With only five months left for the Obama Administration, some big final decisions and actions are likely very soon. For the communities that have their plans in order, this could result in immediate opportunity to fund projects and to gain momentum.
I have always thought that money should chase projects, rather than the other way around. That is, when communities conjure up project ideas simply because a new funding opportunity arises, frequently there is waste and poor decision making. But when a community has a great plan with their projects prioritized, then great things can happen–communities advance and funders make wise decisions.
Many federal agencies are working right now to make their final award decisions, and to formalize funding procedures that will transcend to the next Administration. We anticipate that many of our clients will benefit by having their plans in order. Good luck to all.