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News by Topic: Infrastructure

Jan 17, 2020 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is seeking comment on the extension of a currently approved information collection for the Community Facility Loan program. Comments are due by March 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2020 - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative. The initiative includes $11 million in challenge grants aimed to support and advance innovation in the transit industry.
Source: Federal Transit Industry
Jan 14, 2020 - Provides an overview of a report identifying hundreds of contaminated water sources in rural Minnesota. The water systems were found to have levels of nitrate above the legal limit, efforts to prevent further contamination include limiting the use of nitrogen fertilizer.
Source: Brainerd Dispatch
Jan 8, 2020 - A bill intended to improve broadband connectivity in areas with limited access to care has been introduced in the Senate. The Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act will allow for the mapping of areas that lack maternal care and access to internet, with the goal of improving telehealth technology infrastructure in areas with critical maternal healthcare needs. Also discusses other legislation that has been introduced in the previous year to address maternal health.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Jan 8, 2020 - Highlights the work of Healthier Together Taliaferro, a program in rural northeast Georgia designed to address the obesity epidemic through activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Discusses challenges with sustainable funding and in creating long-term community engagement.
Source: Albany Herald
Dec 31, 2019 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) is extending the comment period for a November 27, 2019 notice seeking comments from the public on unmet transportation needs in rural areas to inform their Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative. The DOT is specifically looking for information on infrastructure needs, barriers to addressing these needs, applicants' experiences with applying for DOT grant and credit programs, and opportunities to improve DOT services and technical assistance to rural communities related to grant and credit programs. Comments are now due on January 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 19, 2019 - Summarizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's accomplishments in 2019. Includes their efforts to support rural broadband expansion with the ReConnect Pilot Program, investments in essential community facilities and renewable energy projects in rural areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 12, 2019 - Interview with the policy manager for the Center for Rural Affairs, discusses how children in Nebraska are not drinking enough water, causing long-term health risks and decreased focus in class. Describes his policy recommendations to help older facilities and schools implement clean water infrastructure.
Source: Public News Service
RUS: ReConnect Pilot Program Federal Register
Dec 12, 2019 - Announcement from United State Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the application window and for the second round of funding through the ReConnect Program, which provides loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations for broadband deployment in rural areas. Applications will be accepted from January 31, 2020 to March 16, 2020. RUS is also seeking comments from applicants of the first funding cycle to provide input on the availability of data, frequency of collection, clarity of instructions, and other program elements. Comments are due by March 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 10, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces its investment of $237 million to help farmers and rural-based businesses to lower energy costs through the Rural Energy for America Program. Recipients can use the funding to install renewable energy systems or improve current heating, refrigeration, and cooling infrastructure.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture