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This Week in Photos: May 12 – 18

New data this month: Infrastructure Week Edition

May County Explorer Update: Infrastructure Week Edition

WASHINGTON – The nation’s opioid epidemic has disproportionately impacted Appalachia’s 420 counties, imposing adverse effects on county residents and government. At the turn of the millennium, the opioid overdose death rate for Appalachian counties was roughly equal to the rest of the country.

New Report Outlines How Appalachian Counties Can Do More with Less to Combat Opioid Epidemic

A Capitol Hill briefing concluded Infrastructure Week 2019 by focusing on ways to engage local governments as Congress works to reauthorize the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding for surface transportation infrastructure.

Panelists speak at the Capitol Hill briefing on “Transportation’s Hometown Impact: Rebuilding with Local Government in the 116th Congress” to conclude Infrastructure Week 2019.

Capitol Hill briefing wraps up Infrastructure Week 2019

The key to getting broadband to rural areas — and to people who can’t afford it even if they have access — is collaboration, a panel of speakers said Wednesday, May 15, on Day 3 of Infrastructure Week.

(Left to right): Moderator Christopher Ali, assistant professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia; Craig Eccher, president and CEO, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Pennsylvania; Corina Lopez, vice mayor, San Leandro, Calif. and Randy Maluchnik, Carver County, Minn. Commissioner discuss challenges of building out broadband in their communities during a panel discussion Wednesday. Photo by Chris Wathen

Collaboration key to building out broadband, panelists say

Smart infrastructure was the main topic of discussion Tuesday at the “Smart Infrastructure Summit: Building Tomorrow’s Infrastructure at the Local Level” for the second day of Infrastructure Week 2019.

Carver County, Minn. Commissioner Randy Maluchnik discusses the role of local leadership in smart technology Tuesday on the second day of Infrastructure Week 2019, in Washington, D.C. Maluchnik, who chairs NACo’s Transportation Steering Committee, is joined on the panel by Fremont, Calif. Mayor Lily Mei and moderator Zachary Schafer, CEO of Infrastructure Week. Photo by Chris Wathen

Infrastructure Week highlights technology and security

On April 30, U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced draft legislation that would improve the quality and accessibility of affordable housing, while providing new funding and program resources to counties.

Draft legislation introduced to improve quality and accessibility of affordable housing

On May 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid supplemental (H.R. 2157) that would provide additional funding for projects stemming from 2018 disasters, as well as recent flooding in the Midwest, on a bipartisan vote of 257-250.

National Flood Insurance Program extension included in $19.1 billion disaster aid supplemental

Join the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for a breakfast conversation about the state of the urban-rural divide and efforts by community leaders to bridge the broadband gap.

Panel Discussion: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide with Broadband

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