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CalPERS’ Commitment to Infrastructure (Real Assets Annual Program Review, November 2014)

On November 17, 2014, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. public pension fund with approximately $300 billion in assets, conducted its annual real assets program review. CalPERS’...more

Six Regional Projects Awarded Federal Funding

Good news California: local projects are continuing to receive federal funding. Caltrans announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted nearly $35 million in TIGER funds to six local and regional...more

Agenda Setting - Olympia’s new faces must address transportation infrastructure funding

January brings many new faces to Olympia. A new governor and an unusually large number of new members in the State House of Representatives and State Senate who have both volunteered and been elected to assume the mantle of...more

The Delightfully Brief, Pithy and Wholly Idiosyncratic Video Newsletter - January 2013, Vol. 1, Edition 1

A Billion Here or There - Now that the President has another four years and the budget chasm is before the country. The so-called fiscal cliff comes. Of the many ways to save money, the Congress has chosen the meat...more

Pennsylvania Joins Growing List of States with P3 Legislation

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly paved the way for the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) when it passed legislation on June 30, 2012, giving the Commonwealth the ability to lease transportation assets to the private...more

Department of Energy Releases $40 Million Solicitation to Fund Pilot - and Demonstration-Scale Biorefineries

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program issued a long-anticipated funding opportunity announcement for innovative pilot- and demonstration-scale advanced biorefineries. As discussed in a recent WSGR...more

Pennsylvania Announces $20 Million Grant Program to Convert Fleet Vehicles to Natural Gas

On June 4, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced a $20 million competitive grant program for companies and organizations to convert fleet vehicles to be fueled by natural gas. The grant...more

Italy issues new “Golden Share”

On March 9, 2012, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a Law Decree (the “Decree”) that changes Italy’s “Golden Share” powers in certain strategic sectors and repeals Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 332 dated May 31,...more

Gov. McDonnell: No Devolution Without Money to Pay for It

As an update to the December 13, 2011 blog post on VaLocalityLaw, “Devolution: Will Virginia Pass its “Neglected,” “Crumbling” Highway System on to Local Governments?” Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has stated his...more

EU imposes further sanctions against Syria (with more likely to come)

I. Introduction On 1 December 2011, the Council of the European Union (EU) considerably expanded its existing regime for economic sanctions against Syria when it adopted Council Decision 2011/782/CFSP which introduces or...more

California High Speed Rail Agency Requests Billions To Start Construction

California’s bullet train agency today formally requested a multibillion-dollar appropriation to start construction next year, after dozens of people from across the state attacked the $98-billion project’s cost, rationale...more

Who Will Pay for Necessary Improvements to Pennsylvania’s Transportation Infrastructure?

In April 2011, Governor Tom Corbett established a Transportation Funding Advisory Commission (“Commission”) to develop a comprehensive, strategic proposal for addressing Pennsylvania’s transportation funding needs. In early...more

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert- September 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: Commonwealth Court to Consider Impact of Failure to Comply with IFTA Documentation Requirements The Commonwealth Court has tentatively scheduled oral argument for the week of November 14, 2011, in R &...more

Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Region 3 (Atlanta) Summit July 18, 2011

The Georgia Competitiveness Initiative (GCI)(http://www.georgiacompetitiveness.org/) is conducting summits in 12 regions of the State during the months of June, July and August in order to assist Governor Deal in the...more

The Eye of the TIGER: $526.944 Million Available in Grants for Road, Rail and Port Projects

Overview The Department of Transportation ("DOT") is once again making grant funds available for road, rail and port projects under the Grants for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Program, commonly...more

EU Sanctions against Libya – Listing of Libyan Ports

On 7 June 2011, the Council of the European Union agreed Council Decision 2011/332/CFSP. The Decision set out the Council's intention to freeze the assets of six port authorities in Libya. The asset freeze took effect on the...more

Investing in Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - June 2011

Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin,Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: News about the Georgia Supreme Court's ruling on “commission” charter schools; a Federal Reserve Bank...more

Funds for infrastructure

In his fiscal year 2012 budget, President Obama included a proposal for a new, six-year surface transportation program worth $556 billion. In the first year, the budget proposes $50 billion in spending on roads, railroads...more

Iran Sanctions Update

The European Union has on 26 July 2010 imposed tough new economic sanctions against Iran, going beyond the fourth round of sanctions approved by the UN Security Council last month. The move echoes the US' tightening of its...more

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert: Pennsylvania’s Transportation Infrastructure – Will We All Pay? By Barbara A....

For the most part, we all want to drive on well maintained roads that get us to our destination as efficiently and safely as possible. Take me, for example. Every Monday through Friday I drive from my home in Lebanon to work...more

Car Dealers Dodge Financing Oversight

Auto dealers got a big break from Congress this week when the Senate voted to exclude them from the proposed new law creating a consumer finance agency. The vote was non-binding, but was by a large majority of 60-30, and is...more

TIGER II Roars Again: Continuation of Stimulus Act

The Department of Transportation has announced the availability of $600 million in grants for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure for projects that "will have a significant impact on the Nation; a...more

New U.S. Somalia Sanctions Impact Global Shipping, Piracy Incidents

White House Blocking Order has Implications for Owners, Charterers, and Insurers An Executive Order issued by the White House on April 13, 2010, blocks certain named individuals—identified by the U.S. government as...more

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