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GOVERNOR MURPHY, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION ANNOUNCE SECOND ROUND OF PROPOSED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROJECTS TO RECEIVE FUNDING UNDER THE FUTURE OBLIGATION SECURITY ACT OUR CHILDREN

Governor Phil Murphy, Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges have recommended projects to the Legislative Assembly as part of the second round of grants for to county colleges and county vocational school districts (CVSD) under the Securing Our Children’s Future Act. The goal of the proposed projects will be to improve and expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the state.

The Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act (SOCFBA) – approved by voters in 2018 – issued a total of $500 million in government bonds to expand county college and vocational school CTE programs, improve security K-12 and supporting water infrastructure improvements in New Jersey. schools. Of that total, $325 million went to grants related to county colleges and CVSDs. Proposed projects approved by the Murphy administration for this round of funding will now be forwarded to the Legislative Assembly for final approval.

“This second round of funding builds on my administration’s efforts to provide New Jersey students with access to a high-quality education,” said Governor Murphy. “Vocational and technical training programs are key to providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Investing in our county colleges and vocational schools is how we invest in our state.

“Generations of students will continue to benefit from the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act,” said Dr. Allen-McMillian, Acting Education Commissioner. “Through the programs that are being created, countless students will have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to succeed in high-demand careers upon graduation.”

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MURPHY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $47.3 MILLION IN LOCAL BRIDGES FUND GRANTS FOR FISCAL 2022

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced 32 Local Bridge Fund grants totaling $47.3 million to help counties keep local bridges in good repair.

“Keeping New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure in good repair is a priority of the Murphy administration. The Local Bridges Fund grant program offers our local governments the opportunity to use grant funds to invest in bridge projects in their communities,” said NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “This grant program, along with others, continues to demonstrate NJDOT’s commitment to New Jersey communities.”

The Local Bridges Fund is a $47.3 million program funded by the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The program provides funding to each of New Jersey’s 21 counties for county bridge improvements. Grants focus on repairing, rebuilding and replacing bridges with the greatest structural deficiencies. Click here for a full list of county awards and project awards.

Grants are administered by NJDOT’s Local Aid and Economic Development Division and evaluated by the Department’s Office of Structural Engineering. Each year, Local Aid Grants represent a significant portion of the Ministry of Transportation’s local system support, which also includes Municipal Aid, Local Core Projects, Regional Planning and Project Development, and transportation alternatives.

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NJDOT ANNOUNCES $19.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced $19.6 million for 31 grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. This is the highest amount ever awarded to the program.

“The Safe Routes to School program is a great example of how NJDOT, in conjunction with the state’s three regional planning authorities, is helping our communities access federal funding for local transportation projects,” said NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “These grants will provide resources to improve sidewalks and bike paths to encourage children to stay active by walking and cycling to school.”

SRTS is a federally funded program to increase pedestrian safety among motorists and school children. The program is administered by the NJDOT in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).

The program was created to encourage children, including children with disabilities, to walk and cycle to school. The aim is to make cycling and walking to school a safer and more attractive transport alternative, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. The projects are designed to improve safety, as well as reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.

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MURPHY ADMINISTRATION RELEASES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AND PROJECT PRIORITY PLANS FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1

New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Plan (WIIP) reached a major milestone this week with the Department of Environmental Protection’s release of final planned use plans that include billions million in water quality improvement applications and public health protection projects, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Reflecting the great need to upgrade the state’s water infrastructure, applicants submitted a record 679 potential project ideas totaling $6.79 billion. Potential projects include a wide range of improvements to drinking water systems to better protect public health and improve the supply of reliable water to residents and businesses, as well as improvements to wastewater treatment systems that would protect and would improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways.

“Upgrading New Jersey’s water infrastructure is essential to protecting public health, supporting economic development, and preserving and enhancing our environment,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “The DEP received an overwhelming response in developing the plans for the intended use of this exercise given the deep needs of our communities for water infrastructure improvements, and we are committed to working closely with the candidates to leverage state and federal resources wisely, including new Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding. Together, we can and will provide safe and reliable drinking water, improve New Jersey’s water quality, and fight against stormwater, combined sewer overflows and flooding.

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NJ DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AWARDS $1.5 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL GRANTS TO CREATE HEALTHY AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

The New Jersey Department of Social Services announced that it has awarded 12 additional grants to help communities across the state implement inclusive initiatives that support people with disabilities in the communities where they live, work, learn and are playing.

“These awards reinforce ongoing efforts to ensure people with disabilities thrive in the places where they live,” said Commissioner Sarah Adelman. “Creating spaces that are accessible to all is essential to creating a stronger, fairer and more inclusive New Jersey. The Department looks forward to continuing to create lasting change that will impact generations to come. »

First launched in January 2021, the IHC Grants Program is a DDS-led initiative to support communities and ensure that the voices and needs of people with disabilities are included in healthy community planning. The grant program is available to nonprofit organizations as well as county and municipal government agencies.

The program aims to promote change at the local level by addressing pre-existing physical, environmental, social and economic challenges that prevent people with disabilities from having full access to conditions that promote health and well-being.

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