The City Council is seeking input from the community on ideas to assist with Lafayette’s economic recovery and encourages you to take a brief survey.

The City of Lafayette will receive $6,372,376 in The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. One half of the funds were received in July 2021 and the second half will be received in July 2022. Funds must be obligated by December 2024 and spent by December 2026.

Cities can use ARPA funds for:
1. Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
2. Covering costs incurred from the public health emergency
3. Replacing lost, delayed, or decreased revenues to local governments due to COVID-19
4. Addressing the negative economic impacts on local businesses and nonprofits
5. Making investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure

The survey will close on October 25, 2021.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic recovery bill that was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Within the ARPA, the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides $130 billion for local governments split evenly between municipalities and counties to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts.

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* 1. What is your connection to Lafayette?

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* 2. What aspects of the Lafayette community are most important to you?  Please rank the list below with 1 being the most important and 11 the least.

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* 3. What specific uses would you recommend for Lafayette's ARPA funds?

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* 4. Would you participate in a Community E-Gift Card Program designed to promote Lafayette businesses and encourage shopping, dining, and services in Lafayette? For example, if you buy a $50 gift card, the City would subsidize an additional $50 using ARPA funding for a total $100 gift card.

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* 5. A number of temporary outdoor dining spaces were added downtown; have you dined in one of these outdoor spaces?

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* 6. Some of the outdoor dining spaces are located in spaces that were previously used for parking.  Would you prefer that outdoor dining in these areas continue or be eliminated (or reduced in size) such that more parking is available?

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* 7. There are a number of creative uses of downtown outdoor spaces, including outdoor dining.  What additional innovative ideas would you like to see in downtown?

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