Stimulus Has Good News for Cities

Next American City's Jeffrey Hill reads through the federal stimulus bill to find good news for cities.

"Take it from someone who has braved all 1,200-plus pages of HR-1: the economic stimulus package contains an abundance of funding figures that should make urban enthusiasts very happy."

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is set to provide:

$7.22 billion for projects and programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote green jobs.

$6 billion to the Clean Water and Drinking Water Fund, $4 billion of which will be used help communities with water quality and waste-water infrastructure needs and $2 billion of which will be spent on drinking water infrastructure needs. $1.2 billion, or 20 percent, must be used for green infrastructure.

$100 million for competitive grants to evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial brownfields. (Note- This portion of the bill was modified by an unnamed U.S. senator to put "brownfields" in quotes.)"

Full Story: What the Stimulus Bill Really Means for Cities


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