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Science for the Public Good: The Smart and Connected Communities Program

The Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to harness technological advances to improve our quality of life through the establishment of new scientific and engineering foundations. It supports projects that combine scientific advances with community engagement to increase economic opportunities, safety,

TIGER Funding 2017

The 2017 round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program was announced recently. $500 million in funding will be available to help communities improve transportation and rebuild their infrastructure. This year, special consideration will be given to projects in rural areas, especially those that address public health and safety, contribute to regional connectivity, or promote economic development.

Wetlands Conservation - 3 Funding Sources

Whether they are protecting the air conditioner in our home or the engine in our car, most of us rarely give those hard working filters a second thought, until they stop doing their job. Only when something goes wrong do we recognize their importance. When it comes to the environment, wetlands are Mother Nature’s equivalent to those essential maintenance filters. In fact, according to the EPA, the economic value of the earth’s wetlands is estimated at $14.9 trillion. Yet, like so many other things in our daily life that we take for granted, we rarely think about them or fully appreciate their true value.

FastLane Applicants: Who Needs to Reapply?

Life in the FASTLANE is about to become a bit different after a recent overhaul of this program by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Signaling a shift in gears, its name has been changed to Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA). While priorities such as promoting national or regional economic benefits, safety, and mobility will carry over, there is a new emphasis on innovative ways to leverage non-federal funding, including those from states, cities, and the private sector.

Complete Streets:  An Economic Analysis Beyond Numbers

Today's guest blogger is Scott Lane, Senior Transportation Planner at Stantec.   Scott will be talking about the necessary  ingredients in   achieving success  for complete street projects.  Following the post is a link to his free webinar "Creating Value:  Assessing the Return on  Investment in Complete Streets" which may be  of benefit to both grant seekers and grant recipients.



Infrastructure Grants - The ATCMTD

6.9 billion hours! That is the amount of time Americans spend stuck in traffic, according to a 2014 study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX. That translates into $690 a year in wasted fuel for the average driver. Of course, not everyone is trapped in commuter gridlock. Times vary by location. No matter where live, however, we all appreciate infrastructure improvements. Part of the FAST Act, the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative is providing grants to make US travel safer and more efficient for everyone.

FASTLANE Grants - Keeping Our Economic Engines Running

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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