survey was designed for the purpose of understanding the impact of the pandemic on city residents and to gather a sense of community stakeholders’ priorities for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. During the month of May, the public was invited to attend several workshops for an opportunity to collaborate with staff to help submit their project suggestions and proposals. 

Outreach activities for the first quarter included: 

✔️ Targeted Outreach to 509 Community Organization Contacts
✔️ 2,446+ Email Communications
✔️ 200+ Telephone Calls
✔️ 14 Community Forums
✔️ 1,650+ Survey Responses

The survey was available online from February 8, 2022 through March 31, 2022 and reached roughly 1,653 respondents. Of the 1,653 survey participants, 1,259 prioritized infrastructure improvements with 39% survey participants citing roadway & sidewalk improvements as a top priority for ARPA funding investments. 

✔️ 3 Project Submittal Workshop Events

Six, 3-hour sessions with translation services were open to the community for a chance to work with staff to propose their ideas in May.

✔️ 24 Individual ARPA Project Assistance Sessions
✔️ ARPA Project Selection Survey postcard sent to 35,400 residences throughout the City​
✔️223 Project Selection Surveys Returned

Outreach Takeaways

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). 

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