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U.S. DOT Outlines Steps for Managing Impending Highway Trust Fund Shortfall 

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, has sent letters to state transportation departments and transit agencies outlining steps the Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon be forced to take to manage the impending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund.  Secretary Foxx outlined the Department’s proposed plan while emphasizing the need for Congress to act in order to avoid such a shortfall. 

Construction Adds Jobs in June but Nonresidential is Sluggish

The U.S. construction industry added 6,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recent report; however, nonresidential construction added only 700 of those jobs and the heavy and civil engineering sector lost 700 jobs.

Although nonresidential construction is disappointing, the general consensus is upbeat, according to ABC’s Chief Economist, Anirban Basu.  Basu adds that nonresidential construction tends to lag that of the overall economy.

Boots to Business

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will host Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in twelve cities across the U.S.  Each event, led by SBA Resource Partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship class.

Illinois Governor Announces Infrastructure Investment

Governor Pat Quinn recently joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Union Pacific Railroad President and COO Lance Fritz in announcing that the Union Pacific (UP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are making a significant investment in Metra's West Line. Each will invest $45 million for the construction of a new third main line track on the UP/Metra's West Line. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn's plan to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois' economy forward.


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