BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds Drought Resilience
American Rescue Plans Helps Small Businesses Nationwide
Welcome (back!) to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!
This week’s edition features major investments in small businesses, drought resilience, transit, and rural internet access – all thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
NEW YORK: More than $500 million awarded to New York from Biden administration to support small businesses through the American Rescue Plan. [story]
INDIANA: American Rescue Plan allocates $99M for Indiana small businesses. [story]
COLORADO: U.S. Treasury provides Colorado with a small-business grant worth $104.7 million. [story]
- MONTANA: Montana to receive up to $61.3 million to promote small business growth. [story]
Check out this story on water reuse and investment thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
The Hill: Biden administration announces $310M in funding for water reuse projects amid widespread drought
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced that $309.8 million will be allocated to the “design and construction of water reuse projects across the country,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Interior.
The funding will come from Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with an additional $1 million in “appropriated funding for the planning.”
More stories you may have missed!
IDAHO: The Valley Regional Transit in Boise will receive $17.8 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to improve public transportation in the area, replace its fleet of buses with electric vehicles, and boost workforce development for transit workers. [story]
- MINNESOTA: The state is expected to receive $650 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to build high-speed internet infrastructure in rural areas. An analyst from the Association of Minnesota Counties called the positive impact for rural areas “almost indescribable.” [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.