By Daniel C. Vock JANUARY 24, 2023
A Biden administration official had some advice for city leaders seeking funding for projects under the latest federal infrastructure law. A top Biden administration transportation official offered mayors tips for how to secure some of the billions of dollars in grants available to their cities under the federal infrastructure law. Christopher Coes, the assistant secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, encouraged the city leaders to show how their plans for spending the grants would improve racial equity and address other top priorities of the Democratic administration. Taking racial equity and climate change into consideration have been the “invisible hand within the [transportation] department but also across our sister agencies,” Coes told officials at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. President Biden signed executive orders that established those priorities on his first day in office, Coes noted.
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