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Electrify The South Collaborative Agenda

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 

 

 VENUE 
Fairfield Historic Downtown Savannah
135 Martin Lu
ther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31401

2-2:15 PM: Welcome

  • Introductions and welcome.
     

2:15-3:00 PM: Kickoff

  • It Takes a Village: A kickoff conversation with community engagement and collaboration leaders about the need for and benefits of community engagement.
     

3-4 PM: Table Conversations 

  • Facilitated small table conversations to identify and discuss challenge trends and themes facing local governments in accessing and implementing federal electric transportation programs.
     

4-5 PM: Daily Debrief

  • Facilitated report out to room sharing challenges and collectively identifying solutions.
     

 VENUE 
SoHo Cafe
12 W Liberty St, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Within walking distance (.5 miles) of hotels: (Aloft Savannah Downtown Historic District and Fairfield Downtown Historic District)

 

5:30 – 7:30 PM: Evening Reception, cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour
 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15


  VENUE 
Fairfield Historic Downtown Savannah
135 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31401

8 AM: Breakfast
 

9- 10:30 AM: Challenges and Solutions 

  • An audience discussion with a panel of federal and state government representatives to discuss the challenges and solutions identified the day prior.
     

10:30 AM -12:00 PM: Local Government Success Stories

  • A panel of local governments will share the outcomes of successful federally funded electric transportation programs from development through implementation (transit, school bus, micro-mobility, charging infrastructure)
     

12 - 1 PM: Lunch
 

1-3 PM: Local Government Peer-to-Peer Integration

  • We’ve heard and talked about all this stuff, now what? What gaps in education do we still need to fill, what are the opportunities to support local governments with more relationship-building with agencies, and more?


 RESOURCES 

 Electric Transportation Funding Streams for Local Governments 

  • Compilation of rebates and grants for local governments to support electric transportation work.

Urban Electric Mobility Toolkit

  • The Urban Electric Mobility Toolkit serves as a one-stop resource to help urban communities scope, plan, and identify ways to fund electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, supporting diverse forms of electric mobility including travel by personal vehicle, transit, micromobility (e.g., electric bicycles and scooters), and ride-sharing services.

Urban Electric Mobility Infrastructure Funding Table

  • This table contains a list of Federal programs that can fund electric mobility infrastructure in urban areas, sorted alphabetically by agency. The table notes the type of electric mobility activities that are eligible for funding under different programs as well as the eligible entities.

The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program

  • EPA has selected 16 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy that will receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country. Each of the technical assistance centers will receive at least $10 million to remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns. With this critical investment, these centers will provide training and other assistance to build capacity for navigating federal grant application systems, writing strong grant proposals, and effectively managing grant funding. In addition, these centers will provide guidance on community engagement, meeting facilitation, and translation and interpretation services for limited English-speaking participants, thus removing barriers and improving accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns. Each of the technical assistance centers will also create and manage communication channels to ensure all communities have direct access to resources and information.

Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) Regional Cohort Program

The Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) launched as a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative to ensure all communities can access federal infrastructure funding to drive local recovery, improve communities, and deliver results for residents. The LIH focuses on opportunities related to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) - also called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) - through three-tiered learning and mentoring tracks.

LIH Cohorts are now open to assist local governments and their partners in the Southeast in accessing the historic levels of federal funding available through IIJA and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Cohorts provide technical assistance (TA) to advance racial wealth and climate equity in communities. These program partners are ready to provide 1:1 local government outreach and TA. They can also work with strategic local and regional partners to build long-term capacity for local implementation.

 

This is a highly adaptable project support and funding opportunity. There are three options:

  1. Access direct TA from SSDN’s LIH Cohort.

  2. Access direct TA from SSDN’s LIH Cohort and to designate a local capacity-building partner to receive a small award for local capacity building around a federal grant opportunity.

  3. Request an award for local capacity building, which will go to a local partner to allow them to support a federal application development team right now and ideally into the future.

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