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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 December 2005






Weekly Update 5 December 2005




·         Water Infrastructure Funding

·         Recycled Energy:  The Local Energy Solution

·         Combined Heat and Power Guidebook

·         Federal Funding to Support Workforce Development

.     Combined Federal Campaign

Water Infrastructure Funding


Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), James Jeffords (I-VT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI) are circulating a letter that asks Senate appropriators to reject any further cuts to the State Revolving Fund (SRF), which helps communities afford water and sewer systems.  President Bush last month proposed a $166-million rescission in unobligated balances in the fiscal 2006 SRF account.  Congress appropriated $1.35 billion for the Clean Water SRF in fiscal 2004 and $1.1 billion in fiscal 2005.  If Congress accepted the administration’s rescission, fiscal 2006 funding would drop to about $730 million, representing a cut of $616 million in the last two years.  Such funding reductions would result in drastic consequences for water quality, public health, and the economy.   The signature deadline is COB, Monday, December 5.  Contact:  Ari Strauss at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).



Recycled Energy:  The Local Energy Solution


A Capitol Hill briefing on December 14 will highlight the network of Regional CHP (combined heat and power) Application Centers.  RACs, part of the Department of Energy’s Office of Distributed Energy, seek to address the numerous barriers to the introduction of innovative and efficient energy systems.   Speakers will include representatives from the Department of Energy and RAC leaders from New England, California, and Mississippi.  The December 14 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm in 2220 Rayburn House Office Building.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).



Combined Heat and Power Guidebook

The Northeast-Midwest Institute has updated its “Combined Heat and Power Education and Outreach Guide to State and Federal Government.”  The report is available at http://www.nemw.org/CHPguide.rtf.



Federal Funding to Support Workforce Development

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced a new program and is inviting applications for funding under the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative. This initiative will support regions in their effort to implement a transformational approach to their workforce and economic development systems. The ultimate goal of the WIRED Initiative is to expand employment and advancement opportunities for Americans workers and create more high-skill and high wage job opportunities.

Approximately $50 million is expected to be available for awards of up to $5 million per year for up to three years. Eight to ten regions will be selected to participate. Only your governor's office may apply on behalf of regions within your state. Applications are due
Jan. 5, 2006.

Combined Federal Campaign


The Northeast-Midwest Institute – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, financed by contributions from foundations, state governments, federal grants, and individuals – has been approved to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign.  If you are a federal government employee and would like to help support Institute's programs dedicated to issues affecting the Northeast-Midwest region, please enter CFC code #0851 on your pledge card during the annual fund drive. Thank you.



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