The City Strives to Fund Projects with Significant Community Impact
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. This $787.2 billion measure is the largest single infusion of spending into the economy in American history.
The City of Rochester is working with our Congressional delegation and with Governor Paterson's office to ensure that the direct aid to states is deployed to capital improvement programs in the Rochester area that provide the most economic benefit to the region. The stimulus package has the potential to positively impact all aspects of City operations and services, through several channels.
The City of Rochester received over $9 million in Federal Highway Administration Funding for transportation projects. Projects were chosen based upon their readiness for construction this season, their cost effectiveness, and their regional significance. The City prepared a list of possible projects and submitted it to the Genesee Transportation Council, the regional agency in control of disbursing federal transportation money. Tier 1 projects are ones that received immediate funding. Tier 2 projects may be funded if/when additional funds become available (either from funds unused by other local governments or from additional Federal disbursements). Tier 1 projects total $13,990,685.
View a complete listing of Tier 1 City infrastructure improvement and reconstruction projects funded by the stimulus.
Energy Efficiency Projects
New Federal programs such as the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBC) also brought the area additional funding. The City of Rochester has secured over $2 million in EECBG funding. Stay tuned for a complete project listing.
Community Development and Housing Projects
Increases in current Federal formula programs such as Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), brought the City $2.6 million. Another $4 million was secured from Homeless Prevention and Emergency Shelter Grants. Stay tuned for a complete project listing associated with these funds.