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$149 Billion worth of "Ready to Go Projects" across the U.S. Cities

Today the U.S. Conference of Mayors released the fourth in its series of reports on infrastructure projects that are "ready to go" in cities across the nation – projects that meet local infrastructure needs and contribute to local economic development goals, that can be funded quickly through existing federal channels and start quickly when funding is received, and that can generate the significant numbers of jobs that are needed to counter the severe economic problems we face today in our metro areas and our nation as a whole.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors reported that, in 779 (2% of all Municipalities; in 2007, Census reported there were 36,011 municipalities) cities of all sizes in all regions of the country, a total of 18,750 local infrastructure projects are "ready to go." These projects represent an infrastructure investment of $149,758,339,126 that would be capable of producing an estimated 1,604,371 jobs in 2009 and 2010. These are the cumulative totals of projects, required funding, and jobs to be created that have been reported in the four surveys of cities conducted by the Conference of Mayors over the past three months. The populations of the 779 cities submitting projects total 77,946,664.

SECTOR PROJECTS FUNDING JOBS

Community Development Block Grants

4,028

$26,507,901,425

385,256

Energy Block Grants and Green Jobs

1,378

$30,604,966,149

151,811

Transit Equipment and Infrastructure

807

$11,304,982,392

137,770

City Streets/Metro Roads

4,724

$35,954,375,822

433,574

Airport Technology and Infrastructure

529

$5,462,483,130

47,061

Amtrak

50

$1,194,260,000

4,583

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

4,029

$23,494,889,132

271,429

School Modernization

1,066

$7,082,502,544

108,336

Public Housing Modernization

634

$2,474,602,762

25,160

Public Safety Jobs and Technology

1,505

$5,677,375,769

39,391

TOTALS

18,750

$149,758,339,125

1,604,371

Source: U.S Conference of Mayors

Below is a breakdown of the number of projects by State and total funding. GovWin reviewed and analyzed all 18,750 projects and determined roughly 762 projects were Information Technology centric (4% of all projects) :

STATES PROJECTS IT Projects FUNDING

Alabama

318

4

$3,675,415,952

Alaska

46

14

$415,682,000

Arizona

743

10

$5,574,052,875

Arkansas

199

34

$1,059,150,739

California

1971

66

$23,194,387,939

Colorado

201

5

$2,447,922,050

Connecticut

449

18

$2,650,247,918

Delaware

7

0

$52,000,000

District of Columbia

8

0

$91,700,000

Florida

1752

99

$15,621,854,723

Georgia

266

13

$2,622,606,849

Hawaii

316

18

$2,390,826,407

Idaho

348

6

$884,584,750

Illinois

1031

7

$3,109,044,659

Indiana

713

23

$2,598,965,203

Iowa

51

45

$185,815,080

Kansas

139

3

$528,306,308

Kentucky

524

19

$1,519,552,364

Louisiana

433

21

$3,852,297,626

Maine

72

12

$219,461,480

Maryland

54

3

$405,439,000

Massachusetts

266

6

$1,072,920,450

Michigan

782

22

$2,761,596,551

Minnesota

335

13

$983,556,873

Mississippi

552

12

$2,433,551,120

Missouri

403

16

$3,760,293,488

Montana

57

0

$249,272,000

Nebraska

154

13

$380,458,519

Nevada

163

4

$1,521,987,323

New Hampshire

0

8

$0

New Jersey

261

12

$2,685,299,407

New Mexico

215

7

$2,937,146,132

New York

289

12

$1,272,563,215

North Carolina

319

13

$1,976,159,268

North Dakota

61

27

$95,217,000

Ohio

847

4

$4,215,768,587

Oklahoma

223

1

$1,746,435,944

Oregon

159

12

$909,352,610

Pennsylvania

352

9

$4,448,759,122

Puerto Rico

340

8

$22,093,053,785

Rhode Island

116

18

$779,277,080

South Carolina

271

1

$1,462,423,970

South Dakota

30

5

$471,900,000

Tennessee

103

59

$338,370,000

Texas

1240

17

$10,772,423,091

Utah

298

13

$1,698,190,676

Vermont

61

2

$145,075,439

Virginia

400

12

$2,302,209,175

Washington

368

14

$1,713,748,644

West Virginia

1

0

$700,000

Wisconsin

358

2

$1,234,364,261

Wyoming

85

0

$150,636,500

Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors & GovWin

It is important to understand that the MainStreet Economic Recovery plan calls for funds to flow quickly and directly to cities through 10 federal funding streams that are already in existence; many of these have demonstrated their effectiveness over many years. The 10 infrastructure investments the US Conference of Mayors are recommending are:

  • Community Development Block Grants – CDBG would be used to create jobs through: the construction of public facilities and improvements, water and sewer facilities, streets, and neighborhood centers; the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes; activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and assistance to profitmotivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.
  • Energy Block Grants and Green Jobs – The new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program would be used by cities, counties, and states to create thousands of energy efficiency and renewable energy production projects. These projects could include energy retrofits of public and private buildings in local areas, installation of solar panels or wind turbines for the production of electricity on local buildings, deployment of new energy distribution technologies (such as distributed generation or district heating and cooling systems) that significantly increase energy efficiency, and development of systems to capture and generate power from methane at landfills.
  • Transit Equipment and Infrastructure – Transit funding would be used to purchase buses, street cars, rail cars, and other rolling stock and equipment needed to create additional capacity; help stabilize fare increases; and improve reliability. It would also be used to restore and maintain facilities and infrastructure in a state of good repair through projects that could, for example, expand station capacity, improve rail tracks, and provide customer information screens.
  • City Streets/Metro Roads – Highway funding must be distributed through the Surface Transportation Program (STP); this ensures that it will provide maximum flexibility to cities, counties, and states to undertake bridge, bus and rail, and road projects in metropolitan areas.
  • Airport Technology and Infrastructure – Projects funded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) would include runway and taxi rehabilitations, extensions, and widening; obstruction removal; apron construction, expansion and rehabilitation; rescue and firefighting equipment and facilities; airside service or public access roads; and noise mitigation and abatement (Part 150) associated with aircraft operations, including voluntary home buyout, which would fuel the local housing market, and residential and business insulation programs.
  • Amtrak – Amtrak would use infrastructure funding to make necessary upgrades to tracks, bridges and tunnels, electric traction, interlockings, signals and communications, and stations on the Amtrak system. In addition, Amtrak could refurbish rail cars that are currently in storage and return them to service.
  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure – Local governments contribute 98 percent of the total investment in wastewater and 95 percent of the investment in water infrastructure. Water and wastewater infrastructure grants would be used to assist with rehabilitating aging water and sewer infrastructure, complying with sewer overflow issues, and promoting source water protection and availability.
  • School Modernization – Federal school modernization funds would be used to repair and modernize school buildings in both large- and small-city school districts, improve their energy efficiency, and equip them with first-class technology.
  • Public Housing Modernization – Public Housing Capital Funds would be used for repair and construction projects, including safety repairs.
  • Public Safety Jobs and Technology – Providing COPS hiring grants to local police departments would allow them to put additional police officers on the streets and in the schools as school resource officers. Additional Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funding could be used to hire personnel, support those personnel, and purchase equipment and new technologies which make law enforcement personnel more effective in their jobs.

The National Association of Counties released a similar survey on December 15, 2008. While the survey was not as indepth as the U.S. Conference of Mayors and did not include project specific details, the data was still very interesting. A snap-shot survey of 104 counties from 30 states reported that 2,805 infrastructure projects totaling an estimated $24.1 billion are "ready-to-go," which would create jobs and stimulate the national and local economies if funded by a new federal economic stimulus package currently under consideration by Congress. The responding counties represent more than 51.5 million U.S. residents or about 17 percent of the population. Projects in the survey include airports, housing, roads, highways, bridges, clean water, sewer, sidewalks, public transit systems, communications technology, county government buildings and schools. Key survey responses showed:

  • 868 road and highways projects totaling $10.3 billion
  • 218 bridge projects totaling $393 million
  • 68 public transit system projects totaling $308 million
  • 73 airport construction projects totaling $432 million
  • 187 water system projects totaling $1.2 billion
  • 124 sewage treatment plant projects totaling $1.4 billion
  • 258 school construction projects totaling $4.3 billion
  • 366 county building projects totaling $3.3 billion
  • 34 hospital and health clinic projects totaling $285 million

Read the latest GovWin Analyst coverage of Economic Stimulus Funding on GovWin's Economic Stimulus website.

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