11c. Presentation

Port’s Efforts Related to the Infrastructure Investment

Item No. 11c_supp
Meeting Date: March 8, 2022
Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Update
Briefing to Port of Seattle Commission

Eric Schinfeld, Sr. Manager, Federal & International Government Relations, Port of Seattle
Melissa Parks, Government Relations Policy Analyst


Key Programs funded through Infrastructure Investment and
Jobs Act (IIJA)
Airport and Seaport Eligibility
Port and Partner Opportunities & Challenges
Next Steps


Major Federal Investment in "Infrastructure"
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed an 8-year, $1.2 trillion investment
($550 billion in new money) in a wide variety of areas:
Roads and Bridges  $110B             Power and Grid  $65B
Passenger and Freight Rail  $66B        Resiliency  $47.2B
Safety  $11B                        Addressing Legacy Pollution  $21B
Public Transit  $39.2B                 Western Water Infrastructure  $8.3B
Broadband  $65B                    Clean School Buses and Ferries  $7.5B
Ports and Waterways  $16.6B          Electric Vehicle Charging  $7.5B
Airports/FAA  $25B                  Reconnecting Communities  $1B
Water Infrastructure  $55B
Nearly $100 billion has already been announced to states, territories, Tribes and local governments from formula
and competitive programs for roads and highways, bridges, ports, airports, and water systems; another nearly $50
billion in RFIs and notices of funding availability have also been released.


Port IIJA Goals
Maximize funding to Port to address infrastructure, sustainability, equity
and quality of life goals
Take a broad perspective on Port funding needs, not just "hard
infrastructure" (i.e. - workforce development)
Play an active role in supporting funding for peer jurisdictions and


IIJA Funding Categories
1. Dedicated to Airports and/or Seaports: formula or competitive
2. Port Eligible: Ports can competee.g., surface transportation,
EV charging
3. Port Benefit: Ports ineligible, Partners OK; benefits Port
operations  e.g., utilities, freight mobility, public transit
4. Community Benefit: Port ineligible, Partners OK; furthers Port
goals in the community  e.g., public schools, ecosystem
restoration, broadband affordability
5. Non-applicable

IIJA Port-Specific Provisions
$20 billion for airports
plus $5 billion for FAA Facilities and Equipment
$17 billion for seaports and maritime
USACE FY22 IIJA distribution included $10.8 million to upgrade small
locks at the Lake Washington Ship Canal
$27.1 billion for "Port eligible" transportation investments
i.e. - $12.5 billion for RAISE and $3.2 billion for INFRA


Specifics on the Airport Dollars
$15 billion for airport infrastructure grants distributed by formula
An estimated ~$240 million directly to SEA over 5 years
Airports can use these funds for any "PFC-eligible projects" except debt service; projects must be on
the airport's 5-year CIP by March 11
An airport can save up all allocated funds to combine into one grant; funds can be used on additional
phases of a current AIP funded project.
$5 billion for a new "airport terminal program" distributed via competitive grants
55% of which is reserved for large hubs like SEA to compete for
for "terminal projects that increase capacity and passenger access, replace aging infrastructure,
expand accessibility for persons with disabilities, improve airport access for historically disadvantaged
populations, improve energy efficiency, improve airfield safety through terminal relocation, and
encourage actual and potential competition."
"Any funds that remain unobligated shall be made available in the fifth fiscal year for competitive grants
that reduce airport emissions, reduce noise impact to the surrounding community, reduce dependence on
the electrical grid, or provide general benefits to the surrounding community."

Current Port IIJA Grant Efforts
Airport Terminal Grant Program
Current NOFO includes $1 billion in funding
Port pursuing funding for Concourse B, C & D Restroom Upgrades project, due March 28
Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE)
Current NOFO includes $1.5 billion for regionally important surface transportation projects
IIJA clarifies airport roadway project eligibility
Port pursuing $25 million for airport arrivals roadway project, due April 11

Port Infrastructure and Development Program (PIDP)
Current NOFO includes $450 million to support goods movement
PIDP can also be used for development of microgrids, electrification, and workforce training
NWSA pursuing funding for T5 gate and expansion, due May 16
Port will pursue electrification and workforce funding in future cycles

Examples of Other Port-Relevant IIJA Programs
$400 million to "reduce truck emissions at Port facilities"
Awaiting additional details from USDOT
Electric Vehicle (EV) and Low-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure
$5B in formula funding to States to support 500,000 strong EV Charging
Station Network
$2.5B in community grants for EV charging and alternative fuels
Potential to support airport EV infrastructure needs
Offshore Wind
$60 million for research, development, demonstration, and
commercialization to improve offshore wind technology
PIDP can be used for projects that support offshore wind supply chain
~ $15B combined for electric grid expansion and reliability programs

Examples of Community-Relevant IIJA Programs
Public Schools
$500 million  Energy efficiency and air quality in public schools
$200 million  Lead contamination in schools
$5 billion  Clean School Bus Program
Highline Schools has identified potential investment opportunity
Healthy Streets
$500 million  Mitigating urban heat islands, improving air quality,
reducing stormwater runoff, expand tree cover
Priority to low-income and historically disadvantaged communities


Examples of Other IIJA Provisions Of Interest to Port and/or Cities
(see attached spreadsheet)
$8 billion for at least 4 Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs
Port is part of a state effort to pursue
$1 billion for culvert removal, replacement and restoration
$351 billion for highways ($307 billion provided through formula to states)
$16 billion for the Highway Safety Improvement Program
$28 billion to the existing Bridge program and a new $16 billion bridge grant
$1.4 billion for Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient,
Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) program
$1 billion for Safe Streets and Roads for All "Vision Zero"
$200 million to National Fish Passage Program

Risks and Challenges
Federal purchasing requirements impact to approved capital projects
Potential "culture shift" needed to build in federal grant planning into project
Internal capacity to apply for and administer grant awards
Until recent emergency hire, no dedicated "grant writer" at the Port
Could also require adding grant administration capacity in AFR as well as consultant
capacity for Benefit-Cost Analysis work
Coordinating with Partners
Limited ability to support partner applications, other than letters of support
Need to figure out when to compete vs. defer to partners

Next Steps
Submit three active grant applications by deadlines
Developing comprehensive tracking of potential projects and internal priorities
Awaiting additional Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs)
Preparing for future cycles of current grants
Track potential pass-thru funding from State and PSRC
Outreach to partners (cities, community groups) re: opportunities for funding
Advocate for additional "Build Back Better" investments, particularly for SAF & maritime



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