The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on May 5 announced how it will divide $980 million that the economic-stimulus legislation--the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act--provided for Community Development Block Grants. The CDBG aid will be split among about 1,200 state, city and county governments. Related Links: Notice of HUD Program Requirements CDBGs, established in 1974, can be used for many different purposes. Over the program's history, the most popular uses have been affordable-housing rehabilitation and upgrades to infrastructure such as streets, sewers and community centers. But for the stimulus CDBGs, HUD says in a May 5 technical guidance document
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.