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Fayetteville seeks input on American Rescue Plan projects

Residents, businesses and nonprofits can take a survey through March 24 to provide feedback and offer suggestions on how to spend money the city will receive.


Fayetteville officials want to hear from residents, businesses and nonprofits on projects that could be funded by federal dollars to benefit those affected by the pandemic.

A community needs assessment survey is available through March 24. The city will use the survey responses to help prioritize spending for money Fayetteville will receive through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Fayetteville is expected to receive more than $40 million over the course of two installments. Based on federal guidance, the money can be used to support public health expenditures, address negative economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and serve low-income families hardest hit, the city said in a release.

The money also can be used to invest in infrastructure improvements, replace revenue lost during the pandemic or provide pay for essential workers, the city said.

There are two surveys, one for residents and one for businesses or nonprofits. Go to fayettevillenc.gov/arpa and click on the appropriate link. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

“Our goal is to provide exemplary services to residents, improving the overall quality of life, and these funds are a great opportunity to make significant advances in many areas while uplifting those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” City Manager Doug Hewett said in the release. “Getting input from residents through this survey is an important part of our plan to ensure the funds are used where they are needed most.” 

Survey questions touch on financial, household/organizational and health impacts as well as any current or future anticipated needs, the city said. Residents also will be able to share what types of projects they would like to see now and in the future. All responses are provided anonymously, the city said. 

In November, the City Council directed staff to focus on possible projects in key areas including housing and community livability, business and economic vitality, and infrastructure and community reinvestment, the city said in the release.  

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