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GOVERNOR MURPHY, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION ANNOUNCE SECOND ROUND OF PROPOSED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROJECTS TO RECEIVE FUNDING UNDER SECURING OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE BOND ACT

Governor Phil Murphy, Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan, and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges recommended projects to the Legislature as part of the second round of grant funding designated for county colleges and county vocational school districts (CVSD) under the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act. The goal of the proposed projects will be to improve and expand career and technical education (CTE) programs throughout the state.

The Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (SOCFBA) – approved by voters in 2018 – issued a total of $500 million in state bonds to expand county college and vocational school CTE programs, enhance K-12 security, and support water infrastructure improvements in New Jersey schools. Of that total, $325 million was dedicated for county college and CVSD-related grants. The proposed projects approved by the Murphy Administration for this round of funding will now be transmitted to the Legislature for final approval.

“This second round of funding builds on my Administration’s efforts to provide New Jersey students with access to high-quality education,” said Governor Murphy. “Career and technical education programs are key to providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their chosen career. Investing in our county colleges and vocational schools is how we invest in our state.”

“Generations of students will continue to benefit from the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act,” said Dr. Allen-McMillian, Acting Commissioner of Education. “Through the programs that are being created, countless students will have the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers after graduation.”

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MURPHY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $47.3 MILLION IN FY2022 LOCAL BRIDGES FUND GRANTS

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced 32 Local Bridges Fund grants totaling $47.3 million to help counties maintain local bridges in a state of good repair.

“The state of good repair of New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure is a priority of the Murphy Administration. The Local Bridges Fund grant program offers our local governments the ability to use grant funds to invest in bridge projects in their communities,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “This grant program, along with others, continues to demonstrate NJDOT’s commitment to communities throughout New Jersey.”

The Local Bridges Fund is a $47.3 million program funded through the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The program provides funding for each of New Jersey’s 21 counties for the improvement of county bridges. The grants focus on the repair, reconstruction, and replacement of bridges with the greatest structural deficiencies. Click here for a full list of county allotments and project awards.

The grants are administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development and evaluated by the Department’s Bureau of Structural Engineering. Each year, Local Aid grants represent a significant portion of the Department of Transportation’s Local System Support, which also includes Municipal Aid, local lead projects, regional planning and project development, and transportation alternatives projects.

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NJDOT ANNOUNCES $19.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS FOR THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced $19.6 million for 31 grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. This represents the largest amount ever awarded for the program.

“The Safe Routes to School program is a great example of how NJDOT, working with the state’s three regional planning authorities, helps our communities access federal funding for local transportation projects,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “These grants will provide resources to improve sidewalks and bike paths to encourage children to stay active by walking and biking to school.”

The SRTS is a federally-funded program to increase pedestrian safety among motorists and schoolchildren. The program is administered by the NJDOT in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).

The program was created to encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The goal is to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. Projects are designed to improve safety, as well as reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.

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MURPHY ADMINISTRATION RELEASES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AND PROJECT PRIORITIES PLANS FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1

New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Plan (WIIP) took a significant step forward this week with the Department of Environmental Protection’s release of final Intended Use Plans that include billions of dollars of requests for water-quality improvement and public-health protection projects, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Reflecting the great need to modernize the state’s water infrastructure, applicants have submitted a record 679 potential project ideas totaling $6.79 billion. The potential projects include a wide range of improvements to drinking water systems to better protect public health and improve the delivery of reliable water to residents and businesses, as well as upgrades to wastewater treatment systems that would protect and improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways.

“Modernizing New Jersey’s water infrastructure is critical to protecting public health, supporting economic development, and preserving and improving our environment,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “DEP received an overwhelming response during the development of this fiscal year’s Intended Use Plans given our communities’ deep needs for water infrastructure improvements, and we pledge to work closely with applicants to wisely leverage state and federal resources, including the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding . Together, we can and will deliver safe and reliable drinking water, improve the quality of New Jersey’s waters, and address stormwater, combined sewer overflows and flooding.”

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NJ DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AWARDS $1.5 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL GRANTS TO CREATE INCLUSIVE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced it has awarded an additional 12 grants to help communities across the state implement inclusive initiatives that support individuals with disabilities in the communities in which they live, work, learn and play.

“These bolster awards ongoing efforts to ensure individuals with disabilities thrive in the places in which they live,” Commissioner Sarah Adelman said. “Creating spaces that are accessible for all is key to creating a stronger, fairer and more inclusive New Jersey. The Department looks forward to continuing to create sustainable change that will impact generations to come.”

First launched in January 2021, the IHC Grant Program is an initiative spearheaded by DDS to support communities and ensure the voice and needs of individuals with disabilities are included in healthy community planning. The grant program is available to non-profits as well as county and municipal government agencies.

The program aims to promote change at the local level by addressing pre-existing physical, environmental, social and economic challenges that prevent individuals with disabilities from having full access to the conditions that support health and well-being.

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