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                 July 12, 2012 

 

Byway Tools and Resources 

Over the past few months, the National Scenic Byway Foundation has been working closely with the America's Byways Resource Center to create a new website that will launch this month. As you may already know, the National Scenic Byway Foundation will be taking ownership or custodianship of many of the publications, tools and trainings developed by the Resource Center. The new website will feature those materials and continue to keep them available for byway volunteers, leaders and coordinators. The website will also contain new marketing tools and will provide links to additional resources for byways.

 

To introduce the new website and allow people to become familiar with it, the Foundation, along with the Resource Center, will be hosting a webinar for everyone in the byway community. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 1:00 PM Central Time. You can register for the webinar here.

 

All who register will be allowed to participate. Please join the National Scenic Byway Foundation as we introduce you to this new and valuable resource for the byway community.

Transporation Bill and the Nat'l Scenic Byway Program

On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed the new transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which will sustain the Highway Trust Fund and provide States and communities with two years of steady funding to build needed roads, bridges, and transit systems. 

 

Although the National Scenic Byway Program was NOT eliminated, and the designation program still exist within the Federal Highway Administration, there is no direct funding or grant program funds in the new bill for the National Scenic Byway Program.  It appears there is some funding eligibility for byways under the new Transportation Alternatives Program, however, the extent of that eligibility is not yet clear.  As expected, once it is more clearly worked out, decisions for use of Transportation Alternatives funds will be made at the state level.

 

The Federal Highway Administration has created a website to link to the new bill and provide related resources as they become available. The website can be accessed at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/MAP21/.  You are encouraged you to check back regularly for updated information.

 

It will take some time to thoroughly decipher the new transportation bill and realize its impact on the byways community.  We'll do our best to keep you informed of information as it is made available to us. 

FY2012 Pending NSBP Grants
GOOD NEWS!  Gary Jensen, FHWA Team Leader for the National Scenic Byway Program, stated that the current FHWA National Scenic Byway Program grant program for FY12, has been fully funded at approximately $37 million.  It is unknown just when grant awards will be announced, but it is anticipated announcements will be made in the coming months.
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