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MAPC Municipal ARRA Briefing Boston, MA Monday, April 27, 2009 Shannon Menard, Policy Manager, NARC

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  1. MAPC Municipal ARRA Briefing Boston, MA Monday, April 27, 2009 Shannon Menard, Policy Manager, NARC

  2. What is NARC? • National non-profit membership trade organization • Represents multi-jurisdictional regional planning organizations - COGs, MPOs, LDDs, RPOs – large and small, urban and rural • Members like MAPC • Formed by NACo and NLC to address regionally based challenges and produce solutions

  3. What is NARC? • Governed by local elected officials • NARC President: Hon. Steve Cassano, Selectman, Town of Manchester, CT • Concentrate on four core areas • Transportation • Economic & Community Development • Homeland Security/Public Safety • Environment

  4. Economic Recovery Formation • NARC testified before the House T&I committee 10/29 • Worked in concert with NACo, NLC and USCM – and other partners • Spoke with both Congress and the New Administration • Stimulus Snapshot report – over $24B infrastructure investment needed • Continual and up-to-date information analysis and sharing • NARC Economic Recovery website • www.narc.org

  5. Economic Recovery Formation NARC supported: • Increasing EDA, environment/energy, transportation, etc. funding • Funding water and wastewater projects through 100% direct grants, not loans. • Including all proven housing programs, i.e. CDBG and Neighborhood Stabilization • Supporting funding drilled down to the local level through current programs and formulas, ensuring regions and local governments get direct allocations. • Requiring States to engage with local governments – urban and rural – in project selection • Ensuring reasonable and attainable timeframes to obligate and report on project funding • Including local governments and local elected officials as partners in the recovery process

  6. Economic Recovery Formation • Why these mechanisms/outcomes? • Maintains mechanisms in current law • Congress stressed this aspect • Reinforces the federal/local partnership with allocations to large, medium and small regions • Intends to drill $ down to the local level • Highlights the accountability, transparency and filling real need

  7. American Recovery & Reinvestment Act • President Obama signed ARRA into law 2/17/2009, Denver, CO • $787 billion in total federal aide • Mix of tax cuts and direct federal spending

  8. Tax Provisions Snapshot • Recovery Zone Bonds • Like empowerment zones • Energy Bond Provisions • $1.6 billion in new "clean renewable energy bonds” • $2.4 billion more of qualified energy conservation bonds • Options for State and Local Governments to Issue Tax-Credit Bonds – House & Senate • Build America Bonds • State and local governments with a new tax credit bond option for new capital projects.

  9. Local Provisions Snapshot TRANSPORTATION • $27.5B highway • 30% suballocated to regions and localities • $8.4B transit ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • $150M EDA • $1B CDBG • $2B Neighborhood Stabilization Program • $3.95B Workforce Investment Act Training and Employment Services • $2.5B Rural Broadband Infrastructure Development ENVIRONMENT • $1.38B Rural Water & Waste Disposal Direct loans/grants • $3.2B Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) • $4B CWSRF; $2B DWSRF • $100M Brownfields

  10. National Snapshot • State, local and regional ARRA experiences range from very collaborative to not collaborative at all • Connecticut DOT hasn’t engaged the regions at all • Missouri DOT engaged the MPOs only after information was leaked to local newspapers • FL holding regular meetings with COGs and MPOs – as well as municipalities • TX met regularly with COGs and municipalities to prioritize projects • Regional and Local leadership highlighted in many examples – lots of public involvement in some cases • Many ARRA Czars to handle recovery efforts and act as a point of contact

  11. Regional Example - CA • California - An example unlike any other • CA’s state law further redistributes federal transportation money • CA State Legislature contemplating further legislation to handle ARRA • Caltrans has been actively engaging the MPOs and rural areas since 11/08, but they’re required to by State law • CA following all of the normal processes for public comment, NEPA, etc.

  12. Regional Example – Kansas City • MARC has been maintaining a public database of projects since 12/08 • Publicized on their webpage (much like is called for under ARRA’s reporting requirements) • Received many comments from public • Including citizens in process

  13. Audience Participation • How are MA municipalities being included? • Are you involved in the process? • Is there a good mix of rural and urban? • What is the initial reaction to monies spent? SHARE YOUR STORY!

  14. Where do we go from here? • Budget Resolution & Appropriations • Transportation Authorization – SAFETEA-LU expires September 2009 • Climate Change – Waxman-Markey bill • EDA Reauthorization • Livable Communities initiative • Water & Wastewater funding bill(s)

  15. Questions? Comments?

  16. Economic Recovery Discussions Continue… Please Join Us!

  17. National Association of Regional Councils202-986-1032 (T) • 202-986-1038 (F) • www.NARC.org THANK YOU ! For more information, please contact: Shannon Menard Policy Manager shannon@NARC.org, X 217