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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law on February 17, 2009.   ARRA is intended to “jump start” the nation’s economy through a series of government funding spending initiatives that will create jobs. One portion of the bill addresses funding of public infrastructure projects. Projects that receive Recovery Act funding will have a short time frame to go to construction and will be subject to strict reporting requirements for transparency and accountability. Thus, project readiness was a key factor in identification of regional project priorities.

Transportation Projects

Within the PAG region $34.8 million was made available for “local” jurisdiction projects (Table 1) and $46.6 million for projects on the state highway system (Table 2). All projects must be located on the federal aid highway system; thus many local streets are not eligible for this funding.

In addition to this roadway funding, the region will receive additional funds for transit projects. The region will receive at least $16.02 million in transit funds but is eligible and will apply for additional transit funds. Table 3 identifies transit projects for which the region will seek funding.

On a statewide basis, over $15.6 was set aside for Transportation Enhancement projects. The Transportation Enhancements program was first established by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991 and continued in subsequent reauthorization bills. Transportation Enhancement (TE) activities are federally funded, community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure.  These statewide TE funds will be distributed to previously approved TE projects that could be "shovel ready" within the time requirements of the ARRA. Three projects in our region, listed in table 4, will receive ARRA TE funds for a total of $1.356 million.

Click on the link below to see a list of projects in the PAG region that will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: 

Quick Links

Information about the American Recovery and Reinvesment Act:

Governor Brewer's Office of Economic Recovery:

How to find out about funding opportunitities through the U.S. Department of Energy:

Key Provisions Benefiting the Solar Energy Industry in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provided by SEIA:

 

Status Reports

Status reports that must be filed as part of the requirement for receiving ARRA funding will be posted below as they are filed.

 

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