BEYOND THE BELTWAY
American Rescue Plan Invests in Parks, Public Land, Child Care, and Housing
More Funding for Rail & Road Infrastructure Thanks to 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 community services, broadband, rail infrastructure, and road maintenance across the country thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the American Rescue Plan.
LOUISIANA: The U.S. Treasury Department announced that Louisiana would be among four states to receive funding to expand broadband infrastructure. The state will benefit from $177 million in American Rescue Plan funds to connect nearly 88,500 homes that lack internet access through a competitive grant program. [story]
KENTUCKY: Louisville Metro Council approved $79 million in American Rescue Plan funds to renovate libraries and neighborhood parks, increase access to child care, expand youth programming, and support its ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. [story]
INDIANA: The Hoosier state’s Department of Natural Resources announced that it will invest $25 million in American Rescue Plan funds to establish the Next Level Conservation Trust to preserve public open land across the state. The Trust will expand and create new state and local parks, archeological and historic sites, and local nature preserves. [story]
WISCONSIN: Gov. Tony Evers announced that over $35 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds will support over 40 projects to fix and improve roads across Wisconsin in rural and urban areas. [story]
FLORIDA: The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved $24 million in American Rescue Plan funds to increase access to affordable housing by purchasing and turning properties into affordable housing units. [story]
- ALABAMA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced that Alabama will receive $5 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to improve railroad infrastructure across the state. [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.