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Infrastructure & the 2015 State of the Union Address

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Infrastructure & the 2015 State of the Union Address

The message was clear in President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address: we need to put aside our differences and work together to build a comprehensive, long-term plan that will create jobs and restore our ailing infrastructure systems.

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Healthy Infrastructure – A Matter of Life and Death

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
broadband

This month an opinion piece came out on the Forbes website proposing that telemedicine’s day has come. The piece, written by venture capitalist Skip Fleshman, basically predicts that 2015 will be the year that remote interactions between medical professionals and patients become not just possible, but practical. “I spend a lot of time crisscrossing the country chatting with leading healthcare providers and insurers about their technology needs,” he writes. “By far the area they are most interested in is telemedicine.”…The people who stand the most to gain from Telemedicine are, unfortunately, the ones least likely to have the infrastructure needed for it. The CDC issued a report two years ago highlighting the various disparities in healthcare access by population groups in the U.S. In no surprise the report revealed that when viewed as groups, a number of factors reduced the availability of healthcare access.

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The Gas Tax and Some Fresh Thoughts on How to Pay For Transportation

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 26, No. 1
With gasoline prices at a five year low, isn’t this the perfect time to raise the federal gas tax? A growing chorus of voices including several infuential Republican Senators — John Thune (R-SD), Bob Corker (R-TN) Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT)—seem to think so. So does the Washington Post and the New York Times. “Now is the best time Washington has seen in years to raise the federal gas tax,” a Post editorial said. “A modest increase in the gas tax would hardly be noticeable to most Americans,” echoed the New York Times…President Obama isn’t so sure.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sustainability – Americas, Siemens Corporation

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Alison Taylor, Siemens Corporation

Alison Taylor is Vice President, Sustainability-Americas at Siemens Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for driving the sustainability program for the Americas and acting as a resource for sustainability initiatives across Siemens’ business sectors.

“Rather than fixing a short-term problem, or addressing a crisis, or repairing a problem that may have occurred, let’s say, after a major storm or mother-nature event, sustainability is about a more long-term view. Will we be able to count on that infrastructure many years in the future? How will it serve the public? How will it serve the needs of the city?”

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Interactive Map: Reducing Leakage from State Water Systems

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Cutting Our Losses Interactive Map

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has assembled a new resource to help plug the holes in our nation’s aging water infrastructure. According to the NRDC, “billions of gallons of water are lost every day from U.S. drinking water systems.” With climate change and demand patterns affecting water resources throughout the U.S., we need to do whatever it takes to monitor and prevent leakage system wide.

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February 4-5, Panama City: 3rd Annual Central American & Caribbean Capital Projects & Infrastructure Summit

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Central American & Caribbean Capital Projects & Infrastructure Summit 2015

The 3rd Annual Central American & Caribbean Capital Projects & Infrastructure Summit will unite the regions gathering the largest project developers, concessionaires, construction companies, operators, investors and government leaders to discuss opportunities about a wide variety of sectors including: roads & highway networks, canals and ports, airports, railways, mining infrastructure, telecom infrastructure, oil and gas, real state, mass transportation systems, water sanitation and sewage and technology.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Authority

Therese McMillan is currently the Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She joined FTA as Deputy Administrator on July 2, 2009. As Deputy, McMillan assisted the Administrator in leading a staff of more than 500 in the Washington D.C. headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the United States, and implementing an annual budget approximating $10 billion.

“The economic impact of transit investments has different faces…First, it should be recognized that any time you are building and repairing transit services, that in and of itself is creating jobs in the near term. Another thing, though, that’s important to think about in terms of economic impact, is the ability of transit to connect people to their jobs, and often to connect them in a more efficient and effective way than being caught in traffic and congestion.”

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For highway innovation, 2014 was a very good year

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Tappan Zee Work Underway

Innovation and investment in infrastructure doesn’t take a holiday. Throughout 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been relentless in working with state DOTs to save time, save money and save lives, by encouraging the use of innovative technologies and methods to build roads, bridges and highways better, faster and more cost-effectively.

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Department of Energy: Top 5 Maps and Interactive Graphics of 2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014
Space-Based Solar Power

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYWritten by Daniel Wood, Data Integration SpecialistHi all, it’s your friendly neighborhood cartography and interactive graphics engineer here at Energy.gov. It’s been a fun year for us building maps and graphics that we hope have helped you explore new ideas (and age-old ones). Here are the top five maps and interactive graphics as […]

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Interactive Map: Where Do Trains Carry Crude Oil?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Crude Connections: Where Do Trains Carry Crude Oil?

Rail fans can still spot coal-laden boxcars from coast to coast, but today’s locomotives are increasingly likely to pull tankers full of crude oil. Largely stemming from the fracking boom in North Dakota, crude oil transportation by rail has reached unprecedented heights in past years. In response to a growing number of accidents–some on an apocalyptic scale, as in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec–ProPublica assembled an interactive map to let you know whose tankers carry crude oil, where they’re coming from, and where they’re going.

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