To: Mayors and Municipal Clerks
From: William G. Dressel, Jr.
Date: December 15, 2008
Re: Municipal Stimulus Package Survey
The National League of Cities, along with the New Jersey League of Municipalities, is working with other State Municipal Leagues across America advocating the creation of a Municipal Stimulus Package by Congress. Recognizing the effects the downturn in the economy is having on our municipalities, it is appropriate for Congress to enact a stimulus package to assist municipal governments and their citizens in their efforts to stabilize our communities.
Our nation’s infrastructure, including transportation, water and sewer, and communications, is the backbone of the U.S. economy. To the extent that is properly maintained and adequate to our needs, America’s infrastructure will ensure the long-term vitality of our local, state and national economies, while strengthening the nation’s competitive position in world trade.
We need your help in identifying “ready-to-go” infrastructure projects in your communities. What do we mean by “ready-to-go”? This means that the project will be ready for bid by March 1, 2009. Please include projects for roads, sidewalks, telecommunication, water and sewer projects. We also need to know any brick and mortar capital projects that may qualify for this stimulus package.
We need you to act now by indentifying the projects, contacting your Congressman and requesting their support of the Municipal Stimulus package being advocated by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Please return the attached form with a list of your ready-to-go projects, so that we can share with our Congressional delegation the need to support this vital municipal legislation. Click here for the survey form in WORD or PDF.