BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan Funds Pre-K, Wildfire Prevention and Rural Broadband Nationwide
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!
It’s been a big week for investments in our communities. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a $266 million investment to boost the community and public health workforce using funds from the American Rescue Plan.
In the states, there were critical investments made in broadband access, wildfire prevention, pre-K, and more – all thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
WYOMING: The Cowboy State will receive over $9 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to invest in rural broadband infrastructure, which will provide reliable and affordable access to high-speed internet to residents across the state. [story]
OREGON: Senators Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that Oregon will receive $6.8 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds for wildfire prevention programs across the state. The funds will support projects on over 40,000 acres of land. [story]
NORTH CAROLINA: The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved $3.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to invest in 30 pre-K classrooms, supporting them for two years. Only 27% of eligible children in the county attended pre-K in 2019-2020, a lower rate than in nearby counties. [story]
- TENNESSEE: Nashville International Airport is getting $8.6 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds as part of the bill’s plan to rebuild transportation-related infrastructure. [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.