American Rescue Plan Invests in Small Businesses, Education, and Housing

Rail Infrastructure Gets Boost from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight reel of public investment in action!

This week’s edition features major investments in rail infrastructure across the country thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, while the American Rescue Plan continues to have a major impact on local communities, small businesses, and education.

  • HAWAII: Senator Mazie Hirono announced that Hawaii small businesses will receive a total of $62 million in American Rescue Plan funds that will drive innovation and create good-paying jobs in the state, with a special focus on key sectors like renewable energy and supply chain management. [story]

  • IDAHO: Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced the city will join House America, a federal initiative that uses American Rescue Plan funds to build 250 units of housing for those experiencing homelessness by 2026. [story]

  • ARIZONA: The Arizona Department of Education announced it will reimburse local educational organizations with $29.2 million in American Rescue Plan funds for their role in supporting students and teachers during the pandemic. Some notable organizations are Chicanos Por La Causa, which provided mental, behavioral and physical health support to students, and the Santa Cruz County Education Services Agency for its Invest in Our Youth project. [story]

A Big Week for Rail Infrastructure Investments:

  • OHIO: Biden administration announces $13M initiative to improve Ohio rail infrastructure, strengthen supply chain. [story]

  • ALABAMA: Biden Administration announces $5 million to improve railroads in Alabama. [story]

  • NEW YORK: Biden Administration announces $3 million project to improve railroads in New York. [story]

  • CONNECTICUT: $13.9 million from the Biden Administration aims to improve rail structure in CT. [story]
  • MICHIGAN: Biden administration announces $30 million to improve Michigan railways. [story]

  • KENTUCKY: Biden Administration announces $7.4 million will go to rail infrastructure improvements in Kentucky. [story]

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

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