FY24 Congressionally Directed Spending Disclosures
Congress—on a bipartisan basis and with enhanced transparency and accountability—restored its authority to include Congressionally Directed Spending in the FY24 federal appropriations process. All congressionally-directed spending requests must comply with Senate Rule XLIV, which requires rigorous procedures for transparency and accountability, as well as the Senate Appropriation Committee’s requirements.
Senator Durbin has submitted the following Illinois initiatives to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. This list will be updated on a rolling basis as requests are submitted to the Committee. Please note that submission of an initiative does NOT guarantee that it will receive funding.
In compliance with Senate Rule XLIV and Committee requirements, Senator Durbin has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the initiatives he has requested.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Capital Improvements, Peoria, Illinois.
$6 million to the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), a federal lab that has been responsible for countless agriculture, food safety, environmental, and health care discoveries since its inception, for necessary modernizations to the federal buildings that house laboratories of the Agricultural Research Service. These improvements include the replacement of the fire alarm system, components of which are no longer supported by the manufacturer, posing a life safety issue at the facility.
Capital Improvements, Urbana, Illinois.
$600,000 to the Agricultural Research Service for necessary repairs and modernizations to their facilities in Urbana, Illinois. These improvements include repairs and updates to domestic water distribution equipment and piping; heating and cooling systems; and electrical systems.
Event Center, Simpson, Illinois.
$900,000 to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois for an event center at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (DSAC), an existing 5,000-acre livestock, forestry, and agricultural demonstration facility in Southern Illinois. This project will allow DSAC to expand its education, workforce development, and community events and trainings.
Fire Station, Carrier Mills, Illinois.
$375,000 to the Village of Carrier Mills to construct a new fire station large enough to allow all emergency and fire equipment to be housed together at the same indoor facility. The Carrier Mills Fire Department encompasses over 130 square miles and includes a neighboring community that is without a fire station.
Medical Clinic, Louisville, Illinois.
$800,000 to the Clay County Hospital and Medical Clinics to construct a new medical office building that is more than three times larger than the current facility, which was designed to be a one-provider office but currently houses three primary care providers. This 5,000 square foot clinic will better serve the community by accommodating additional medical providers and mental health services.
Rural Telemedicine Expansion, Eastern Illinois.
$750,000 to OSF HealthCare to expand a rural telemedicine program to underserved rural areas in Champaign, Vermillion and Douglas Counties. The acquisition of three digitally-enabled mobile clinic vans will serve approximately 250,000 residents of rural eastern Illinois, providing health screenings, patient education and navigation, specimen collection, vaccinations, and other services utilizing an RN or provider on site.
Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies
Electrical power initiative, Peoria, Illinois.
$950,000 to Bradley University to acquire equipment to conduct research to develop electrification standards for reliable power production. This project will also develop standards based on sound economic analysis to ensure industry produces energy systems to meet these standards.
Equipment and technology upgrades, Matteson, Illinois.
$1,000,000 to the SouthCom Combined Dispatch Center for equipment and technology upgrades including police body cameras, squad car enhancements, police protective equipment, and the installation of emergency dispatch consoles. The SouthCom Combined Dispatch Center provides fire, police and emergency medical dispatching services for constituents within the south suburbs of Chicago and serves approximately 65,000 citizens.
First responders mental health initiative, Rosemont, Illinois.
$850,000 to the McDermott Center to expand a program started in summer 2022 to support the mental health of first responders through intensive retreats that are offered to law enforcement, firefighters, healthcare workers, death workers, etc. This program is aimed at providing respite, education, support and intervention for participants from across Illinois to address the impact of cumulative and critical incident traumatic stress exposure.
Offshore seismic mapping, Chicago, Illinois.
$550,000 to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to produce detailed geologic maps of the bottom of Lake Michigan in the Chicago offshore area. These maps will contribute to a better understanding of the distribution and movement of nearshore sand, which is critical for evaluating the sustainability of public beaches, as well as provide insight into lakebed ecology and habitat.
Semiconductor initiative, Romeoville, Illinois.
$900,000 to Lewis University to purchase equipment to promote the modernization of semiconductor manufacturing processes through research into the development of new production methods and technologies.
Technology upgrades, Rockford, Illinois.
$825,000 to Winnebago County to purchase equipment for the Winnebago County Regional Police Training Center to provide a real-world, educational experience to law enforcement officers in a controlled, convenient location.
Technology upgrades, Springfield, Illinois.
$300,000 to the City of Springfield Police Department for software upgrades that would allow cross communication between body cameras, dispatch, shot spotter, computers, and other technologies in order to provide faster response times by officers.
Chicago Area Waterways System Restoration, Chicago Area, Illinois.
$200,000 to the Army Corps of Engineers to begin a feasibility study on a comprehensive restoration plan for the Chicago River system in coordination with the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
Cook County Projects, Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois.
$20 million to the Army Corps of Engineers for environmental infrastructure projects in Cook and Lake Counties.
Environmental Infrastructure Program, Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois.
$21 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to expand its ongoing sewer rehab work in Cahokia Heights and to complete its ongoing sewer rehab projects in Wood River and Belleville.
Environmental Infrastructure Program, Will County, Illinois.
$10 million to the Army Corps of Engineers for environmental infrastructure projects in Will County.
Flint Lake Dam Removal, Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois.
$200,000 to the Army Corps of Engineers for a feasibility study to identify solutions for ecosystem restoration of Flint Creek.
McCook and Thornton Reservoirs, Harvey, Blue Island, and South Holland, Illinois.
$20 million to the Metropolitan Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to alleviate flooding in Harvey, Blue Island, and South Holland.
Rock Island Small Boat Harbor, Rock Island, Illinois.
$1 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Sunset Marina in Rock Island.
Upper Miss River - Illinois WW System, IL, IA, MN, MO, & WI .
$120 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to continue progress on the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), which will expand and modernize seven locks at the most congested lock locations along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers as well as fund $1.7B in ecosystem restoration.
Financial Services and General Goverment
Clean technology initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$475,000 to Evergreen Climate Innovations to support Illinois-based clean technology startups through business development training, professional mentorship, market strategies, and networking opportunities.
Digitization and preservation initiative, Naperville, Illinois.
$800,000 to the Naperville Heritage Society to preserve and digitize archives, artifacts, and records that demonstrate the diverse history and inhabitants of Naperville and the State of Illinois. These efforts will allow the collection to be accessible to individuals regardless of location.
Manufacturing supply chain initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$675,000 to mHUB, a manufacturing innovation center, to develop a regional supply chain network to connect domestic suppliers and contract manufacturers with hard-tech entrepreneurs through technical assistance and network development. Such industry associations will help lower barriers to entrepreneurship and manufacturing, and improve startups’ chances of success.
Photographic digitization initiative, Bloomington, Illinois.
$550,000 to the McLean County Historical Society to continue the digitization of 1.5 million photographic negatives of The Pantagraph. These images will be accessible to the public and tell the story of life in Central Illinois between 1930-2000.
Jaycee Park Detention Improvements, Schaumburg, Illinois.
$482,000 to the Village of Schaumburg to remove a storm sewer and extend a drainage ditch, providing flood storage for the West Branch of the DuPage River.
Storm Water Improvements, Normal, Illinois.
$2 million to the Town of Normal to install storm sewer extensions in Uptown Normal to prevent flooding that impacts local businesses, hotels, and Illinois State University dorms housing more than 2,200 students.
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Auburn Street Water Main Replacement, Rockford, Illinois.
$3 million to the City of Rockford to replace an aging, high-risk water main along the Auburn Street corridor, a historically underserved and impoverished area of Rockford.
Grand Prairie Water Commission Development, Joliet, Illinois.
$500,000 to the City of Joliet to facilitate the development of the Grand Prairie Regional Water Commission that will include the communities of to better address a looming water shortage in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, including Channahon, Crest Hill, Joliet, Minooka, Romeoville, and Shorewood.
Lake Michigan Water Source Project, Kendall County, Illinois.
$2.5 million to Kendall County for engineering and design work on the Lake Michigan Water Source Project to make Lake Michigan the preferred water source of the Villages of Oswego and Montgomery, and the United City of Yorkville.
Lead Service Line Replacement, Aurora, Illinois.
$2 million to the City of Aurora to accelerate the replacement of Aurora’s 20,000 lead service lines to provide safe potable drinking water and comply with state law. Aurora has the second highest number of lead service lines in the state.
Lead Service Line Replacement, Quincy, Illinois.
$2 million to the City of Quincy accelerate the replacement of Quincy’s 6,000 lead service lines with a focus on schools, day care centers, and other locations serving children in low-income areas.
New Water Distribution Line, Montgomery, Shelby, and Fayette Counties, Illinois.
$1 million to EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. to construct new water lines as well as a storage tank to provide higher quality and more reliable water to 13 communities and more than 7,000 households in a designated rural area of central Illinois.
Research on Rapid In-Home Lead Tests, DeKalb, Illinois.
$500,000 to Northwestern University’s Center for Synthetic Biology to test widespread use of a rapid lead test for water it has developed.
Route 29 Water Main Replacement, Peoria Heights, Illinois.
$177,000 to the Village of Peoria Heights to replace aging water mains along Illinois Route 29.
Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Rehabilitation, Hanover Park, Illinois.
$900,000 to the Village of Hanover Park to rehabilitate of six sanitary sewer lift stations.
Sewer Separation, Bloomington, Illinois.
$2 million to the City of Bloomington separate currently combined stormwater and sanitary sewer systems in Bloomington, to prevent overflows, sewer backups, and flooding of homes and area waterways.
Water Plant Upgrades, East Alton, Illinois.
$5 million to the Village of East Alton to increase its water plant capacity and ensure a sustainable water supply for the village's residential and industrial customers in the area.
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Addressing Mental Health Among Adolescents, Chicago, Illinois.
$450,000 to Communities United to implement a violence prevention youth development program and community engagement activities for youth.
Advanced Practice Nursing Program, River Forest, Illinois.
$1 million to Dominican University to create a new Masters in Nursing (MSN) program that will support curriculum development, advanced practice nursing simulations, the hiring of qualified nurse educators, and scholarships.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Support, Jacksonville, Illinois.
$911,000 to Illinois College to renovate classroom space, acquire new technology, and provide scholarship opportunities to increase enrollment of nursing students from rural Illinois and address health care shortages.
Behavioral Health Program for Youth, Chicago, Illinois.
$1.25 million to the Sinai Health System to expand trauma-informed mental health services at Holy Cross Hospital.
Building a Rural Nurse Educator Workforce, Lebanon, Illinois.
$980,000 to McKendree University to elevate nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, to build a pipeline of qualified nurse educators and faculty in southern and south-central Illinois .
Career Pipeline Program, Oak Lawn, Illinois.
$500,000 to Advocate Christ Medical Center to provide summer internships to local college students for exposure to career opportunities in the health care field.
Climate Works Pre-Apprenticeship Hubs, Springfield, Illinois.
$500,000 to Climate Jobs Illinois to partner with local union affiliates, non-profits, and faith-based organizations to conduct targeted outreach and provide quality pre-apprenticeship training and classes.
Clinic in West Garfield Park Wellness Center, Chicago, Illinois.
$3 million to Erie Family Health Center to offer primary health care services within the larger Sankofa wellness center.
Community Health Center Modernization, Will County, Illinois.
$500,000 to Will County Health Department to upgrade and expand the county’s facility, which delivers primary care services to a low-income and at-risk population.
Career and Technical Education Program, Chicago, Illinois.
$750,000 to Chicago Public Schools to invest in its Career and Technical Education Program, which equips students to transition successfully into postsecondary education, advanced career training, and meaningful careers.
Emergency Services Trainings Center Equipment, Palatine, Illinois.
$1 million to Harper College to provide safety equipment and technology, including a fire engine, fire training simulators, and fire training equipment for Harper College’s Emergency Services Training Center.
Foglia Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, Crystal Lake, Illinois.
$1.06 million to McHenry County College to purchase equipment for the Foglia Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation’s two training labs.
Gale Elementary School-Based Health Center, Chicago, Illinois.
$415,000 to Tapestry 360 Health to relocate and expand an existing school-based health center at Gale Elementary School.
Health Care Career Facility, Canton, Illinois.
$1 million to Spoon River College to address health care workforce shortages by constructing a simulation laboratory to educate more students in registered nursing and allied health profession programs in rural Illinois.
Health Center Expansion, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the Inner-City Muslim Action Network to double the capacity of its Health Center from 10,000 to 20,000 patients.
Integrated Practice Unit for Adolescent Health, Danville, Illinois.
$450,000 to Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness to fund the one-time cost of capital equipment purchase and limited-scope renovation at Aunt Martha's Vermilion Area Community Health Center, creating a new clinical space for an Integrated Practice Unit where low-income teens and young adults will receive personalized health services.
Intensive Care Unit Modernization, Belleville, Illinois.
$1.25 million to Memorial Hospital Belleville to renovate its intensive care unit.
Juvenile Justice Service Expansion, Chicago, Illinois.
$750,000 to TASC, Inc. to expand specialized case management services, including the expansion of substance use disorder treatment and recovery support, to youth involved in the juvenile justice system across eleven counties.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, Chicago, Illinois.
$550,000 to Ascension Health Resurrection Medical Center to build a Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic to expand access to care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and births.
Mental & Behavioral Health Response Center, Rockford, Illinois.
$950,000 to the City of Rockford to construct a Mental and Behavioral Health Response Center on the west side of Rockford.
New Mental & Behavioral Health Site in Austin, Chicago, Illinois.
$500,000 to ACCESS Community Health to build a new clinic and triple capacity to deliver pediatrics, behavioral health, and mental health services.
New Rural Health Clinic Construction, Carlinville, Illinois.
$600,000 to Carlinville Area Hospital to construct a new rural health clinic.
New Site in Southwest Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
$1.5 million to Alivio Medical Center to build a new clinic, expanding access to 15,000 new patients with obstetrics and midwifery services paired with a birth center, behavioral health, pediatrics, internal medicine, urgency care, dentistry, and a pharmacy.
Nutrition Education, Chicago, Illinois.
$750,000 to Common Threads for evidence-based, culturally-responsive nutrition education programs to serve additional Illinois students and adults, and to facilitate experiential education at Chicago schools.
Our American Voice, Chicago, Illinois.
$250,000 to the Barat Education Foundation to digitize the Our American Voice civic learning and engagement program curriculum, making it available to every school in Illinois.
Peoria Addiction Center, Peoria, Illinois.
$752,000 to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois to establish an Addiction Center.
School-Based Mental Health Services, Chicago, Illinois.
$1.5 million to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois to expand school-based health services delivered by the University of Illinois and Rush University in Chicago.
Social Work Behavioral Health Simulation Lab, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to Loyola University Chicago to train social workers and allied behavioral health professionals, through the purchase of equipment to enable simulation trainings.
STEM Education Program Support, Chicago, Illinois.
$995,000 to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) to provide support to 700,000 students in 216 schools across Chicago, as well as in libraries and other community-based locations. This request will allow MSI to reach an additional 20,000 students in underserved areas of the City.
Trauma-Informed Community Mental Health Service Expansion, Chicago, Illinois.
$850,000 to the Chinese American Service League, Inc. to provide trauma-informed community mental health services to Chinese Americans and other low-income and at-risk populations of color.
Trauma-Informed Facility, Chicago, Illinois.
$500,000 to Connections for Abused Women and their Children to construct a new, trauma-informed facility that will provide beds for 45 survivors of domestic violence and expand the delivery of counseling, legal advocacy, and crisis intervention services.
Upgrading Science Facilities and Building a Nursing Pipeline, Greenville, Illinois.
$665,000 to Greenville University to support technology upgrades and provide scholarships to nursing students.
Upskilling Teacher Aides to Special Education Teachers, DeKalb, Illinois.
$1.66 million to Northern Illinois University to support its College of Education’s LEAP program, which enrolls local paraprofessionals (teacher aides) and upskills them in two years into special education teachers by helping them obtain a bachelor’s degree and licensure.
Violence Recovery Services, Chicago, Illinois.
$1.1 million to University of Chicago Medical Center to fund a collaboration with Metropolitan Family Services to deliver street outreach and violence recovery services.
Water Quality Analysis Testing, Rock Island, Illinois.
$1.06 million to Augustana College to enhance water testing and analysis capabilities for Augustana College’s Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities.
Workforce Development, Chicago, Illinois.
$750,000 to ASI, Inc. to provide career services, including supporting job search and placement assistance, for people of color working with older adults in the healthcare sector.
Military Construction/Veterans Affairs
General Richard L. Jones National Guard Readiness Center Alteration, Chicago, Illinois.
$5 million for planning and design for major alternations to the General Richard L. Jones National Guard Readiness Center in Chicago, Illinois. This facility was built in 1931 and remains one of the largest readiness centers in the country. However, it is currently underutilized due to a significant need for renovation and modernization. Maintaining an active presence and providing a clean, safe, and functional facility to capitalize on the recruiting, retention, and readiness efforts in Chicago is critical to meeting National Guard priorities.
National Guard Vehicle Maintenance Shop, Bloomington, Illinois.
$5.2 million for construction of a vehicle maintenance shop to support operations for the Illinois Army National Guard in Bloomington.
North Riverside Access Control Building, North Riverside, Illinois.
$3.4 million for construction of a new access control building at the North Riverside Armory, which supports a large Chicagoland installation of multiple Illinois Army Guard Brigades. A new, 950-square-foot access control building will help improve conditions for military activities, including drill weekends and Annual Training.
Peoria Readiness Center, Peoria, Illinois.
$3.05 million for planning and design for a new readiness center facility for the Illinois Army Guard in Peoria. A new, consolidated single facility instead of three separate degraded buildings will support nearly 300 soldiers.
Philip H. Sheridan Reserve Center Area Maintenance Support Activity, Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
$36 million for construction of a new facility at the Sheridan Army Reserve Center to support training and field and sustainment level maintenance of military equipment for Illinois Army Reserve soldiers. The Area Maintenance Support Activity mission requires facilities built to current standards to conduct maintenance of specialized military equipment.
Rock Island Arsenal Child Development Center, Rock Island, Illinois.
$12.8 million for construction of additions to two existing Child Development Centers at Rock Island Arsenal, which will result in a single facility intended to increase child care capacity. Existing facilities need upgrades to be compliant with current Child Development Center and Department of Defense standard design guidelines and safety requirements. These funds will be critical to addressing existing wait list challenges for child care at the Arsenal and will improve quality of life for military families.
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
74th Street Garage EV Bus Implementation Project, Chicago, Illinois.
$1.5 million to the Chicago Transit Authority to redesign its 74th Street Bus Garage in Englewood for the electrical upgrades needed for expansion of its EV bus fleet.
Attucks School Restoration, Carbondale, Illinois.
$1.5 million to the City of Carbondale to restore Attucks High School—an African American school that was closed in 1964 when Carbondale schools were integrated—to house the African American Museum of Southern Illinois.
Bike/Ped Connector, Pontoon Beach, Illinois.
$1 million to the Madison County Mass Transit District to construct a bike/pedestrian trail in the historically-disadvantaged community of Venice, to improve multimodal access to public transit and address long-standing pedestrian access issues.
Bus Safety Improvements, McLean County, Illinois.
$800,000 to Connect Transit to install collision avoidance technologies on its buses that that will increase pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Community Center, Galesburg, Illinois.
$1 million to the City of Galesburg to renovate a former school into a new community center for Galesburg residents. The community lost its last remaining community center to a fire in 2016.
Cultivating a Local Circular Economy, Chicago, Illinois.
$150,000 to Plant Chicago to renovate a former firehouse, in the Back of the Yards/New City neighborhood, to serve as a community center providing indoor farming, education programing for schools and small businesses, farmers’ markets, community gathering space, and waste diversion, among other opportunities.
Early Childhood Center Renovation, North Chicago, Illinois.
$2 million to North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 for infrastructure renovations at Green Bay Early Childhood Center, which is North Chicago Community Unit School District 187’s only preschool. The project includes renovation of several classrooms to better accommodate special needs students.
Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure Program, Statewide, Illinois.
$2 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation to provide grant funding to Illinois transit districts for new electric buses and charging infrastructure.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Masterplan, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the City of Chicago for an EV infrastructure master plan for EV deployment at O’Hare Airport, including identification of necessary charging infrastructure for airport fleet vehicles, passenger vehicles, tenant vehicles, and service providers.
EV Bus Procurement, Champaign County, Illinois.
$2 million to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to purchase three new EV buses to replace existing diesel buses.
Great River Trail Multi-Use Rehab, Rock Island, Illinois.
$644,000 to the City of Rock Island to rehabilitate the Great River Trail, a multi-use recreation trail along the Mississippi River that is popular with pedestrians, runners, and bikers and provides access to the Rock Island’s downtown core, Schweibert Park, and Rock Island Plaza.
Lincoln Library Youth Services Renovation, Springfield, Illinois.
$1 million to the City of Springfield to renovate the Youth Services space at the Lincoln Library’s downtown location.
Marjorie Kovler Center ADA Upgrades, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights make the 80-year-old Marjorie Kovler Center fully ADA-accessible, which will increase the reach of its services to the growing number of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers arriving each year.
Microtransit Pilot, Decatur, Illinois.
$2.5 million to the City of Decatur to implement a Microtransit pilot program, using EVs to provide cost-efficient transit services to disadvantaged residents and fill geographical and schedule gaps in current transit service.
Safety and Security Upgrades, Chicago, Illinois.
$2.5 million to Navy Pier Inc. to upgrade critical safety systems in Navy Pier’s parking garages, including surveillance cameras, fire suppression sprinklers, and emergency intercoms.
Southwest Connector, Murphysboro, Illinois.
$3 million to the City of Murphysboro to advance the Southwest Connector Project, which will build a 60-mile, four-lane rural expressway providing access from Southern Illinois to St. Louis, connecting Columbia, Waterloo, Red Bud, Sparta, Pinckneyville, Murphysboro, and Carbondale.
Stepping Stones Expansion, Bloomington, Illinois.
$850,000 to YMCA McLean County for capital improvements, including the renovation and the necessary expansion of its space for the Stepping Stones program, McLean County’s sexual assault crisis center.
Stormwater Containment Project, Chicago, Illinois.
$200,000 to the North Austin Community Center to transform its remaining vacant outdoor space into a useable children’s play space through the construction of an underground stormwater retention system.
Terminal Apron Expansion, Mascoutah, Illinois.
$2.5 million to the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to expand the airport’s apron to accommodate three new aircraft parking positions associated with the newly expanded passenger terminal.
West Side Urban Agriculture Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center to construct two greenhouses in Humboldt Park to increase food security and urban agriculture skills in a community impacted by poverty and disinvestment.
Workforce Accelerator Program, Chicago, Illinois.
$400,000 to the North Lawndale Employment Network to transform a vacant lot across the street from its Employment Center’s workforce development campus into a community pavilion that will be home to an agriculture and environmental workforce accelerator program.