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Food & Water Watch

Trump’s Water Infrastructure Plans in Two Words: Higher Rates

As President Trump prepares to promote his plans to privatize much of our nation’s infrastructure, Food & Water Watch is urging Congress to approve only plans that would keep these critical systems publicly controlled. Private financing and operation of infrastructure, particularly water, has been shown to be more expensive and less reliable than when these systems are controlled by public entities.
Natural Resources

Ballooning Federal Estate a Primary Barrier to Modernizing Infrastructure on Federal Lands

The Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on ways to improve infrastructure and management at the National Park Service (NPS) and the Forest Service (USFS).
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Murkowski: Energy Infrastructure Is Central to Our Way of Life

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to receive testimony on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources received testimony from seven witnesses who highlighted the importance of U.S. energy systems, including the electrical grid and pipelines, to national job creation and economic prosperity, as well as the need to streamline notoriously slow and uncertain federal permitting processes.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell Calls for Action to Defend Our Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called for action to defend our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks during a committee hearing. Modernization of the electric grid brings tremendous benefits, but it also makes the grid more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Natural Resources

Subcommittee Explores Water Infrastructure Barriers and Solutions

During questioning, Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) asked witness Andrew J. Colosimo, Government and Corporate Affairs Manager of Colorado Springs Utilities, to explain what makes the construction process so difficult, based on lessons from an existing water pipeline.

Civil Rights and Progressive Organizations Vow to Fight Any Infrastructure Plan Based on Corporate...

Last night during his address, President Trump called on Congress to support legislation that “produces” a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure to be financed through “public and private capital.” Progressive and civil rights organizations, anchored by Partnership for Working Families and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, announced that they will vigorously oppose any plan based primarily on corporate giveaways that undermine working families. Below is their statement
AGC

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING SLIPS IN JANUARY AS PUBLIC INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE “TUMBLED” WHILE PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION...

Construction spending slipped from December to January but increased modestly from a year ago, as private construction grew solidly but public infrastructure outlays tumbled, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the January data indicates the need for new public investments in infrastructure along the lines of the trillion dollar proposal President Trump outlined during his Congressional address last night.
USDOJ

USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure in Nine States

Rural Development Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is making loans to electric cooperatives that will help continue to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to rural residents, business and institutions in nine states.

Statement on Passage of Water Resources Bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on House passage of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

WSSC Puts Something New in the Ground

October 24: Aging infrastructure isn’t a problem to be fixed overnight, but WSSC is leading the pack, making an innovative change so its water mains last longer.

Global 2016 GRESB Infrastructure Data Captures ESG Performance of 185 Infrastructure Funds and Assets

GRESB, an investor-driven organization that is transforming the way we assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally, today released the data of the inaugural 2016 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment.
Some Utilities

Nine Innovative Approaches That Utilities are Using to Plan for Increased Rooftop Solar

When an individual utility customer decides to add rooftop solar to their home or business, the utility needs to deliver less power to that customer from other sources. A small number of solar adopters may not have much of an impact, but rapid growth in rooftop solar in some parts of the country has the potential to significantly impact the need for generating resources and transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure.

Infrastructure Improvements May Require Bankruptcy Code Fix, According to September ABI Journal Article

As construction contractors can be exposed to preference actions in a municipal bankruptcy, an article in the September ABI Journal explores potential defense strategies for contractors and why a legislative fix might be required to complete necessary infrastructure projects in financially distressed cities. “Municipalities need the expertise of the construction industry to repair their infrastructures, but the Detroit bankruptcy was a rude awakening for the construction industry,” Lisa S. Gretchko and Mark A

CAP Report Outlines a Comprehensive Approach to U.S. Infrastructure for the 21st Century and...

Many of America’s critical infrastructure assets have come to the end of their useful life and need major repairs or reconstruction. Additionally, over the next 50 years, the United States will add nearly 100 million people, requiring system expansion in order to meet growing demand for mobility, clean water, and flood control, to name only a few areas. Yet, for too long, Congress has failed to provide robust funding to meet our national needs. This has left state and local governments without a strong federal partner

Fact Sheet: Administration Announces an Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, Building on President’s Legacy of...

Under President Obama, we have seen technological breakthroughs and strategic investments that have propelled the United States to the forefront of wireless broadband—with world-leading 4G/LTE coverage for more than 98 percent of U.S. citizens. Today, the Obama Administration is announcing new steps to maintain U.S. leadership and win the next generation of mobile technology with the launch of a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative led by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Mayor Buckhorn To Join President Obama’s Export Council to Discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S....

Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Chair of the U.S. Council of Mayors TPP Task-force, will join CEOs, Senators, Congressmen, and high ranking Administration officials and cabinet members to participate in a discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Infrastructure at the White House with President Obama’s Export Council.

Federal Highway Bill to Bring Infrastructure Improvements to New Hampshire

Congressman Frank Guinta voted for the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015, saying the six-year funding authorization would allow the Granite State to begin long-awaited infrastructure projects

Young Shares Thoughts on Passage of Long-Term Highway Transportation Bill

Alaska Congressman Don Young, former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, offered the following statement after House passage of H.R. 22, the Surface Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015

City Celebrates Completion of Michoud Front Door Infrastructure Improvement Project

Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City officials and business leaders to celebrate the completion of the $6.2 million Michoud Front Door Infrastructure Improvement Project. The project included sustainable, environmentally integrated storm water management improvements which were designed to help create additional and continued private investment in one of the city’s key recovery areas in the Michoud neighborhood.

MINNESOTA RECEIVES $8 MILLION TO EXPAND BIOFUEL INFRASTRUCTURE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Minnesota $8 million in federal funding under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to expand biofuel infrastructure. Minnesota is one of 21 states to receive federal funding to expand biofuel infrastructure and increase the number of biofuels pumps at fueling stations

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

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Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

VA

VA publishes interim final rule on cash-out home loans to further...

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has published an interim final rulerelating to VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans to further protect Veteran home-loan borrowers