National League of Cities – Join the Safety First Challenge!

Source: National League of Cities

Last week NLC introduced a new Safety First Challenge, an initiative to build a street safety coalition of 100 cities, towns and villages in 100 days to advance a safety first approach to transportation decisions. To join the challenge, local leaders can commit to taking at least one action to advance street safety in their community.

New Federal Guidance for Auditing ARPA SLFRF Funds

Digital Equity Playbook: How City Leaders Can Bridge the Digital Divide

Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution

Response and Recovery

Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Playbook
This new playbook is designed to educate local leaders on the value of the historic ARPA SLFRF program, help local leaders access critical implementation resources from the Treasury and NLC, and generate the biggest impact for their communities.
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NLC CEO and Executive Director Named Member of the SBA’s Council on Underserved Communities
U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman named the National League of Cities (NLC)’s CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony to serve on the reconvened Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) authorized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
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State of the Pandemic: Using Data to Combat COVID-19
With another variant of concern knocking at our doors, many are concerned that COVID-19 cases will climb in the weeks and months to come, even with 70.9 percent of the U.S. adult population fully vaccinated. What does the data tell us and what should city leaders do going forward?
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Buffalo’s Approach to Water Affordability
Two years before the life-changing events of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Buffalo rolled out a new program to offer major discounts for eligible low-income water customers. Learn more about their strategy to address water access and affordability.
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What You Need to Know the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
While the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant is just one of many climate-related programs funded through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, it is the only program that will go directly to some cities, towns and villages by the formula for sustainability, climate and community resilience projects.
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Listening Session: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Clean School Bus Program
On Wednesday, December 15, 3:00-4:30 pm ET, EPA will host a listening session about the Clean School Bus Program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This program will offer $5 billion over five years to replace older school buses with clean school buses that are zero-emission or use alternative fuels.
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Listening Session: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Broadband Programs
On Wednesday, December 15, 2:30-4:00 pm ET, NTIA will hold the first in a series of listening sessions about broadband grant programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program; the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program; and the Digital Equity Act Programs.
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NLC Comments on New Affordable Connectivity Program for Broadband
NLC recently provided comments to the Federal Communications Commission on its new Affordable Connectivity Program for low-income broadband access, which was authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and goes into effect at the start of 2021.
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Department of Transportation Webinars on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
The Department of Transportation held several webinars on important transportation provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Recordings of the webinars are now available to watch.
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Notice of Funding Opportunities

Department of Agriculture – Community Forest Program.
Closing Date: 1/10/2022.
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Department of Commerce – American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge.
Closing Date: 1/26/2022.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency – Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities.
Closing Date: 1/28/2022.
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Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program.
Closing Date: 2/22/2022.
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Environmental Protection Agency – Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring for Communities.
Closing Date: 2/25/2022.
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Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Business Grants.
Closing Date: 2/28/2022.
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Economic Development Administration – American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance. Closing Date: 3/31/2022.
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