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Over 80 counties send letter to Congress urging inclusion of county priorities in America COMPETES Act

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    Over 80 counties send letter to Congress urging inclusion of county priorities in America COMPETES Act

    On June 13, a bipartisan group of over 80 county elected officials from NACo’s Community, Economic & Workforce Development; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Public Lands; and Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committees sent a letter to Congressional leaders and other federal lawmakers urging the inclusion of key county provisions in the America COMPETES Act of 2022.

    The America COMPETES Act works to strengthen our nation’s domestic economy, preserve our national security and fortify America’s position as a world leader in technological innovation. The Conference Committee, which is comprised of members from the U.S. House and U.S. Senates, are currently negotiating a final bill in hopes to pass it before the July 4 recess. Over the last month, NACo has relentlessly advocated for the inclusion of several key counties priorities such as research and development of precision agriculture, additional funding to address the supply chain shortage and streamlining renewable energy development on certain federal lands.

    Specifically, counties are in support of:

    • Authorization of the National Science Foundation, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to review federal programs that would support research, development, education and training on precision agriculture as well as identify opportunities to expand its use
    • $1.5 billion for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund to fund research and development in future wireless technology solutions
    • $45 billion for grants, loans, and loan guarantees to support supply chain resilience and manufacturing of critical goods, industrial equipment and manufacturing technology
    • Creation of a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub Program through the U.S. Department of Commerce to foster regional technology and economic growth
    • Passage of the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA), which would expedite renewable energy development where appropriate on federal public lands
    • $4 billion for the Economic Development Administration to launch a pilot version of the bipartisan Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act (RECOMPETE Act)

    To read the full letter sent to Congress, click here.

    On June 13, a bipartisan group of over 80 county elected officials from NACo’s Community, Economic & Workforce Development; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Public Lands; and Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committees sent a letter to Congressional leaders and other federal lawmakers urging the inclusion of key county provisions in the America COMPETES Act of 2022.
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The America COMPETES Act of 2022 includes several provisions that align with key county priorities NACo will continue to advocate for the inclusion of county priorities in the final bill text

On June 13, a bipartisan group of over 80 county elected officials from NACo’s Community, Economic & Workforce Development; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Public Lands; and Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committees sent a letter to Congressional leaders and other federal lawmakers urging the inclusion of key county provisions in the America COMPETES Act of 2022.

The America COMPETES Act works to strengthen our nation’s domestic economy, preserve our national security and fortify America’s position as a world leader in technological innovation. The Conference Committee, which is comprised of members from the U.S. House and U.S. Senates, are currently negotiating a final bill in hopes to pass it before the July 4 recess. Over the last month, NACo has relentlessly advocated for the inclusion of several key counties priorities such as research and development of precision agriculture, additional funding to address the supply chain shortage and streamlining renewable energy development on certain federal lands.

Specifically, counties are in support of:

  • Authorization of the National Science Foundation, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to review federal programs that would support research, development, education and training on precision agriculture as well as identify opportunities to expand its use
  • $1.5 billion for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund to fund research and development in future wireless technology solutions
  • $45 billion for grants, loans, and loan guarantees to support supply chain resilience and manufacturing of critical goods, industrial equipment and manufacturing technology
  • Creation of a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub Program through the U.S. Department of Commerce to foster regional technology and economic growth
  • Passage of the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA), which would expedite renewable energy development where appropriate on federal public lands
  • $4 billion for the Economic Development Administration to launch a pilot version of the bipartisan Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act (RECOMPETE Act)

To read the full letter sent to Congress, click here.

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