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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
1/16/2009 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director of Public Relations
shines@dbia.org
202-682-0110
Economic Stimulus Package Ripe with Design-Build Opportunities
The House Appropriations Committee released Thursday, January 15 a copy the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." The comprehensive $825 billion stimulus bill offers potential opportunities for design-builders noting thousands of construction projects across the country that include water/wastewater, transportation and vertical construction in several sectors, from military facilities to science and healthcare.

Specifically, the bill provides $19 billion for clean water and flood control as well as $31 billion to modernize federal and public infrastructure. In addition, it would provide $10 billion for transit and rail, $10 billion for science facilities, research and instrumentation, $30 billion for highway construction and $14 billion for educational facilities.

This is the House's draft of the stimulus bill, and the Senate is currently working on their own version, so the language and will likely change in the coming weeks. Although the language may change, the intent of the bill will remain the same, presenting the design and construction community with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the future of our nation, particularly in the water and transportation arenas.

DBIA's Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference being held this March in Denver will include a meeting of DBIA's legislative panel where members can obtain a better understanding of how this legislation will affect the industry. Similarly, DBIA's Design-Build in Transportation Conference this April in Baltimore, will also present a unique and timely opportunity for industry professionals to gain the required knowledge and expertise to participate fully in this history-changing legislation.

DBIA will continue to update members as this legislation takes shape. Please contact Shawna Bray, DBIA Advocacy Manager, for more information.