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City investing ARPA funds in downtown businesses
By Linda Waggener
At Thursday's special called meeting, the Columbia City Council approved what will be called "Paint the Town II," a project to assist locally owned businesses with improvements downtown.
A few months ago the City Council voted to use a portion of the ARPA funds (received from the COVID-19 Pandemic support to communities) to invest in locally owned downtown businesses.
Mayor Pam Hoots called on Joe Willis, Mary Beth Phelps and Leon Lewis to study what requirements might me needed and to begin the thought processes on how best to use the funds.
Recently, 313 Maple owner Alexis Jennings asked if there would be any stipulations against adding a flower box in front of her store on Campbellsville Street. She wanted to check for any requirements that might be needed, "before asking husband Eric to do the work of creating it." That ask started the conversation with the Mayor about possibilities from the ARPA funds project.
An official application will be available from Mayor Hoots and staff at City Hall. A maximum amount will be set per project with labor responsibilities of the business.
If your business is located in the city limits and you'd would like to apply, please contact City Hall, 270-384-2501.
This story was posted on 2022-08-05 10:05:51
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