Guide to Local Recovery: November 3

Nov 3, 2021

On Oct. 28, the White House released a new framework for the Build Back Better Act. The outline includes nearly $2 trillion in funding for a variety of key areas, including investments in workforce development, climate resiliency, and housing affordability. The bill is politically tied to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed in the Senate in August.

The investments, opportunities, and economic growth that these two bills would provide are critical to cities' continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials are encouraged to contact their representatives to urge them to vote yes on both the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act via this member action alert.

The National League of Cities is hosting two American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) webinars. On Nov. 4 at 11:00 a.m., city leaders and data and experts will cover how to effectively capture, analyze, and visualize data as part of ARPA planning and tracking efforts. The webinar is exclusive to NLC members

On Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m., NLC will discuss the ways city leaders can help connect eligible businesses to the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. These loans have low, fixed interest rates and payments are deferred for the first two years. During the webinar, city leaders will learn more about what businesses are eligible for the loans, the terms of loans, how to facilitate the application process, and more.