Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Nelson Araujo as Nevada’s Infrastructure Advisor. He will begin on April 11.
In this role, Araujo will work across all agencies and levels of government to ensure the State is successfully implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act federal program. The State is receiving more than $4 billion in federal funding, and below is the breakdown:
- $2.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs
- $459 million for public transportation
- $403 million for water infrastructure
- $293 million for airport improvements
- $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs
- $100 million for broadband infrastructure
- $38 million for the expansion of electric vehicle charging stations
- $12 million in cybersecurity infrastructure
- $8.6 million for wildfire prevention
Federal money will complement the work of the State Infrastructure Bank, which was created and funded by the Governor in the last legislative session.
Araujo most recently served as State Director for Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen. He previously served two terms in the Nevada State Assembly and is an experienced community leader.
“As a lifelong Nevadan, I look forward to working hard on behalf of the people of Nevada to implement strong, sustainable infrastructure initiatives that will benefit our State for generations to come,” Araujo said.
A graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Araujo began his career in public service in 2007, under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In 2011, he joined the Financial Guidance Center where he was responsible for the creation and oversight of Home Again: Nevada Homeowner Relief Program, a statewide program that connected Nevadans to housing resources.