June 29, 2017
BIDP (BIDP Fact Sheet) was a one-time $30 million grant program administered by OEC that focused on identifying innovative solutions to interoperability along the northern and southern U.S. borders. The BIDP Closeout Report provides an overview of the program, lessons learned, and recommendations. The report also includes individual grantee reports on the seven selected communities that detail project outcomes, technical assistance, and partnerships. As a demonstration project, BIDP was intended to extend beyond the seven communities it funded. As such, OEC also produced the BIDP Study on Rural and Urban Area Interoperability Solutions along and across International Borders (BIDP Rural Urban Study). In this study, OEC examined the similarities and disparities in interoperability solutions for rural and urban border areas. The study is intended for border communities to consider BIDP best practices, example solutions, and key rural/urban takeaways that may be applicable in their communities.