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Stimulus Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Stimulus?

Stimulus refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. The law allocates over $789 billion in funding in order to create or save jobs and jumpstart the national economy.

According to the White House, the money is distributed as follows:

$288 billion - Tax Relief
$144 billion - State and Local Fiscal Relief
$111 billion - Infrastructure and Science
$81 billion - Protecting the Vulnerable
$59 billion - Health Care
$53 billion - Education and Training
$43 billion - Energy
$8 billion - Other

To read more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 legislation, Click Here.

2. How much stimulus funding will the City of Fayetteville receive?

You can track the status of the City’s stimulus awards through the Fayetteville Stimulus Tracker website at: http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/stimulus/. A chart summarizing our progress is located at the bottom of the webpage with links to additional information about each project.

3. What is the City spending the stimulus money on?

The City maintains a list of potential projects and their descriptions under the “Proposed Stimulus Project” link. We are tracking the progress of each project and will update information regularly.
http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/stimulus/readytogo_potential_stimulus_projects.aspx

4. Does this website include stimulus awards for the surrounding community?

In general, the information included on the City’s stimulus website refers to City projects only. In some cases, such as the I-295 construction project, a joint project is pursued by federal, state and local agencies. In this example, the I-295 project is considered a State Department of Transportation project and is not included in the awarded projects reported on the City’s stimulus tracker website. In the same regard, particular projects on Fort Bragg, such as construction projects, are outside of the City’s purview and are handled by the Fort Bragg Garrison Command.

The City’s stimulus website does provide links to other agencies under “Additional information, useful links and community partners” to assist citizens in locating information about other agencies’ stimulus awards, which impact our community.

Included in this list of useful links is the North Carolina’s stimulus site. North Carolina has created an Office of Economic Recovery and Investment which coordinates and tracks North Carolina’s handling of federal stimulus funds. Their website also reports stimulus distributions by County under the “Recovery Plan” tab.
http://www.ncrecovery.gov/default.aspx

5. If I am a small business owner or contractor, how do I participate in the process to earn a contract related to the stimulus funds?

Businesses and contractors that are interested in vendor opportunities can submit a vendor application online through the Fayetteville Stimulus Tracker website.
http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/stimulus/vendor_application.aspx

6. Who do I contact in the City about stimulus funding?

You can contact City stimulus coordinators through the Fayetteville Stimulus Tracker website.

Contact stimulus coordinator
http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/contactus.aspx

You will be able to contact the Citywide stimulus coordinator for general information or department representatives for specific project inquiries. Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of your contact within 24 hours or the next business day.

7. What reporting requirements is the City required to follow?

The ARRA outlines requirements to ensure that the stimulus package money is spent both wisely and efficiently. The accountability requirements include:

Deadlines to ensure that funds are spent in a timely manner
Transparency to the public
Continual oversight and monitoring to reduce waste and the mismanagement of funds
Specific program outcomes and goals.
Each project stimulus award document contains specific reporting, transparency and oversight requirements. The City has a process in place to ensure that these requirements are met.