TIGER III Technical Assistance (October 2011)Charlier Associates, Inc. is assisting six communities across the country in applying for USDOT TIGER III grants. Five are rural communities that CAI is assisting as a consultant to Smart Growth America. We are assisting the sixth community, El Paso, Texas, as part of our ongoing work on a consulting team led by Dover, Kohl & Partners to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan and to prepare TOD and redevelopment plans.
TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) is a competitive, merit-based, discretionary grant program to fund multimodal projects that increase sustainability and accelerate economic recovery. Started as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, it is now one of the signature efforts of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities between USDOT, HUD, and EPA. Within the $527 million available in this third round of TIGER funding is $140 million for projects in rural areas. SGA and CAI are helping these rural communities, where enthusiasm is high but resources are more limited, compete effectively for TIGER grants.
CAI is collaborating with each community on all aspects of the TIGER grant application process, from project development to grant submission. In particular, we are helping each community to strategically define and position their project, as well as leading technical/policy analyses and grant preparation/submission activities. The projects include intermodal waterfront investments in two coastal Maine communities, downtown complete street projects in two Montana towns, state highway pedestrian/safety improvements within tribal lands in California, and a TOD-ready Bus Rapid Transit Terminal in El Paso.
For More Information:
TIGER Grant Program: www.dot.gov/tiger/
Partnership for Sustainable Communities: www.sustainablecommunities.gov/
Smart Growth America: www.smartgrowthamerica.org/
TIGER Assistance Communities: