EVENT DECEMBER 17: Klobuchar Staff to Hold Public Roundtable Discussions on Transportation, Infrastructure, Broadband, and Housing in Minnesota

My plan is to follow along, take notes and livestream. I’ve joined them in the past and they tone has been very conversational so if you have something to say, you might want to show up…

Klobuchar’s staff will hold meetings with state and local officials and community organizations to discuss transportation, infrastructure, broadband, and housing needs

Members of the public are invited to join these discussions and share their communities’ successful projects and priorities for future needs

MINNEAPOLIS– On Tuesday, December 17, representatives from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will meet with state and local officials and community organizations for a series of public roundtable discussions to highlight local and regional transportation, infrastructure, broadband, and housing successes, current projects and future needs. Members of the public are invited to join these discussions and share their perspectives on the importance of investing in regional community development projects.

Klobuchar’s staff will host roundtable discussions in Mankato and Windom. These events are free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, December 17

11:00 a.m.

Blue Earth County Courthouse, Third Floor Conference Room

204 South 5th Street

Mankato, MN 56001

2:30 p.m.

Windom City Hall, Council Chambers

444 9th Street

Windom, MN 56101

Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, has consistently called for greater infrastructure investments. Klobuchar was one of the first Democratic Senators to support the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. In December 2015, the FAST Act directed more than $4 billion over five years in federal funding for Minnesota to invest in its roads, bridges and transit systems.

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Broadband Caucus, Klobuchar has long championed closing the digital divide and expanding access to the internet. In July, Klobuchar and Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Gary Peters (D-MI), and John Thune’s (R-SD) bipartisan legislation to improve the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband coverage maps passed the Senate Commerce Committee. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act would require the FCC to collect more granular data from fixed, wireless, and satellite broadband providers, strengthen the accuracy of data from mobile broadband providers, consider a process to ensure data is reliable, and create a process for state, local, and Tribal governments to challenge the FCC maps’ accuracy. In June, Klobuchar and Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-WV) legislation to improve broadband connectivity passed the Senate. The Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in consultation with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Technology, to conduct a study of the effects of the digital economy and the adoption of broadband deployment on the U.S. economy. Klobuchar and Wicker also led the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act, which was signed into law as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bipartisan legislation directs the FCC to establish a task force to identify gaps in broadband coverage and encourage broadband deployment on farms and ranchland.

Klobuchar has supported various housing programs including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), the Home Investment Partnerships Program (the HOME Program), the USDA Rural Housing Programs, and funds from the Community Development Block Grant.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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