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What ARRA means for the National Capital Region: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has established this online center to provide its members with a central place to obtain the information necessary to maximize the benefit of the federal stimulus dollars. This is a defining time in our history and the actions we take now will determine the region’s ability to emerge stronger and more competitive. COG will be working with locally elected and appointed officials and other stakeholders to develop an action plan that provides a regional approach to programs aimed at neighborhood stabilization, transportation infrastructure, and energy efficiency.

This online center will explore Regional Focus Areas receiving stimulus funds, including Energy, Water, Housing and Community Development, and Transportation. For each of these, we will provide a brief overview of the stimulus package’s provisions and goals for that focus area, including grant deadlines and links to additional sources of information.

We will also provide a more in-depth description of any initiatives that COG will be pursuing within that focus area.

COG's ARRA Regional Action Plan includes:

  • Assisting area governments in identifying ARRA information, deadlines and funding opportunities,
  • Convening government officials and other stakeholders to identify and share best practices for ARRA investments and programs; and
  • Identifying and seeking opportunities to leverage ARRA funding for regional and/or COG-led projects.

COG's ARRA Initiatives:

Regional Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Pilot Rapid Transit Program

Regional Home Energy Conservation Program

Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

Transportation Electrification Project

Alternative Fuels Clean Cities Project

Updated information will be added frequently. To stay up to date, subscribe to the e-mail list to receive notification of any new or more detailed information.

 Regional Focus Areas

Housing & Community Development
Employment & Training

ARRA Updates & Documents
Where Did Recovery Act Green Jobs, Health Care Grant Awards Go? A report by the National Skills Coalition
COG's ARRA Update: November (PDF)
ProPublica’s Unofficial Guide to Recovery.gov
Brookings' Assessment of COG's Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Overview of the American Recovery Act from the D.C. Mayor's Office
TPB Votes to Submit Application for Stimulus-Funded Priority Bus Network
COG's ARRA Update: July (PDF)
Metropolitan Washington Area Submits Regional NSP2 Application

Access previous documents at the Stimulus Update Archive

 Stimulus in the News

Stimulus Spending Update: $324 Billion of Recovery Act Funds Spent
Holding back job growth? Workers' awesome output
March 2010 — The Landscape of Recession: Unemployment and Safety Net Services Across Urban and Suburban America

Stimulus Spending Cracks 40 Percent
Maryland wins $9.3M in stimulus funds for e-health records
Senate Acknowledges Need for More Accountability on Stimulus
Stimulus as Policy Lab

Access previous articles at the Stimulus News Archive

 Additional Resources

Recovery.gov | Official Web site of the ARRA
ARRA Tracking Maps | Track Stimulus-Funded Projects by State

Recovery.dc.gov | Washington, D.C.'s Official ARRA Web site
Recovery.maryland.gov | Maryland's Official ARRA Web site
Stimulus.virginia.gov | Virginia's Official ARRA Web site

Grants.gov | Official Grant Information and Deadlines Source
VML | Stimulus Information
VACo | Stimulus Information
MML | Stimulus Update
MACo | Economic Recovery

U.S. Conference of Mayors | ARRA Tracking & Implementation Web site
D.C. Networks | Linking Washington to the Workplace

Alexandria | Official ARRA Web site

Arlington County | Official ARRA Web site
Fairfax County | Official ARRA Web site
Montgomery County | Official ARRA Web site

Prince William County | Official ARRA Web site
Rep. Gerald Connolly | Map of Projects and Programs in Virginia's 11th District
Rep. Jim Moran | Economic Recovery Information
Sen. Mark Warner | Economic Recovery Information
Rep. Chris Van Hollen | Economic Recovery Information
Sen. Ben Cardin | Economic Recovery Information

Contact information for state-specific ARRA information/initiatives:

Barbara Reese Deputy Policy Director, Office of the Governor, 804.786.2221

Eric Brenner Director, Governor’s Grants Office, 410.974.5090

District of Columbia:
Victor Prince Program Manager, CapStat, 202.478.9200

Stimulus information from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

The OMB published Implementing Guidance for ARRA, a detailed government-wide guidance for carrying out programs and activities enacted in the Recovery Act. This update supplements, amends, and clarifies the initial guidance issued by OMB from February 18, 2009. Updates to the guidance are based on ongoing input received from the public, Congress, local and state government officials, grant and contract recipients, and federal personnel.

ARRA Reporting. OMB is trying to streamline the system used to collect data on money spent through ARRA. OMB’s new plan includes a soon-to-be-launched Web portal, FederalReporting.gov, where contract or grant recipients will file reports listing the total funds received and spent, a list of projects funded, including location and expected completion date, and the jobs associated with each project. OMB reports that the centralized reporting site will lighten the reporting burden on recipients by simplifying reporting instructions and providing an easy-to-use way to submit data.

 Feedback and Contact Information

We hope that you find this online center to be a useful tool for implementing and monitoring stimulus funds. If you have any ideas for ways in which we can improve the site, please let us know by contacting Nicole Hange, COG's Policy Coordinator, via e-mail or phone: 202.962.3231.

*This page was most recently updated on April 26, 2010 at 2:40 p.m. EST.


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