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UTA receives $78.3 million grant for new Ogden-WSU bus route

OGDEN. Utah (ABC4) – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award a $78.3 million grant for a new bus transit route connecting Ogden to Weber State University (WSU). The construction grant will fund a 5.3 mile Weber State Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Ogden. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will …

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Council majority favors budget cuts despite federal COVID relief funds

City Council held their second budget study session on September 14 to give direction on the use of the nearly $33 million the City has been allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). City Council discusses budget priorities at a September 14 study session. The ARPA funds have not yet been factored into the …

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Indianapolis airport gets $56.3M federal grant, its largest ever

The Indianapolis Airport Authority received the largest chunk of federal dollars in the nation from a recent round of grant distributions this week. The $56.3 million grant is also the largest in the airport’s history. The money comes from the sixth and final round of this year’s Airport Improvement Program from the Federal Aviation Administration, which …

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Dayton Officials Release Plan For Federal Grant Money

Dayton city officials have released a plan for how to spend the $180 million federal grant from the American Rescue Plan Act. The money will go towards investments that serve communities and businesses hit hardest by the pandemic. Melissa Wilson is Dayton’s city purchasing agent. She says Community Investment Awards will be given to organizations …

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Federal grant program aims to help schools penalized for mask mandates

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – To require masks or not–that’s the question school districts across the country are facing. Some, like here in Texas, face legal consequences for their choice. However, the federal government is offering help. The Department of Education recently announced Project SAFE, or Supporting America’s Families and Educators. The grant program sets aside …

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Dems tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House announced Monday they would push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. Congress is rushing headlong into an all-too-familiar stalemate: The federal …

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Will A $100BN Government Fund Rid Us Of The Rural Digital Divide. Ask Space X

There has always been a divide between the urban and rural worlds with technology. Landlines Television adoption was a part of this, but these were not defining differences in economic opportunities. The digital economy now makes this an issue. This divide is a challenge we have to overcome, or some 25% of the population is …

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How public electric utilities can leverage federal broadband grants

In a recent article for American City and County, “How local governments can prepare for the new federal broadband grants,” I mentioned that in my experience, publicly owned utilities have made excellent partners in broadband deployments. This article expounds on that thesis and makes the argument that more public electric utilities should examine how they …

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