The federal recovery plan provides local governments, businesses, individuals, health care organizations and School Districts with much needed aid in the form of tax credits, grants and financing - all designed to create jobs and promote economic growth.
BROADBANDThe American Recovery and Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provided $7.2 billion to support broadband projects in the categories of comprehensive community infrastructure deployment; state broadband planning and mapping; public computer centers; and sustainable adoption programs. All awards were made by September 2010.
The commonwealth was successful in receiving over $36 million in broadband stimulus funding awards administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to support middle mile broadband infrastructure deployment, as well as broadband mapping and planning activities. These awards are discussed further below.
These federal investments complement and augment Pennsylvania Act 183 of 2004, which established one of the nation’s most aggressive broadband deployment commitments. Under this statute, all of Pennsylvania - even the most rural and remote areas – will have access to broadband service (defined as a minimum of 1.544 Mbps downstream and 128 Kbps upstream) no later than 2015. Act 183 also created state programs to expand connectivity for K-12 educational institutions, foster broadband adoption, and aggregate consumer demand. To learn more about Pennsylvania’s broadband initiatives, visit: www.broadbandinpa.com.
Additional broadband stimulus funding was awarded to other projects which are not led by the commonwealth, but will benefit Pennsylvania either entirely or in part.
BROADBAND MAPPING & PLANNING
On January 12, 2010, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was awarded $2.2 million by NTIA through the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) Program for broadband mapping and planning activities, which involve collecting broadband coverage data, developing a map depicting broadband availability, developing strategies to address gaps, identifying barriers to adoption, and implementing the commonwealth’s state broadband plan. The commonwealth then applied for supplemental funding and received an additional grant award of $5.1 million in September 2010 to support additional broadband planning and support activities and sustain the broadband mapping effort through December 2014.
Mapping Broadband Availability
Pennsylvania’s state broadband map was first launched in 2006 and significantly enhanced in 2010 through the use of federal ARRA funding. The current map accomplishes the parallel objectives of the SBDD Program and Act 183 of 2004. It includes information on broadband Internet providers, connection speeds, and community institutions, such as schools and libraries. Information is refreshed on a semi-annual basis and transmitted to NTIA every April and October for use on the National Broadband Map.
NTIA compiles the broadband coverage information collected by Pennsylvania and other states and territories and publishes for the National Broadband Map. This tool, launched in February 2011, enables the public to
search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States.
The data is refreshed on a semi-annual basis.
Pennsylvania’s State Broadband Plan identifies actions and key goals that must be achieved in order to provide access to high-capacity, affordable, reliable, and sustainable broadband services for all citizens, businesses, and institutions in Pennsylvania. Broadband stakeholders are encouraged to review the commonwealth’s plan.
In September 2010, the commonwealth hosted a statewide Broadband Summit to bring together national experts and stakeholders interested in advancing the broadband agenda in Pennsylvania. The two-day event included plenary and workshop presentations on a wide variety of topics, including broadband adoption, net neutrality, health information exchanges, public computing centers, and more. The event was very well attended, drawing over 300 attendees.
BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE DEPLOYMENT
Expanding Broadband Connectivity across Northern Pennsylvania
On February 18, 2010, the Governor’s Office of Administration was awarded $28.8 million by NTIA through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), to expand middle mile broadband infrastructure throughout northern Pennsylvania. The grant will be used to add broadband capacity to PA-STARNet, Pennsylvania’s statewide public safety radio network. That capacity will then be sold at competitive prices to local telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to serve citizens, schools, businesses, and other organizations. To learn more, please consult the project overview, fact sheet, and map.
The commonwealth is also now offering tower space rental to private companies, local governments, and others. Parties interested in such co-location opportunities should complete the following online form to get started.
Wed., Feb. 16, 2011
Pennsylvania to be Begin Leasing Space on Public Safety Radio Towers
Initiative Will Expand Access to technology, generate Revenue Learn boost broadband Internet access across the state. The award supplements $2.2 million in funds the state received in January. Learn more.
Thu., Sept. 30, 2010
Announces $5.1 Million in Federal Funds to Sustain Broadband Mapping Initiative and Foster Statewide Planning Effort
Pennsylvania will receive $5.1 million in federal Recovery Act funds to help boost broadband Internet access across the state. The award supplements $2.2 million in funds the state received in January. Learn more.
Thu., July 15, 2010
Pennsylvania to Host 2010 Broadband Summit
To move closer to its goal of making broadband available to every citizen, the commonwealth will host the 2010 Pennsylvania Broadband Summit on Sept. 20 and 21 in the Harrisburg area. Learn more.
Wed., June 23, 2010
DCED - Public Input Sought on Proposed Weatherization Plan Changes
Pennsylvanians are invited to offer feedback on proposed changes to the state’s weatherization program intended to better serve the public and help residents lower their energy bills, the Department of Community and Economic Development said today. View plan changes
Fri., June 18, 2010
Federal Recovery Act Funds Available to Train Professionals on Mental Health Procedures Act
Approximately $500,000 is available in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to support a specialized training curriculum on the Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976 for judges, law enforcement, psychologists, social workers and other professionals in the criminal justice system. Learn more. Apply (by July 19).
Fri., June 10, 2010
Applications for TIGER II Discretionary Grants Due Aug. 23
The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting applications for transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant. Learn more.
Thu., May 20, 2010
Vocational Rehabilitation Providers Can Apply for $3 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
The Department of Labor & Industry is offering $3 million in grants to foster the development of job creation projects to improve employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Learn more.
Fri., May 14, 2010
PA Recommends that Federal Government Award $108 million for Broadband Expansion Statewide
Pennsylvania has recommended 11 projects, totaling about $108 million, for federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to help expand broadband access in the state. Learn more.
Thu., May 13, 2010
Vocational Rehabilitation Providers Can Apply for $4.2 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
The Department of Labor & Industry is offering $4.2 million in grants fostering the development of new strategies and initiatives which will improve employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Grant applications are due by June 11. Learn more.
Changes to Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Plan Open for Comment; Public Hearing May 24
The commonwealth is taking comments on proposed changes to its weatherization state plan and will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 24. Learn more. View plans.
Free Workshops Planned for Veteran-, Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses to Participate in Recovery Act Opportunities
The departments of General Services and Environmental Protection will hold free workshops in May to help veteran-, minority- and women-owned small businesses to identify potential business opportunities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Learn more.
Fri., May 7, 2010
Meetings in Northern PA to Discuss Increased Broadband Availability to be held May 11-12
The Governor’s Office of Administration is hosting a series of meetings for community leaders, broadband providers, businesses, citizens and other interested organizations to learn more about the commonwealth’s plans to expand broadband access in 32 counties using a $28.8 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Learn more.
Wed., Apr. 21, 2010
DEP: Applications Now Accepted for Home Heating Equipment Rebates
Rebates are now available to help Pennsylvania residents conserve energy and save money by upgrading their home heating systems, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today. Learn more. Apply here.
Fri., Apr. 9, 2010
Proposals Sought for Health Information Exchange
The Department of General Services, on behalf of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform, recently issued a request for proposals to establish and operate Pennsylvania’s statewide Health Information Exchange (PHIX) to improve the quality of patient care. Learn more. View RFP. (Deadline is May 24, 2010)
Tue., Apr. 6, 2010
New Home Heating Equipment Rebate Program to Open April 21; Details Now Available Online
Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that a new rebate program designed to help consumers save money and energy by making it more affordable to upgrade a home heating system will open April 21. Learn more. Visit www.paheatingrebates.com.
Wed., Mar. 24, 2010
Schools Compete for Construction Funding
Pennsylvania schools have until April 1 to submit applications for the federal Qualified School Construction Bond Program (QSCB) and Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program (QZAB) funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Allocations will be awarded on a competitive basis. Learn more and apply (by April 1).
Tues., Mar. 23, 2010
PA to Invest Federal Recovery Act Funds to Create Safer, Stronger Communities through Weed and Seed Initiative
Pennsylvania is investing $1.36 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to help rid neighborhoods of crime and lay the groundwork for more socially and economically vibrant communities. Learn more. View guidelines and application. (Deadline: April 30).
Thu., Mar. 18, 2010
Education, Training Providers Invited to Apply for $4.6 Million for Green Job Training Opportunities
The Department of Labor & Industry is offering $4.6 million in grants to enable education and training providers to create green, regionally-focused training opportunities for unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers. View guidelines and application. (Due by April 28).
Tue., Mar. 9, 2010
Pennsylvania to Invest $2.6 Million in Federal Recovery Act Funds to Help Local Governments Improve Public Safety, Reduce Costs
In an effort to help financially struggling municipalities and counties enhance public safety, Pennsylvania is investing $2.6 million in federal Recovery Act funding to bolster local law enforcement efforts and reduce probation costs. Learn more. View guidelines and apply.
Fri., Mar. 5, 2010
Pennsylvania is Top-Ranked Large State for Delivering on Federal Recovery Program
Pennsylvania is the top-ranked large state – and ranks third overall – for the speed with which its Department of Transportation started and delivered projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a Congressional committee. Learn more.
Mon., Mar. 1, 2010
PCCD: Federal Recovery Act Funds Available to Support Mental Illness, Substance Abuse Services to Individuals in Criminal Justice System
Pennsylvania is making available $400,000 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to provide certified forensic peer support services to individuals within the criminal justice system who are suffering from mental illness, as well as psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Learn more.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2010
Departments of Public Welfare, Labor & Industry Use Federal Recovery Act Funds to Expand Job Program for Low-Income Pennsylvanians
Low-income Pennsylvanians will have greater access to training and employment services as the departments of Public Welfare and Labor & Industry partner in using federal Recovery Act funds to promote employment opportunities. Learn more. View Summer Youth Employment guidelines.
Thu., Feb. 25, 2010
Governor's Office of Health Care Reform Receives $17 Million from Recovery Act for Health Information Technology Expansion
The Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform has received more than $17 million in federal Recovery Act funds to help develop a health information “superhighway” to connect health care practitioners, patients, facilities and pharmacies through a secure network giving them the ability to have a complete record of a patient’s medical history. Learn more.
Tues., Feb. 23, 2010
Department of Labor & Industry Offers Recovery Act Grants for Vocational Training to Aid Pennsylvanians with Disabilities
Service providers interested in developing and conducting Adaptive Driving Evaluation and Training Services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities are encouraged to apply for grants from the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Learn more.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2010
Free Workshops Planned for Veteran-Owned Businesses to Participate in ARRA Opportunities
The Department of General Services and the Veterans Business Advocates Committee will hold free workshops to assist veteran-owned businesses in identifying business opportunities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA. The workshops will be held in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Erie at the following. Learn more.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2010Federal Recovery Act Funds Available to Train Victim Service Providers, Allied Professionals
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010
Free Workshops Planned for Veteran-Owned Businesses to Participate in ARRA Opportunities
The Department of General Services and the Veterans Business Advocates Committee will hold free workshops - in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Erie - to assist veteran-owned businesses in identifying business opportunities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Learn more.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2010
Department of Labor & Industry Offers Workforce Development Grants
The Department of Labor & Industry is seeking applications for $10 million in grants from service providers interested in helping to create training opportunities for veterans, dislocated workers and youth. The funding is provided through the federal Workforce Investment Act and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Learn more. View guidelines and application
Wed., Jan. 13, 2010
$2.25 million in Federal Funds to Help Expand Reliable, Affordable, High-Speed Internet Access in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania will receive $2.25 million in federal Recovery Act funds to help boost broadband Internet coverage across the state. View statewide broadband plan.
Tue., Jan. 5, 2010
DEP Seeks Applicants to Manage Home Heating Equipment Rebate Program
Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced today an opportunity for a qualified entity to administer Pennsylvania's new Home Heating Equipment Rebate program. Application deadline is Jan. 29, 2010. Learn more. View guidelines. View application planning tool.
Thu., Dec. 10, 2009
Pennsylvania Creates Green Energy Revolving Loan Fund to Finance Energy Efficient Projects and Long-Term Job Creation
The commonwealth will use up to $12 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to create a new revolving loan fund to support energy-saving projects and develop clean, renewable energy resources that put Pennsylvanians to work. Learn more. View guidelines or submit application (by Jan. 6, 2010).
Wed., Dec. 9, 2009
Nearly $20 Million in Federal Funding Available to Spur Wind Energy Projects, Generate Orders for Manufacturers
$19.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is now available for large-scale wind projects that will generate clean energy, spur new orders for the Keystone State’s green energy manufacturers, and put Pennsylvanians back to work. Learn more. View guidelines and apply (by Dec. 31, 2009).
Tue., Nov. 24, 2009
Pennsylvania Minority Business Enterprise Center ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative Co-hosts Pittsburgh MBE Procurement Summit
The Pennsylvania Minority Business Enterprise Center ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative , Allegheny County and other partners are co-hosting a procurement summit for minority business enterprises interested in pursuing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contract opportunities. The Pittsburgh Procurement Summit will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, located at 337 Fourth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Learn more.
Wed., Nov. 11, 2009
Minority Business Enterprise ARRA Expo Set for Nov. 13 in Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Minority Business Enterprise Center ARRA Advocacy and Outreach Initiative is co-sponsoring a procurement summit with the Sharing the Wealth Technology Consortium. The Expo Forum will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg Capitol Complex, Harrisburg, PA. Learn more.
Wed., Oct. 28, 2009
Executive Order Ensuring Recovery Act Funding Opportunities for Small, Disadvantaged Businesses
An executive order that formalizes existing practices to ensure small and disadvantaged businesses receive fair opportunities to compete for state-administered funds through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Learn more. View executive order.
$1.1 Million Investment of Recovery Act Funds to Train Weatherization Workforce
More than 1,000 Pennsylvanians seeking to become weatherization installers, crew chiefs and auditors will receive training through an investment of $1.1 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Learn more.