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Helping Rural America Win Federal TIGER Grants

The first of two webinars designed to help rural communities take advantage of the Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants will take place Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. EDT.

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USDOT announced on July 1, 2011, that it would offer a third round of the popular TIGER grants, which fund innovative, job-creating transportation projects. The $141 million set aside for rural communities represents nearly 27 percent of the total $526.944 million DOT is authorized to distribute through the program.

The outreach effort to support rural communities in submitting strong applications for this funding is supported by a number of organizations, including Reconnecting America, the American Public Transportation Association, the National Association of Development Organizations, the National League of Cities, PolicyLink, Rural Assembly, Smart Growth America, and Transportation for America.

Webinar speakers will include

  • Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at USDOT, will present overivew of TIGER.
  • Alia Anderson, Program and Policy Associate at Reconnecting America, will discuss past innovative rural transportation projects.
  • Courtney Payne, a Government Services Specialist at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, will showcase a successful rural.