The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant is a competitive U.S. Department of Transportation program designed to give American communities the
The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant is a competitive U.S. Department of Transportation program designed to give American communities the opportunity to stimulate economic progress with federal transportation funds. In Lafayette’s case, officials at LCG, namely Chief Development Officer Carlee Alm-LaBar and former Public Works Director Kevin Blanchard, applied for a grant aimed at responding to whatever design and construction elements are implemented by the state Department of Transportation and Development’s Connector project. The idea is that the close to $1 million in planning funds, $304,000 coming from the grant, will be used for urban planning and economic development that can offset the often destructive impact of urban highways.
At the TIGER grant announcement event on Dec. 1, Mayor-President Joey Durel said he hated to use the word “mitigate.” But that’s precisely what the TIGER grant does — provide a chance to make the best of a bad situation for those in the immediate impact zone.
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