FASTLANE Grants - Keeping Our Economic Engines Running

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Nov 7, 2016 4:04:00 AM

In 2013, an average of 55 million tons of freight per day moved through the US transportation system, with a value of more than $49.3 billion. Safe, reliable infrastructure is vital to keep the country operating smoothly. So vital, in fact, that the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law in December 2015 to improve mobility on our highways, create jobs and economic growth and promote innovation in transportation. FASTLANE grants are a direct result of the FAST Act. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “FASTLANE grants give us an opportunity to identify and invest strategically in those projects that are critical to keeping our nation’s economic engine running.”

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure

Smart Growth America and the Federal Transit Administration: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 14, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Smart Growth America  is a national coalition of planners, economic developers, environmentalists and other urban thought leaders that work to create the kind of neighborhoods we all want to live in. Neighborhoods that are safe, affordable, walkable, bikeable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Neighborhoods that benefit all their residents, not just the advantaged few. A necessary ingredient in achieving all of these characteristics is efficiently planned, accessible transportation.

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure

Back on Track: The Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvements Grant

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 18, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration is responsible for the safe and organized movement of people and goods across the country. As the agency points out; however, funding has not always kept pace with usage. Rail infrastructure, stations, and equipment are often in need of upgrades and repairs. Compounding this problem, freight shipments are forecasted to increase by 45 percent by 2045. In an effort to help ensure the needed renovations are made, $25 million was allocated for the FY2016 Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvements Grant Program.

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Topics: Grant News, Infrastructure

Broadband for Rural Areas

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 27, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Every day, 73 percent of us go online. The White House’s Broadband Opportunity Council now calls internet access a core utility, infrastructure as necessary as water, sewers, and electricity. Yet the digital divide between rural and urban areas still exists: 53 percent of rural Americans, some 22 million people, lack access to broadband. On Tribal lands, the statistics are 63 percent, or 2.5 million people.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Agriculture, Tribes, Rural Issues

Infrastructure Week 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 14, 2015 9:49:00 AM

If you're a civil engineer, mayor, or transportation department administrator, you probably know it's the 3rd annual Infrastructure Week (May 11-15). The theme of the week has perennially centered on the funding gaps between funding needs and actual levels, and the impact our investments have on our economic future. But what can we do with this information? We can arm ourselves with it, call on Congress to make long-term funding commitments, and explore programs and partnership possibilities.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, Infrastructure

2014 TIGER Program: $600 Million Awarded, $9 Billion Requested

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 17, 2014 3:00:00 AM

Reliable infrastructure is a key component of a flourishing economy. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is built on this idea. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced awards for the sixth round of the ever-popular TIGER Discretionary Grant program, which will fund 72 projects from 46 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states during this round, up from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested $9 billion for transportation projects—15 times the $600 million available for the program, said officials in a press release. You can read about the awardees and projects here; a sample of the projects, taken from the fact sheet, are below:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, TIGER, Infrastructure

Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy Would Hurt Local Governments

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 9, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure, Rural Issues

GROW AMERICA Act Webinar (May 22, 2014)

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 18, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, eCivis Resources, Infrastructure

TIGER Round VI Comes with $600 Million

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 4, 2014 10:01:00 PM

Last Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama called for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill to repair the nation’s aging roads and bridges. During his speech, the president also unveiled the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, whose total funding is $600 million—a $126 million increase from last year and the second-highest funding level since the program began in 2009, when it was funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Since it began, TIGER has disbursed $3.5 billion to 270 projects across the United States. Adding this year's funding will make that figure $4.1 billion.

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Topics: Transportation, TIGER, Grant News, Infrastructure

Capacity Building Grants for Nonprofits: Trend and Resources

Posted by Ruth Peebles on Sep 18, 2013 9:54:00 AM

I recently met with a local foundation currently redesigning their community programs to include capacity building grants (also known as organizational effectiveness grants) to enhance the overall effectiveness of area nonprofits. The funder’s goal is to invest in the mission of local nonprofits to help ensure successful delivery of services to local communities and long-term sustainability of organizations. Through capacity building grants, the foundation is leveraging the impact of their philanthropic resources.

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Topics: Foundations, Nonprofits, Infrastructure