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TIGERs return with a roar

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program made a roaring return recently despite predictions for its extinction.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that local and state stakeholders may apply for $500 million in discretionary grant funding through the TIGER Program until Oct. 16.

TIGER grants are awarded by the department on a competitive basis for projects that promote connectivity and economic growth in a community or region.  Federal law states that grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million with exceptions for projects in rural areas.

The Greater Akron area has received two TIGER grants in recent years.  The city of Akron received a $5 million grant in 2016 for its Downtown Main Street Improvement Project and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority received a $20 million grant in 2010 to build its Kent Transit Center.

The department is hosting a series of webinars to provide technical assistance to would-be grant applicants on Sept. 13 and Sept. 19.  Registration information is available by clicking here.  Applicants should note that the program’s descriptions for selection criteria have been updated.

For more information, please call AMATS at 330-375-2436.  Additional information about the TIGER Program is available at transportation.gov/TIGER.