Aging Infrastructure Spending and Tight Budgets Require Creative Funding

It is no surprise to local leaders that federal and state aging infrastructure spending has been dropping for years. However, cities are still faced with the issue of funding maintenance and rehabilitation – and sometimes expansion – of important infrastructure. As our aging infrastructure reaches the end of its usable lifespan and the responsibility for […]

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Building a Stronger America With the EPA and You

President Trump is inviting local and state governments to “Build a Stronger America” through investment in infrastructure. The president’s plan is to spur $1.5 trillion in investment by distributing $200 million in matching grants, while putting decision making into state and local hands, streamlining permitting and removing regulatory barriers. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew […]

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Three Ways Scranton Is Rebuilding Its Legacy

Bill Eller, Vice President of Business Development recently contributed an article to the NLC’s Love My City campaign about the three ways Scranton, Pennsylvania is rebuilding its legacy. As the National League of Cities gives member cities across the country some much-deserved love with the Love My City campaign, the NLC Service Line Warranty Program would like to […]

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What Royalty Payments Can Do For Your City

Partnering with Utility Service Partners, Inc., a HomeServe company, to offer the NLC Service Line Warranty Program educates homeowners about their service line responsibilities and enhances their peace of mind. As part of the partnership, municipalities can receive royalty payments, which are often used to fund important community programs. In Evansville, Ill., the Evansville Water and […]

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Cottage Grove Council Acts to Offer Residents Optional Protection

Cottage Grove, Oregon, the state’s Covered Bridge Capitol, boasts many beautiful older homes in quiet neighborhoods. The city’s so picturesque that it’s been selected as an All-American City, Green Power Community and Tree City USA. However, those beautiful old homes may be hiding an ugly surprise – one that city officials are determined to counteract. […]

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Vulnerable Populations Important for Fair Housing Policy

In recognition of Fair Housing Month, Christie Myers, Managing Director of Opportunity Dallas, addresses the importance of fair housing policy and practice to vulnerable populations. “Fair housing practices help people understand what it means to be a welcoming and vibrant neighborhood. The ideas, connections, and sense of pride that are found in diverse and open […]

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Aging Infrastructure Leads to Lost Money and Public Health Concerns

It is no secret that our country’s aging infrastructure is worsening, and that there is no one guiding agency or overall plan to address myriad issues from crumbling water pipes to inflow and infiltration overloading storm and wastewater sewers. Lead and Asbestos Even as headlines warn of public health crises such as lead in Flint, […]

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Infrastructure Needs and Stretched Budgets Addressed by P3s

Our infrastructure is aging, our national deficit growing and our tax revenue just isn’t up to the task – not without politically unpopular and potentially devastating increases. So public-private partnerships, or P3s, are a way to stretch those tax dollars to make necessary repairs or upgrades, addressing infrastructure needs. P3s are designed so the cost of the project […]

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Water Infrastructure Crisis: Data in the Six Pillar Solution – A Message from John Kitzie, CEO

In a previous newsletter we introduced the idea of Six Pillars that must be addressed to reverse the dire state of America’s water infrastructure. The solution lies in leadership and a plan that addresses these many challenges comprehensively. Pillar #1 was Education. Pillar #2 is Data. Aging water infrastructure, conflicting priorities, and thin budgets continue to challenge water […]

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The Fallout From Service Line Failures

Water damage to a home, whether from a sewer backup or an interior plumbing problem, is not something to take lightly – and, in some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover not only the plumbing, but the water damage to the home, unless the homeowner has purchased specific coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In […]

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