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Board of County Commissioners

Community and Economic Investments

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allows a variety of expenditures to support community and economic recovery in Douglas County, including but not limited to:

Allowable Investments Include:

  • Ongoing expenditures for COVID-19 testing, PPE or other public health expenses
  • Assistance to households, including food programs; rent, mortgage or utility aid; eviction protections; unemployment benefits; or cash assistance
  • Services to foster youth or families involved in the child welfare system
  • Community health care workers and benefit navigators
  • Grants to non-profit organizations
  • Affordable housing
  • Grants to small businesses
  • Aid to impacted industries (tourism, travel, hospitality, other)
  • Job training and re-training programs
  • Grants to economic development organizations, downtown development authorities or business improvement districts.
  • ARPA funds claimed under the revenue loss provisions could be broadly used for governmental purposes.

Proposals received to date: 

Shiloh House Family Resource Pavilion

Shiloh House Family Resource Pavilion
Proposed Investment: $3,000,000 (est.)
Description: The Family Resource Pavilion creates resources for under-served populations in child welfare and adolescent services by protecting and promoting their welfare, preventing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adolescents who also may be victims of trafficking. The program provides wrap-around support for at-risk families through services that promote children/adolescents (where appropriate) remaining safely with their families or returning to their families in a timely manner. Expansion of the Pavilion would allow relocation and expansion of the respite and school programs, as well as additional space for partner agencies and gymnasium space.   

Help and Hope Center

Help and Hope Center
Proposed Investment: Up to $8,500,000
Description: The Help and Hope Center proposes the construction of a new facility in a retail-oriented location. The new facility would house its thrift store, food bank, and other client services operations in a location that would increase awareness of the organization and sales volume in the thrift store, which generates approximately half of the organization’s budget.

Douglas County Housing Authority 

Douglas County Housing Authority 
Proposed Investment: $1,000,000
Description: The Douglas County Housing Partnership (DCHP) is in the process of acquiring 15 units in the Stonecreek Condominiums at 532 Oakwood Drive in Castle Rock. DCHP requests $1,000,000 to offset the cost of acquisition for five of the 15 units so that the units could be used to house participants in the DC Cares program. This could include persons affected by the pandemic, veterans housing, or other beneficiaries. The housing could be temporary, transitional, or permanent housing.

Non-Profit Grants

Non-Profit Grants
Proposed Investment: $3,500,000
Description: Funding could be made available to non-profit partners through a grant program for organizations who can demonstrate they can or have increased services to meet COVID-related needs. This proposed grant project could provide one-time assistance for capital improvements which allow partners to increase their operational capacity and provide enhanced services. 

Business Sector Support

Proposed Investment: Undefined
Description: Support for industries, including movie theaters, travel, and hospitality. 

Arapahoe Community College

Proposed Investment: $100,000
Description: Arapahoe Community College requested $100,000 in ARPA funds to cover the cost of 40 participants in their Career Bootcamp program.  

CU South Renovation Opportunity

  • ACC is seeking partnership with the county for potential matching funds to renovate a section of the former CU South Building (which will be owned by DCSD) so we can put in current and relevant workforce programming such as EMT/EMS, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Advanced Robotics which can be ready by the Fall 2023 semester to serve the community and meet emerging workforce needs. Estimate is TBD pending official CU South sale to DCSD.
  • Sturm Collaboration Campus
    ACC intends to eventually expand the Sturm Collaboration Campus and begin planning Phase 2 (7 acres next to Phase 1). Our intention is to meet emerging regional workforce needs by offering relevant programming that provides local industry with homegrown talent. We have a matching opportunity with the Sturm family for $3.5 million dollars to begin the Phase 2 process. However, feasibility is being determined if we could meet ARPA building timelines for use of these funds. We will develop a more in depth proposal by January or table this proposal if this project cannot meet ARPA deadlines.

Lincoln Creek Metropolitan District

Proposed Investment: Undefined 
Description: LCMD is seeking funding or other assistance for park, parking lot, and sidewalk maintenance and repair, property tax relief, and a public road snow plowing contract or stipend.  

 Aurora South Metro Small Business Development Center

Aurora South Metro Small Business Development Center
Proposed Investment: $480,000
Description: The Aurora-South Metro SBDC submitted a funding request of approximately $480,000 for the provision of a Douglas County-specific staff person “for three years into the future (2022, 2023 and 2024) in order to grow the economic impact in the south metro area.”

Support for Business Improvement Districts and Downtown Development Authorities

Proposed Investment: Undefined
Description: The City of Lone Tree encouraged support for Business Improvement Districts and Downtown Development Authorities as part of the County’s approach to addressing the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.

Park Meadows Retail Resort

Park Meadows Retail Resort
Proposed Investment: $3,000,000
Description: Park Meadows Mall requests ARPA funds to mitigate financial hardship, inclusive of declines in revenues or impacts of periods of a business closure. Funds would be used for support of the Park Meadows Business Improvement District ($1M), and capital Improvements ($2M). 

District Attorney’s Office

District Attorney’s Office 
Proposed Investment: $929,498 (Funded with General Fund resources)
Description: The District Attorney’s office requests $250,497.74 to offset reductions in grant funding in the Black and Gray Marijuana Grant, Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) program, and Victim Compensation programs. Funding is also requested for “7 FTE for a period of up to two years to address a backlog of 2,500 cases or 25% of our normal annual caseload.” The request equates to approximately $679,000 in salary, benefits and equipment needs for additional prosecutor staff.  

Recent Investments in Economic Recovery

2020

In 2020, Douglas County used funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support businesses throughout Douglas County. Funds were used to reimburse small businesses for investments in personal protective equipment and other similar expenditures and to reimburse restaurants that were closed or faced operational limitations during the pandemic.  Additional information may be found by clicking here