New Resource to Help Your Community Navigate Infrastructure Opportunities

Source: National League of Cities

New White House Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

When you heard about the over 300 programs in the infrastructure bill, did you feel like your city might need a guidebook? Good news – the White House infrastructure team saw that need too, and recently released the first edition of its Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook to help state, local, Tribal and territorial governments unlock the benefits from the historic investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

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NLC’s Federal Advocacy Team is Hiring!

Response and Recovery

How Communities are Investing American Rescue Plan Funds
This week, Brookings Metro, the National Association of Counties, and the National League of Cities introduced the Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker. This tool adds to other important efforts to understand local ARPA implementation, including Results for America’s ARP Data and Evidence Dashboard, and the Treasury Department’s analysis of highlights from initial SLFRF reports.
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Increased Flexibility for Water Infrastructure Projects Under ARPA Final Rule
With the release of the American Rescue Plan Act Final Rule from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, local governments can celebrate some key wins, including expanded flexibility for water and wastewater projects under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
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ARPA Office Hour: Storytelling + Advocacy
Join NLC for a session on how to optimize your communications to Congress through targeted outreach, well-crafted stories and data storytelling. This event is only available to NLC members.
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FEMA Seeks New Members for National Advisory Council
The National Advisory Council includes a geographically diverse and substantive cross-section of 35 members who advise the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, ensuring input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET March 31.
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Upgrading Local Bridges with 100% Federal Support
Do you have a poor or fair condition bridge in your community overdue for an upgrade? The new bridge program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed by Congress and signed into law last November might be what you need to get that bridge back in shape.
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Planning EV Charging Stations for Maximum Impact
While mayors across the country celebrate the passage of the historic $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the $7.5 billion dedicated to installing of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations has sparked a healthy debate about how and where to build out this network. If invested wisely, this comparatively modest investment can become an important milestone in our country’s transition to sustainable transportation by serving as a catalyst for the EV revolution.
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NLC Calls on NTIA to Promote Local Access to Broadband Dollars
In comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), NLC called on the agency to ensure that local governments are fully able to access both direct federal broadband grants and state subgranted funds. NLC also urged NTIA to prioritize access for municipally-owned broadband networks, small communities, and urban and suburban areas. NTIA plans to release Notices of Funding Opportunity in the spring and summer for the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded programs.
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Notice of Funding Opportunities

Department of Commerce – American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge.
Closing Date: Extended to 2/20/2022.
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Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program.
Closing Date: 2/22/2022.
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Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Business Grants.
Closing Date: 2/28/2022.
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Department of the Interior – National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Technical Assistance Program.
Closing Date: 3/1/2022.
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Economic Development Administration – American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance.
Closing Date: 3/31/2022.
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