A new report released by the National Association of Counties (NACo) highlights the efforts of six counties to invest in transportation and infrastructure projects to drive economic growth. The report titled, NACo Report: Counties Drive Economic Growth with Transportation and Infrastructure Innovations, focuses on the following efforts:
- Martin County (Fla.) invested in water, stormwater and road projects to revitalize an underserved neighborhood, enabling business expansion, new private investment and community growth;
- To accommodate increased freight traffic, improve safety and reduce congestion, Will County (Ill.)worked with state and private-sector partners to improve access to the county’s inland port, one of the largest multi-modal transportation hubs in the country;
- Buchanan County (Iowa) used innovative technology and creative partnerships to repair county-owned bridges while saving money and reusing materials;
- To expand access to jobs, services, education and other opportunities for residents, Muskegon County (Mich.) leveraged federal funding to expand transit service into rural communities;
- Morris County (N.J) acquired and rehabilitated a freight rail line to keep long-standing businesses operating in the county and to attract new firms and jobs to the community; and
- Taking advantage of the existing 911 system, Sherman County (Ore.) expanded broadband infrastructure to rural parts of the county, allowing residents to access affordable Internet service.