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Much attention has been given to the billions the bill will put toward bridges, cybersecurity and more. But behind the big-ticket items are many small projects. Here are some that will impact state and local government.
Private investment, coupled with an unprecedented level of public investment from the recently passed infrastructure law, has presented the right mix of ingredients for even more public- and private-sector collaborations.
The buyout of the 17-year-old company ASR Analytics will also give GCOM, which offers state and local governments a wide variety of software and solutions, a foothold with federal government agencies.
Through a survey, the city of Eagle, Idaho, is now gauging citizen interest in a community-owned fiber system that would promote competition between multiple broadband providers through an open access network.
Thousands of Ohio residents wait to see if they must pay back unemployment benefits that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services mistakenly gave them. So far, the state has waived $72.1 million in overpayments.
The Federal Transit Administration is partnering with CALSTART as part of its Research to Practice Initiative to find the best ways to get electric vehicle research and data to local transit agencies.
Federal and state officials are embarking on an ambitious partnership to bring broadband Internet access to all corners of the state, drawing from part of a $65 billion fund passed by Congress this fall.
Much of the growth in gambling revenue over the last two years has been through new online forms of gaming, including such casino games as slots and blackjack, and sports betting. Many casinos, meanwhile, are struggling.
If passed by the state’s Legislature, the proposal would cement the Office of Information Technology within the Office of Administration – formalizing in law what started as an executive order in 2004.
Officials announced the county would take part in a major effort to deploy broadband coverage in a fiber-to-the home solution to more than 3,372 homes and businesses that currently do not have service.
Kansas wants to be a top 10 broadband leader in the U.S. by 2030. The state will soon release its first broadband strategy and leverage funding from the federal infrastructure bill and its own grant program.
As prices for fiber-optic cable heat up, Vermont isn’t waiting around for federal funds. The state is also preparing a broadband technician training program that pays students, so long as they share some income if hired.
As local and state governments gear up for federal stimulus dollars, the firm is releasing software that allows members of the public to rank budgeting choices against each other to show where their priorities lie.
Nobles County commissioners voted last week to authorize spending up to $2 million on a $21 million broadband expansion project if the county is awarded a significant USDA ReConnect grant.
The regional transportation plan of the San Diego Association of Governments has several issues: not enough riders, low demand and an uncertain time frame. The association should take a harder look at the evidence.