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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Information on Identified Needs, Planning for Future Conditions, and Coordination of Project Funding
Reviews federal programs that provide funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects and describes how infrastructure needs are identified. Also details how federal agencies support states' efforts, and the extent to which federal agencies coordinate funding initiatives. Analysis is based on a review of infrastructure projects in six states: Alaska, California, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, and Tennessee.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The Appalachia Initiative: A Bipartisan Approach for the 21st Century
Reports on the current challenges facing Appalachia. Breaks down data by education and workforce, entrepreneurism and job creation, energy and infrastructure, and rural health. Looks specifically at mortality rates, obesity and diabetes prevalence, and drug overdose death rates.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Rural and Urban Differences in Air Quality, 2008-2012, and Community Drinking Water Quality, 2010-2015 — United States
Examines air- and water-quality data and discusses how these environmental hazards vary across a spectrum of urban to rural counties. Includes rural-urban air pollutant data for ozone and particulate matter and data for 10 water contaminants for rural and urban community water systems.
Author(s): Heather Strosnider, Caitlin Kennedy, Michele Monti, Fuyuen Yip
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(13), 1-10
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Roundtable Discussion on "Building Native America Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country."
Recorded webinar of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), the House Committee on Natural Resources, and participating panelists, discussing infrastructure needs in Indian country. Discussion is intended to highlight important issues and help the new administration set priorities when considering future infrastructure packages.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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USDA Rural Development: 2016 Progress Report
Highlights the investments U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has made to promote community and economic development in 2016, many of which impact the overall health and safety of rural Americans. Provides state-by-state statistics, funding totals for RD programs, and highlights a specific RD program from each state. Includes information on RD funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Western Pacific.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Co-ops Play Vital Role in Extending Broadband in Rural Tennessee
Discusses the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act's impact on economic development, education, and healthcare improvement, and the ways in which Tennessee co-ops have supported the initiative.
Author(s): Anne Mayberry
Location: Rural Cooperatives, 84(4), 10-13
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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2017 Impact Report: Measuring the Economic and Human Impact of Nonprofit Organizations in Rural America
Highlights key federal programs that support affordable housing and community infrastructure, including water and wastewater disposal. Features 23 successful rural housing programs, describing their work and impact, including health-related improvements and services.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Housing Coalition
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Examining the Role of a Community Coalition in Facilitating Policy and Environmental Changes to Promote Physical Activity: The Case of Get Fit Kaua‘i
Examines Get Fit Kauai, a community coalition that brought changes in built environment (BE) policies and infrastructure changes to rural Hawaii. Describes how the community coalition developed a theory to explain the process of the community coalition facilitating BE change to support physical activity.
Author(s): Lehua B. Choy, Jay E. Maddock, Beverley Brody, Katherine L. Richards, Kathryn L. Braun
Location: Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, 6(4), 638-647
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
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Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Programs for Tribal Families, Children, and Communities
Highlights the major USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Covers topics such as food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Also includes program specific details and contact information for the RD office in each state.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Planning for Transportation Together: Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resilience
This report expands on the definition of economic development in transportation, and provides case studies demonstrating how state agencies, regional and rural planning and development organizations can work together to develop transportation facilities, infrastructure, and services to create jobs, improve access to employment, education, and community services including healthcare.
Author(s): Carrie Kissel, Brett Schwartz, Sara James, Susan Dyer
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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