EPA Awards $12.7 Million to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

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EPA Awards $12.7 Million to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners. More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems…

EDA Issues Final Rule for the Regional Innovation Series Program

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued a final rule applicable to the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program last Thursday. Launched in 2014, EDA through its RIS Program, awards grants for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support to organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to…

Seeking Comments on Local Wireless Facilities

Before the holidays, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice seeking comments on local wireless facilities siting policies as they apply to small cell infrastructure. Local government groups are concerned that a petition filed by Mobilitie, a wireless infrastructure provider, would substantially limit cities’ authority over public rights of way and ability to…

Tax Exemption for Municipal Bonds

As the new administration and Congress take office and highlight tax reform on their agenda, state and local governments have joined together to encourage continued support for tax-exempt municipal bonds amid fears that this key infrastructure finance tool might again be targeted as a source of revenue. NARC has joined with the Public Finance Network…

ETCOG Awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting for Fifteenth Consecutive Year

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 2015. This certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting…

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