President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum Wednesday directing departments and agencies to identify high impact, job-creating infrastructure projects and expedite them through the permit process in order to speed job creation.
The departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Transportation will each select up to three high priority infrastructure projects that show the potential to create a significant number of jobs and can be complete within 18 months.
The President also directed the creation of a dashboard to ensure the details of each project identified are available to the public, allowing users to follow each project through the expedited approval process and facilitate public input.
“Creating jobs is my highest priority as President, and investing in our nation’s infrastructure can help create those jobs and grow our economy,” Obama said. “That’s why I’m asking agencies across the federal government to identify infrastructure projects that will put folks back to work and help make our country stronger, and take immediate steps to push these projects across the finish line.”