Author: Leslie Wollack

AFF Transportation Bonds Support Infrastructure, Jobs

According to estimates from the Federal Highway Administration, local governments invested $53 billion in highway programs raised from local revenue sources, yet that amount does not come close to meeting the needs for investment in roads, transit, bridges, waterways and airports. While Congress debates the renewal of a national surface transportation program and how to

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Investment in Nation’s Infrastructure is Economic Lifeline

President Obama used the backdrop of the historic Union Depot Station in Saint Paul, Minn. to announce another round of federal TIGER grants – the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery – competitive grant program that has provided 270 communities with an opportunity to make strategic multimodal transportation investments since its inception five years ago. The

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Restarting the House Immigration Debate

Before the government shutdown, Members of Congress and their constituents were talking about important city issues, immigration among them. NLC joins the chorus of voices asking the House of Representatives to move on a common sense approach to immigration reform.  For cities, the issue  is an economic one; immigrants bring incredible talent and energy to

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Shutdown Means A Road Less Traveled for Furloughed Workers

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day with no resolution in sight, cities are already starting to feel the impacts on transportation infrastructure. If Congress cannot come to an agreement quickly, city residents will be increasingly affected by the loss of federal transportation dollars, and the lack of federal personnel on the

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Start Making Sense: Support Common Sense Immigration Reform

Comprehensive immigration reform is on hold in Washington while lawmakers are home for the August recess. Take advantage of this opportunity to encourage Congress to act on immigration reform. Immigration reform remains an economic imperative for cities, with several recent studies demonstrating the benefits to both the national economy and to local economies. Common sense

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U.S. DOT Offers Webinars on New Pedestrian/Bicycle Path Funding Programs Available to Cities

Congress may be beginning the debate on the next transportation bill with a series of hearings, but the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is still working to implement all the changes in the surface transportation bill passed last year known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead of Progress in the 21st Century).    You can find resources and

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Celebrating Train Day and Transportation Week

Celebrating Train Day and Transportation Week  May is a month for celebrating transportation across the country.  National Transportation Week was held May 14-20 and Train Day on May 11.   For cities and towns, transportation is always a critical topic. Our multi-modal transportation network is essential to economic development and community vitality. Amtrak and Train Day

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