Stimulus Has Good News for Cities

<em>Next American City</em>'s Jeffrey Hill reads through the federal stimulus bill to find good news for cities.
March 16, 2009, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"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.)"

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Published on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in Next American City
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