Oct 29, 2009
Federal Stimulus Sourcebook
Contact Christopher D. Lloyd for more information
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - also known as the federal stimulus bill. The legislation offers numerous tax breaks and outlines spending plans that directly impact economic development and infrastructure development. This site provides links to information about the stimulus package, particularly its implementation and how funds will be allocated across the states in the McGuireWoods Consulting footprint.
The federal government has also put information about the package at http://www.recovery.gov/
For a copy of the final legislation as signed by President Obama - go to http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h1enr.pdf
The Office of Management and Budget has released guidelines for federal agencies related to the mechanics of the act, including initial guidance on contract procedures - go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_fy2009/m09-10.pdf
Funding opportunities can be found here: https://www.fbo.gov/index?cck=1&au=&ck=
McGuireWoods Consulting in the News
An April 6, 2009 Virginian-Pilot article reports on a forum hosted by McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting on how businesses can use stimulus funds to create jobs in Virginia - http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/how-local-businesses-can-tap-stimulus-funds
An April 19, 2009 article in the Greensboro News & Record quotes Chris Lloyd of the McGuireWoods Consulting Business Expansion team describing the difficulties localities face trying to obtain stimulus funds - http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/04/18/article/stimulus_cash_hunt_baffles
The Federal Transit Administration released a notice on March 24, 2009 announcing a new $100 million grant program for public transportation projects that reduce a transit system's greenhouse gas emissions or lower the system's energy use - go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-6420.pdf
On April 16, 2009, President Obama released a plan for high-speed rail in the U.S. Go to - http://www.fra.dot.gov/Downloads/RRdev/hsrstrategicplan.pdf for a copy of the strategic plan that names the rail corridors eligible for stimulus funding.
The Secretary of Transportation's office published an interim notice announcing funding availability and criteria on competitive grants for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects on May 18, 2009 - go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-11542.pdf
The Department of Energy lists links to funding opportunities under the ARRA on its website - go to http://www.energy.gov/recovery/funding.htm
The General Services Administration plans to spend about $5.5 billion in stimulus funds on government buildings. The District of Columbia would be the top beneficiary, according to Washington Business Journal: http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/03/30/daily60.html
Water and Wastewater
The EPA recently issued information and guidelines on how the agency will award and administer clean water and drinking water state revolving fund capitalization grants - go to http://www.wef.org/GovernmentAffairs/StimulusFunding/index.htm
The ARRA also included $150 million through the Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist economically distressed communities with infrastructure and planning. Grant applications and criteria can be found at http://www.eda.gov/PDF/FY09ARRAFFOFINAL031309.pdf
The NIH has released information on new grant funding opportunities - go to http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/
Interim final guidance for "Buy America" provisions of the ARRA has been issued by the OMB - go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-9073.pdf
The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce announced July 1, 2009 that $4 billion in ARRA funding is available to bring broadband service to unserved and underserved communities - go to http://www.commerce.gov/NewsRoom/PressReleases_FactSheets/PROD01_008136 for the announcement.
Go to - http://broadbandusa.sc.egov.usda.gov/files/BB%20NOFA%20FINAL%20with%20disclaimer_1.pdf - for the Notice of Funding Availability.
In Virginia, the Governor's office and the General Assembly are in the process of determining how the federal stimulus funds will be allocated. The following sites are links to guidance documents or presentations outlining anticipated uses of the funds.
Governor Tim Kaine's office has started a website for posting of potential stimulus projects and formed a working group to evaluate projects submitted on the website - go to http://stimulus.virginia.gov/
On March 30, 2009, Governor Kaine announced updates to Virginia's stimulus website, including information on competitive grant resources - go to http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=912
Governor Kaine issued a press release on July 20, 2009 announcing that more than $1billion in stimulus funds have been allocated in Virginia: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=998
A presentation from the Virginia Educational Facility Planners 2009 Annual Conference on how the federal stimulus package will affect Virginia schools can be found here: http://www.mwcllc.com/assets/20090305095136_38_EVTATTACHED.ppt
On March 6, 2009, Governor Kaine announced the allocation of $1.6 billion of stimulus funds to education, transportation, and public safety - go to http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=890
For a May 18, 2009 article in the Virginian-Pilot discussing the use of education stimulus funds in Hampton Roads go here: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/stimulus-funds-begin-trickle-s-hampton-roads-schools
A chart detailing the distribution of education funds in Virginia can be found here: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/school-stimulus-funding
For a June 16, 2009 presentation on how stimulus funds have helped to lower college tuition and fee increases for 2009-10, go to http://hac.state.va.us/Committee/files/2009/06-16-09/SCHEV.pdf
Go to - http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/education/2009%20Interim%20Mtgs/October%2016/No%201%20ARRA.pdf - for an October 16, 2009 Senate Finance Education Subcommittee meeting presentation on stimulus funding for education in Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Transportation offered tentative guidance on potential fund uses in February 2009. Presentations can be found here: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2009/cm_Final_Stimulus_Bill_021309.pdf
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation issued a press release detailing rail and transit funding in the stimulus and the process for funding projects in Virginia on - go to http://www.drpt.virginia.gov/news/rssmore1.aspx
For a March 18, 2009 VDOT presentation on highway funding under the ARRA go to -http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2009/2A_stimulus_3-18-09.pdf
A DRPT presentation on transit and rail funding under the ARRA can be found at http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2009/2B_ARRA_March_18_00.pdf
On March 18, 2009, the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a list of MPO projects for funding under the ARRA - go to http://hrmpo.org/MTG_AGNDS/HRMPO/2009/03_09/ARRA-RegionalProjectsForRSTPFunding.pdf
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer offered an update on transportation stimulus funds on April 2, 2009 - go to http://dls.state.va.us/GROUPS/transaccount/meetings/040209/recovery.pdf
A list of potential public transportation, bridge, and pavement projects can be found at http://dls.state.va.us/GROUPS/transaccount/meetings/040209/projects.pdf
In an April 6, 2009 letter, Sec. Homer provided lists of potential transportation projects to be paid for with stimulus funds, including potential highway construction, congestion relief, and economic development projects - go to http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/040809%20Meeting/V%20Secretary%20Homer%20presentation.pdf
A VDOT presentation from the April 15, 2009 Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting can be found at http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2009/cm_6A_4_15_009.pdf
Sec. Homer provided the House Appropriations Committee with an update on the allocation of transportation stimulus funds on May 12, 2009 - go to http://hac.state.va.us/Committee/files/2009/05-12-09/III-ARRA_Transportation_Overview--05-12-09--color.pdf
Sec. Homer gave a presentation to the Senate Finance Committee on May 21, 2009 - go to http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/052109%20Meeting/4.a%20Homer%20-%20ARRA%20-%202nd%20Round%20overview%20(05-21-09).pdf
The Commonwealth Transportation Board heard a presentation on additional stimulus highway project recommendations on June 17, 2009: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2009/cm_6_ARRA_June_17_09.pdf
Sec. Homer updated the Senate Finance Committee on June 18, 2009: http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/061809%20Meeting/V.%20%20Sec%20Transp%206-18-09%20Senate%20Finance.pdf
See the attachment at the bottom of this page for the FY10-15 Six Year Improvement Program
On March 20, 2009, Governor Kaine issued a certification to the Department of Energy so the state can obtain stimulus funds for energy projects - go to http://www.stimulus.virginia.gov/docs/Energy_Certification_Letter.pdf
The Governor's Energy Policy Advisory Council met on April 23, 2009 to discuss how the state will distribute stimulus funds designated for energy projects.
DMME announced on May 12, 2009 that Virginia's application for $70 million in ARRA State Energy Program funds has been submitted to the Department of Energy. Virginia will also apply in June for $16.1 million to support energy efficiency programs under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. For details on how Virginia plans to spend ARRA funds, go to - http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/arra1.shtml
On June 24, 2009, DMME gave an update on energy programs in the stimulus - http://dls.state.va.us/GROUPS/energy/meetings/062409/Christopher.pdf
The Department of Energy approved Virginia's proposal for a $16.1 million allocation for Virginia's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program on September 24, 2009. The program will fund energy-related projects for eligible local governments. DMME announced it will begin accepting applications in October.
For the EECBG application, go to - http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/ARRA-Public/EECBGApplication.pdf
For application guidelines, go to - http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/ARRA-Public/EECBGApplGuidelines.pdf
On October 6, 2009, Governor Kaine announced the 2009-2010 Biomass Energy Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million for the installation, demonstration, or commercializaton of qualifying biomass or waste-to-energy technologies and applications in commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities.
The Biomass Energy Grant Program application and application guidance can be found here - http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/ARRA-Public/SEPProgramGrant.shtml
On October 14, 2009, Governor Kaine announced the availability of $119 million in ARRA bond authorizations for local school districts to finance energy efficiency improvements and renovations: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=1114
Water and Wastewater
On February 20, 2009, the Department of Environmental Quality hosted a conference call to detail the potential uses of Clean Water Revolving Fund - go to http://www.deq.virginia.gov/cap/announcement.html.
For information about eligible drinking water construction projects - go to http://www.vdh.state.va.us/DrinkingWater/financial/dwfundingprogramdetails.htm
On March 25, 2009, DEQ released a draft project priority list for the $77 million in Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund: http://www.deq.state.va.us/export/sites/default/cap/documents/Stimulus_FY_09_WEB_ATTACHMENT_B.pdf
DEQ Director David Paylor gave an update to the Senate Finance Committee on the distribution of ARRA funds for Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund projects on May 21, 2009 - go to http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/052109%20Meeting/2.ARRA%20Funding%20for%20Water%20Quality.pdf
On February 24, 2009, Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra held an informal meeting regarding health information technology in the stimulus bill. On Wednesday, March 4, Virginia will launch a new website - the Health IT Spotlight (HITS) - that will offer guidance on health IT projects. To view presentations and related documents go to http://www.technology.virginia.gov/
The Pentagon recently released plans for spending ARRA funds, including upgrades and repairs to military facilities in Hampton Roads - go to http://hamptonroads.com/2009/03/table-stimulus-money-military-facilities-hampton-roads
For a June 18, 2009 presentation on bond programs in the stimulus - go to http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/061809%20Meeting/II.%20Policy-Treasury%20Recovery%20Act%20Implementation%20Update%20%20-%20June%202009.pdf
On September 10, 2009, Gov. Kaine announced the allocation of $71.6 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds for eight projects in seven localities - go to http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=1063
For a presentation by McGuireWoods on procedures and deadlines for localities to use their Recovery Zone Bond allocations, as well as project verification report and notice of intent - go to http://www.mcguirewoods.com/news-resources/item.asp?item=4290
See the attachment at the bottom of this page for an RFP for a broadband services provider to work with Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and Member Counties on an application for broadband infrastructure funding.
Presentations and Articles
The likely uses of federal stimulus funds in Virginia were summarized in a presentation to the House Appropriations Committee on February 16, 2009 - go to http://hac.state.va.us/Committee/files/2009/02-16-09/Recovery_and_Reinvestment-Act_Summary--02-16-09.pdf
Updates on the stimulus were later provided in presentations to the Senate Finance Committee on April 8, 2009 - go to http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/040809%20Meeting/III%20%20%20%20Overview%20of%20ARRA%20B.%20Daley.pdf
The House Appropriations Committee received another update on the allocation and status of stimulus funds on May 12, 2009 - go to http://hac.state.va.us/Committee/files/2009/05-12-09/II-Economic_Stimulus--05-12-09.pdf
An article in the Virginian-Pilot reveals the steps some local governments are taking to track and prepare for stimulus funds: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/03/now-weve-got-stimulus-what-do-money
Another Virginian-Pilot article reports on an April forum on the stimulus hosted by McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/how-local-businesses-can-tap-stimulus-funds
For an October 22, 2009 update to the Senate Finance Committee on the use of ARRA funds in Virginia - go to http://sfc.state.va.us/pdf/committee_meeting_presentations/2009/Interim%20Meetings/102209%20Meeting/No%202%20Economic%20Stimulus%20Presentation.pdf
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has also created an Office of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment to help coordinate uses of the funds in the Tarheel State - go to http://www.governor.state.nc.us/NewsItems/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?newsItemID=75.
On February 27, 2009 Governor Perdue launched a new website - www.NCRecovery.gov - that will serve as a resource for citizens who want to learn more about available grants and contracts in the stimulus.
An April 19, 2009 article in the Greensboro News & Record describes the difficulties localities face trying to obtain stimulus funds - http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/04/18/article/stimulus_cash_hunt_baffles
On February 17, 2009, the North Carolina Department of Transportation issued the following release about the funding for all transportation modes - go to https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/pio/releases/details.aspx?r=2469.
A tentative list of "shovel ready" projects for NCDOT can be found at http://www.ncdot.org/about/finance/federalstimulus/
On February 24, 2009, Governor Perdue and NCDOT released an updated list of transportation projects likely to be funded by the stimulus package along with a bid schedule - go to http://www.wral.com/asset/traffic/2009/02/25/4609305/DOT_Stimulus_Projects.pdf
Water and Wastewater
For information on North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources plans for use of water and wastewater funds - go to http://www.nccgl.net/Stimulus.html
For information on North Carolina Clean Water State Revolving Fund stimulus projects, including a draft rating system and draft intended use plan see: http://www.nccgl.net/Stimulus/NC%20ARRA%20State%20Project%20List%20March%209%202009.pdf
For information about Recovery Zone Bonds go to - http://www.nccommerce.com/en/BusinessServices/LocateYourBusiness/WhyNC/Incentives/
Governor Martin O'Malley has moved quickly to allocate the stimulus funds to help close the budget gap - go to http://www.governor.maryland.gov/pressreleases/090214.asp.
Governor O'Malley has also created a website - http://www.statestat.maryland.gov/recovery.asp - so citizens can track Maryland's stimulus funds.
Recovery Act opportunities in Maryland can be found here: http://doit.maryland.gov/sites/opportunity/pages/soshome.aspx
Maryland is putting a special emphasis on using the monies to meet pressing transportation needs. These programs will be implemented through the Maryland Department of Transportation - go to http://www.governor.maryland.gov/pressreleases/090218.asp
Transportation projects funded through the ARRA have begun in Maryland - http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/commuting/bal-md-stimulus0825,0,1834173.story
Governor Sonny Perdue has launched a website to show how stimulus funds will be allocated in Georgia - go to http://stimulus.georgia.gov/02/gov/stimulus/home/0,2804,134245182,00.html;jsessionid=973354D4C7CD3A09D86DE21996F7E613
Governor Perdue named Sid Johnson as Director of Stimulus Accountability - go to http://blogs.ajc.com/gold-dome-live/2009/08/18/sid-johnson-named-as-georgias-new-federal-stimulus-chief/
The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing a list of highway projects eligible for stimulus funding - go to http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/programs/transportation/gastimulus/pages/default.aspxThe
The Department of Transportation says the stimulus money will be spent quickly - http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/03/01/dot_stimulus_georgia.html
For a list of transportation projects certified to receive stimulus funding, go to - http://gov.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_79369762/138145021Stimulus%20Cert%20Spreadsheet.pdf
Like Virginia, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has started a website allowing suggestions from the public for uses of the stimulus package - go to http://recovery.illinois.gov/
The Illinois Department of Transportation assembled a list of "shovel ready" projects which can be found at http://www.dot.il.gov/stimulus/April_Letting_List_With_Letter.pdf
More general information about the implementation of the stimulus package for transportation is at http://www.dot.il.gov/stimulus/index.html
Other useful sites providing information
For a list of state stimulus websites - go to http://www.cdfa.net/cdfa/cdfaweb.nsf/pages/statestimuluswebsites.html
A recent article outlined the likely schedule for distribution of broadband funding and some of the procedural issues involved - go to http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2009/02/23/telecom-broadband-stimulus.aspx
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has established a web page to provide information about the stimulus: http://www.mwcog.org/publications/recovery/#Updates