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Roundup: June 20, 2016

Upcoming Events

2016 Global Trade Outlook
June 22, 2016   |   8:00-9:00 AM   |   Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Join the Georgia Chamber and U.S. Chamber for a discussion over breakfast on the U.S. trade agenda in 2016, including the outlook for major international markets, prospects for the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade agreements, and other top trade issues on the policy agenda in Washington and the campaign trail. Space is limited, click here to RSVP. Request a conference call number here if unable to attend.

Webinar: Georgia Transportation 101
June 22, 2016   |   12:00-1:00 PM   |   Your Computer

Join Georgia Transportation Alliance Executive Director, Seth Millican and learn all you need to know on the state of Georgia’s transportation systems.Click here to register for this free webinar.

Georgia 2030

Weren’t able to join the Georgia Chamber at a local 2030 event? Take the survey and contribute your own ideas here.

Save the Date: 2016 Transportation Summit
November 30, 2016   |   Athens, Georgia

State News

Governor Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for May 2016 were $1.56 billion, a year-over-year increase of 4.1%. Revenues as a result of HB 170 were $72.7 million.

GDOT announced a total of $82 million in road construction contracts this month.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has begun construction on their $6 billion capital improvement plan.

MARTA has added Zipcar availability to four stations and rolled out  the first articulated buses in Georgia – “bendy” buses.

Georgia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.3%  – steady growth has been in trade, transportation, and warehousing.

In a sobering report, GDOT tells WMAZ in Macon that road fatalities in Georgia are up over the last three years.

GDOT has announced one of the busiest construction summers in memory, with almost 500 significant projects statewide. Commissioner Russell McMurray urged Georgia drivers to plan ahead due to the high volume of construction.

The Jimmy DeLoach Parkway Connector has opened to traffic. The project is one of vital importance to Georgia’s freight and logistics network.

The Cumberland CID is continuing work on a proposal for an additional exit ramp on I-75.

National News

As a part of national Infrastructure Week, the CASE has launched a new program: the Dire States Equipment Grant. As a part of CASE’s ongoing initiative to draw attention to the need for local partnerships in infrastructure improvements, they will be awarding $25,000 in free equipment to one county or city to use on an important community infrastructure project. Applications may be submitted here.

In all of the discussion surrounding the House Ways and Means Committee’s upcoming plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code, GOP Rep. Charles Boustany (R – LA) told Politico that he expects highway trust fund solvency to be considered and discussed as part of the package.

Awards and Funding Opportunities

In all of the discussion surrounding the House Ways and Means Committee’s upcoming plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code, GOP Rep. Charles Boustany (R – LA) told Politico that he expects highway trust fund solvency to be considered and discussed as part of the package.

The Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation has announced the 2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards. Nominations are due by July 1, 2016.

In the midst of historically long TSA lines at airports around the country, Congress is debating a proposal to create an overtime pay structure for TSA agents. The Senate responded by approving a plan to hike overall TSA funding and providing TSA agents to the tune of 1,344 more than the president requested.

Lawmakers also expressed concern about FTA’s ability to appropriately oversee transit systems around the country.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a 2017 housing and transportation appropriations bill in the amount of $58 billion – $44 billion in HTF spending, $450 in TIGER grants, and $16.3 billion for FAA.

The House T&I Committee easily passed, by voice vote, it’s version of WRDA, authorizing 30 new Army Corps of Engineers projects.

Attached is a letter, signed by Georgia’s representative on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rob Woodall, asking the House Ways and Means Committee to make structural improvements to the HTF a priority in any significant tax reform package.

The Federal Transit Administration of the United States Department of Transportation has published its final rule on Statewide and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning.

Most transportation pros are now thinking that because of fundamental disagreements between House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R – Pennsylvania) and Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R – South Dakota), another FAA extension is the most likely scenario prior to the July 15 deadline.

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