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White House Rural Council Announces $10B Private Investment Fund for Job-Creating Infrastructure Projects in Rural America

The White House Rural Council last week announced a new effort to help finance job-creating infrastructure projects in rural America. The White House Rural Council created the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in infrastructure projects across the country. The initial $10 billion investment comes from CoBank, a national cooperative bank […]

President Signs WIOA into Law

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law a vital bipartisan workforce bill, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which will bolster job opportunities and economic activity throughout the country. The bill balances federal, state, and local interests that will move the nation’s workforce system into the 21st Century. The bill recently passed the U.S. Senate by […]

NARC Thanks House For Overwhelming Support of Workforce Legislation

Washington, DC (July 10, 2014) – The National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) President-Elect Byron Ryder, Judge, Leon County, TX today released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, amended HR 803), a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA): “NARC applauds […]

NARC Urges House to Pass WIA Reauthorization

NARC, along with The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) sent a letter to House leadership supporting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, H.R. 803, as passed […]

NARC Applauds Senate Passage of Critical Workforce Legislation; Calls on Swift House Action

NARC Executive Director Joanna Turner today released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, amended HR 803), a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA): “NARC applauds the Senate’s passage of [WIOA] this vital workforce bill, which will bolster job opportunities and economic activity throughout […]

NARC Supports Funding Increases in Senate Appropriations Debate

NARC sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee expressing appreciation for advancing the FY15 appropriations process and supporting increased funding for the Economic Development Administration in the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill, and for local and regional transportation and housing programs in the Transportation-HUD (THUD) appropriations bill. Both bills, which passed through Senate Appropriations subcommittees […]

NARC Urges Congressional Action on Workforce Bill

NARC sent a letter to Congressional workforce leaders supporting the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (amended HR 803). This bill is a reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, which expired in 2003, and provides for a strong and modernized workforce system through investment, preserved local governance and authority, added state and local flexibility, and […]

NARC Opposes Pompeo Economic Development Administration Elimination Amendment

Immediately Contact Your Member of Congress to Vote “No” Washington, DC (May 29, 2014) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Executive Director Joanna Turner, issued the following statement concerning Congressman Mike Pompeo’s (R-KS, 4) amendment to eliminate funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the fiscal year 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill. “NARC […]

NARC Summary of President’s FY2015 Budget Request

NARC has completed its summary of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request, which highlights core priorities for regions. In other budget news, appropriators in both Chambers of Congress have set their timetable for the FY15 appropriations process to be enacted before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Markups are […]

Senate Committee Approves Williams to Head EDA

In a quick vote on February 6, 2014, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to approve former Youngstown, Ohio Mayor Jay Williams to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Williams was considered by the Committee late last year, but no formal action was taken until now. His official nomination as […]

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