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Local Impact of the CARES Act and Potential New Infrastructure Bill

We recently wrote about the CARES Act and the new, separate infrastructure bill going through the legislative process. The Act created $500 billion in aid for state and local governments, and these funds could directly impact major projects on the horizon in Miami-Dade County.

For example, the CARES Act provides $10 billion in flexible funding for airport improvements that could be used for Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade County recently approved a new $5 billion capital improvement program at Miami International Airport, a critical next step for the ever-growing airport. This is exactly the type of project that the Federal Aviation Administration is looking to provide these new funds for—to ensure that critical modernization and safety projects go forward as planned. The CARES Act also provides funding for local transportation agencies through the Federal Transit Administration. These funds can be utilized by Miami-Dade County to support the implementation of the SMART Plan, which is well underway with the proposals for the Beach Corridor submitted in March and the issuance of a solicitation for the North Corridor imminent. The Act also provides funding for hospitals and public health centers that could surely offer aid for the Jackson Health System and other facilities responding to COVID-19.

While it is unclear what the pending infrastructure bill will bring, it could likely have an impact on the foregoing projects and other local projects in the pipeline. We will be sure to keep you updated on the effect of that bill, as well as the funding and expanded contracting authority provided by the CARES Act on national and local infrastructure improvements.

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Elise Holtzman Gerson Land land Use and Government Relations Lawyer Bilzin Sumberg Law Firm

Elise focuses her land use and government relations practice on guiding clients through land use issues and representing clients in all levels of the procurement process. Elise understands how law and policy influence business and development, and her grasp of the political dynamics in South Florida makes her an invaluable advocate on behalf of her clients. This is particularly true when she helps navigate clients through the RFP and/or administrative bid protest process.

Albert Dotson, Bilzin Sumberg Law Firm, Real Estate and Land Development Attorney

Nationally recognized for his work on public-private partnerships (P3), Al's experience includes rail and transit facilities, airports, marinas, sports stadiums, convention centers, healthcare/life sciences facilities, educational institutions, water and sewer facilities, and parking structures.

Al is recognized throughout Florida for his work representing local, national, and international clients in responding to government contract solicitations and defending against, or prosecuting quasi-judicial and judicial bid protests.