It's a scene that is playing out in municipalities across the nation. As the U.S. Senate considers an economic stimulus plan that would bring dollars into each of the states, local governments are creating lists of projects that should be considered first. That's what happened Monday in Reno.
Elected officials from across Washoe County are working to create a list of projects that could be up and going in 90 days if the federal money is approved. They reviewed a list of capital projects that could qualify for federal dollars under the current plan. Some elected officials would like to see the projects listed in order of priority, but Dave Childs, Assistant County Manager says that could be counter productive. "There will be 2 to 4 in each category that have the most promise which is different than trying to go 1,2,3” he said. “That way if the regulations and standards change another project could rise to the top quickly"
There are over 170 projects throughout the Truckee Meadows area included on "Most Promising" lists. Local governments are expected to continue refining it, until the Senate makes its final decision about how and when stimulus dollars will be handed down. Meanwhile, Washoe County officials seemed to agree the location of any particular project was not as important as the fact that it would bring jobs and money into the area as a whole.
For a look at Washoe County’s Project List for Federal Funding click on the link below.