On November 15th, 2021, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – a bill providing funding to states, tribal governments, and local governments to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails; expand access to clean drinking water; ensure that every American has access to
high-speed internet; to tackle the climate crisis and advance environmental justice, while investing in communities – both urban and rural.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is designed to:
The programs established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provide a variety of infrastructure-related funding opportunities for local governments. Some of these are administered through the state while others (namely Safe Streets and the competitive EV charging stations program) are direct grants. Below are some helpful resources for community leaders.
Helpful Resources for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – Information sheet with links to useful resources
Local Funding Opportunities Through the BIL – Webinar explaining state administration of BIL programs and projects
Coordination with the State BIL Team and your regional Council of Government, as well as any other relevant state agencies, is encouraged.
Connecticut Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Team – In December of 2021, Governor Ned Lamont named Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Mark Boughton as his senior advisor for infrastructure. In this role, Commissioner Boughton acts as the Lamont administration’s senior voice on infrastructure, and he coordinates multi-agency approaches to administering funds from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Team meets with representatives of municipalities to discuss potential infrastructure projects.
Councils of Government– Connecticut has nine regional planning councils. The planning regions provide a geographic framework within which municipalities can jointly address common interests, and coordinate such interests with state plans and programs.
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities– CCM is the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, representing towns and cities of all sizes from all corners of the state, with 168 member municipalities