FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE UPDATES
The League’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Web page can be accessed at www.tml.org, by clicking on “Federal Stimulus Information.” Since last week’s TML Legislative Update, various information on the TML Web page has been updated, including information relating to additional guidance released by various agencies on ARRA programs, and information about the redesign of the Texas comptroller’s recovery Web site. According to the comptroller’s office, the new site “offers Texans an in-depth and transparent look at the federal stimulus dollars coming to our state.”
In addition, the Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) and the Rural Alliance for Renewable Energy (RARE) will hold a workshop on energy projects for rural Texas. The workshop will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, in Austin. Speakers at the workshop will include representatives of the State Energy Conservation Office, which will administer much of the stimulus money for energy projects in Texas. ORCA and RARE encourage local officials from rural cities to participate in the workshop. For more details on the workshop, please visit http://www.orca.state.tx.us/.
Finally, the governor’s office asked the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC), along with several key state agencies, to assist in planning and facilitating ongoing efforts to keep the state informed about ARRA opportunities. TARC has scheduled an ARRA information forum in Austin on Thursday, May 7, 2009, to provide an update. The meeting will be held in Room JHR 140, John H. Reagan Building, located at 15th and Congress, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Speakers will include representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Office of Rural Community Affairs, the Office of the Comptroller-State Energy Conservation Office, and the Office of the Governor.
League staff will continue to monitor the implementation of the ARRA.