How the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will Improve Communities

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The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) will rebuild crumbling roads and bridges, replace lead pipes, help provide high-speed internet to every family in America, and produce concrete results that change people’s lives for the better. By reaching communities across the country – including rural communities and historically underserved populations – these investments will position the United States to win the 21st century.


A whole of government approach that provides information, professional development, and technical assistance to further educate communities on the components of the legislation and how the implementation will impact their lives.


HBCUs, rural communities and other historically underserved populations.

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White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through HBCUsEDA Logo EagleDOE logoWHIBA Seal

The Initiative along with federal partners, national educational leaders and corporate partners will host our 4th annual HBCU Week Career and Recruitment Fair. This will be a hybrid event, providing virtual and in-person opportunities.

The Initiative’s HBCU Week Career and Recruitment Fair opportunities will be open to all National Annual HBCU well participants as well as the general public.

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BIL 101: New Opportunities for
Transportation Infrastructure,
Innovation and Partnerships

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

11 am — 12:30pm EST

This workshop provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide an overview of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which provides unprecedented resources for states and territories across the country to repair infrastructure such as roads and bridges, expand transit options, build a national network of electric vehicle chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs, confront the roadway safety crisis, electrify trains, transit, school buses and ports and improve our nation’s airports. These improvements are also a historic opportunity to provide tangible benefits to communities of color and other historically marginalized communities in the United States. This session will underscore that DOT is committed to providing these funding opportunities and benefits equitably across the board as the DOT implements the many provisions of the law. From creating good, local jobs to improving access to federal contracting funds, to reuniting communities divided by roadway construction, and making transit more widely accessible, BIL presents unique opportunities to redress past wrongs and ensure historically marginalized communities’ benefit from the many forthcoming infrastructure improvements.


How the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides Economic Opportunity Through Federal Employment

Thursday, April 21, 2022

2 pm — 3:30 pm EST

This workshop provided by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of Personnel Management, and WHI on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans will provide insights into the career opportunities made possible through the BIL.  The workshop will include an overview of the available job opportunities and information about the application process and navigating





Transportation Equity

Wednesday, May 25, 2022




This workshop provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will speak to some of the negative impacts that transportation has had in historically disadvantaged and overburdened communities, outline some of the initiatives DOT is implementing as part of the Administration’s Equity Agenda, to alleviate and right those wrongs and to assist all communities to thrive.


Transformative Transportation Investments – Realizing Value in the Workforce and Business of the Future

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

 1 pm–2:30pm EST


As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) commitment to advancing racial equity and innovation in transportation, this session will cover BIL implications on HBCUs and the communities they serve.  Topic areas will also focus on existing and anticipated increased workforce needs, including opportunities for HBCUs to help address those needs.  DOT leaders will also discuss BIL’s impact on DBEs, small businesses, community investments, as well as preparing the current and future workforce and pipeline of entrepreneurs to meet those needs.  Insight on how to do business with DOT will also be shared during this workshop.

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Equity in Transportation Research and Funding Opportunities

Thursday, June 23, 2022

10:30 am–12pm EST

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is committed to advancing racial equity and innovation in transportation. This session focuses on how researchers can include equity in transportation to understand how the transportation system, service, and decision-making process impact the lives of underserved and underrepresented communities. This session also will provide information on key transportation research programs centered on innovation and how the Department’s Innovation Principles will guide the implementation of these investments.

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Energy Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) opportunities

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

1 pm–3:30pm EST


This workshop provided by the Department of Energy will provide insights into the opportunities made possible through the BIL. The workshop will include an overview of current and upcoming funding opportunities as well as internships, fellowships, and other career opportunities.


Economic Development Administration program and priorities supporting HBCUs

Thursday, July 21, 2022


This session will highlight Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs and priorities that can support HBCUs, including how HBCUs can work with local Economic Development Districts (EDDs)/Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) to plan and implement the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies. This session will also highlight how HBCUs can join global economic initiatives such as the Americas Comparativeness Exchange, which is the premier economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurial network of the Americas.

HBCU Anchor Institutions and their Surrounding Communities: Inclusion in State Broadband Planning and Digital Equity Capacities

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

 2pm– 3:30pm EST


This briefing provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will provide an update on HBCU awardees of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program and discuss how both awardees and applicants can position themselves and their surrounding communities for inclusion in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Broadband Programs.  The focus of this session will be on participating in and preparedness for the Broadband Access and Equity Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity (DE) grant programs.