he historic passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in late 2021 provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for municipal governments of different sizes to invest in their communities and attend to their capital and infrastructure needs.The American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE)gave America’s local infrastructure an overall grade of C-in its 2021 report, highlighting the grim reality that crumbling city infrastructure is in dire need of repair and replacement.’ Among other factors,NLC’s years of advocacy for infrastructure investment in our cities,towns and villages led to the passage of llJA,also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL),which will bring about an infrastructure decade of sufficient maintenance and investment in our nation’s roads,bridges, broadband and water and sewer systems for generations to come.
and state grants as part of the BIL and other programs. In fact, funding infrastructure is the most-discussed topic in this year’s sample of state of the city addresses,with more than 17 percent of all infrastructure discussions revolving around this subtopic. A lot of municipal governments are funneling money (including ARPA,BIL,RAISE and other federal/state grants)into their capital spending and infrastructure projects. Cities are investing capital funds in a wide range of both maintenance and construction projects, including parks and recreation facilities,broadband and fiber optic equipment and systems,roads and bridges, bike trails and pedestrian infrastructure,water and sewer systems,transportation,water treatment and reclamation and public transit. Carson,CA is investing $17.7million of its ARPA funds into parks and recreation facilities,broadband infrastructure and small business assistance. Charleston, WV plans to invest more than$1.75million of a RAISE grant it received in revitalizing its waterfront and other ‘shovel-ready’projects. In his 2022
More than ever before,city leaders and mayors are engaging in a dialogue about the ways in which they can meet their long overdue capital and infrastructure needs and find ways to implement forthcoming federal
annualstate of the city address, Mayor Bill Droste of Rosemount,MN talked about President Biden’s recent visit to his town and howBILmoneycouldfundthecity’swater treatment plant or railroad overpass projects. Water treatment and sewage maintenance are other major topics highlighted by mayors in their annual state of the city addresses. Cities like Aiken,SC and Fargo,ND are building new water treatment plants using modern technology to meet growing demands in their communities. In his 2022 annual address, Mayor Timothy Mahoney of Fargo highlighted that the construction of his community’s Red River Valley water supply project is well underway. Upon completion, this critical “drought-mitigating”piece of infrastructure will be able to transport over 70,000 gallons of water per minute to the city from Western North Dakota,spanning nearly 170 miles.
Other communities like Cleveland,TN and East Grand Rapids,MI are in the process of renovating their dated sewer and stormwater