White House releases guidebook for communities to benefit from Infrastructure Law

Feb. 1, 2022

Guidebook contains information on more than 375 programs included in the new infrastructure law

The White House this week released the first edition of a guidebook to help state and local governments unlock the benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

The guidebook contains information on more than 375 programs included in the IIJA. The White House said the guidebook serves as a roadmap to the funding available under the law, as well as an explanatory document that shows direct federal spending at the program level.

“This resource is a critical part of our extensive outreach to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to ensure the people of America can benefit from this once-in-a-generation investment,” Mitch Landrieu, White House Senior Advisor & Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, said in a statement. “Building a better America is a shared endeavor no one can do alone, and investing infrastructure dollars will require significant coordination between the federal government, cities, states, tribal governments, community members, and other key partners. Our primary goal is to empower people across the country with information, so they know what to apply for, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild.”

Each chapter of the guidebook contains a cover note explaining how communities can get ready to receive the funding from the federal government. 

Since President Biden signed the infrastructure law in November, more than $80 billion has been allocated to states from formula and competitive programs for roads and highways, bridges, ports, airports, and water systems, according to the White House.

The $1 trillion infrastructure law includes $550 billion in new federal spending over five years—including $110 billion in roads, bridges, and major projects; $66 billion in passenger and freight rail; $39 billion to modernize and expand transit systems; and $7.5 billion to build a national network of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.


SOURCE: The White House