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This Week, May 3-6: Smart Cities NYC ’17 Conference + Expo

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Smart Cities NYC

Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People, May 3-6 (smartcitiesnyc.com), is the first of its kind conference + expo to focus on the importance of civic engagement in urban innovation. SCNYC will convene thought leaders from around the world to advance ideas about innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion, with panels, in-depth workshops, exhibits and receptions

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Citizens, taxpayers, infrastructure contractors watch to see if there will actually be regulatory reform in Washington!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Lifting regulations on the construction industry

Here’s a question to ponder. Does American industry have reason to complain? AGC officials blame decades of federal regulatory failures for construction contractors’ inability to hire new employees, remain competitive and to update and help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. The regulatory restrictions, they say, create barriers that are harmful for industry, for American taxpayers and for the nation’s infrastructure and economy. They may be right!

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Higher costs, more disasters looming with absence of infrastructure spending

Friday, April 21st, 2017
An aerial view of the damaged Oroville Dam spillway as the California Department of Water Resources gradually reduced the outflow from the spillway from 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to zero on February 27, 2017. The reduction allows work to begin to remove debris at the spillway’s base and reduce water surface elevation in the diversion pool. Photo taken February 27, 2017.

Infrastructure failures are always costly, dangerous and often disastrous. They are occurring all too often these days and are simply symptomatic of the overall state of the country’s infrastructure…Although the year is young, 2017 has already brought numerous major infrastructures failures in many of the states. California has been hit particularly hard by damages from winter storms, mudslides and floods. Officials estimate that repair of storm damages to the state’s roads, highways and bridges will cost $860 million.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director, Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Eileen O

“In some communities, there is an affordability challenge. What we see, particularly on the clean-water side, is that in the 1970s when our systems were being built up, there was a federal investment; there were construction grants, there was enormous growth, but there has been a decline in that investment at the federal level. I believe the figure used to be at 63% federal invested; that’s gone down to 9% these days. So it’s the local communities that are actually paying the cost of these systems, and they need to understand the value and the importance of the systems to the quality of life, and to the economic vitality of their communities.”

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Route 72 Bridge in Ocean County, NJ

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff of Lawrenceville, NJ, has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for its design of the new Route 72 Bridge over Manahawkin Bay in Ocean County, NJ.

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Letter to Transportation Secretary Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Letters to Transportation Secretary Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall

Dear Secretary Chao: We write to encourage you to work with Congress to build consensus around real solutions to rebuild our Nation’s infrastructure. To achieve our shared goal of completing transportation projects that will bolster America’s economic competitiveness, it is essential that we work together to identify ways to provide robust increases in Federal funding for surface transportation.

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Transportation Leaders to Discuss Future Investment Outlook at Upcoming ACEC Annual Convention

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
ACEC Convention 2017

A national transportation panel will address Trump Administration infrastructure investment proposals, public-private partnerships, and contracting out on Monday, April 24th as part of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Annual Convention, to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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Join RPA Assembly 2017: April 21st, NYC

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
RPA Assembly 2017: Joe Biden, Keynote Speaker

This year’s Assembly will feature high-profile speakers and panel discussions on how the tri-state area can fulfill the promise of economic opportunity, meet the challenge of climate change and stay competitive with metropolitan areas around the world.

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Join Smart Cities NYC ’17: May 3-6, 2017

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People

Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People (May 3-6) will convene global mayors, CTOs, CIOs, and private sector and NGO leaders to explore how innovation and smart infrastructure are transforming cities, improving urban life, and creating more inclusive economies. The groundbreaking SCNYC17 conference and expo will be hosted at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard with our multi-sector sponsors and partners, including Microsoft, Smart Dubai, and Cities for Life, among others.

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Infrastructure: An Investment Worth Making

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Aerial Interchange - Infrastructure

America’s infrastructure is the safest investment our nation can make. But investing means more than tossing money at the problem. We need to streamline approval for construction projects, create more opportunities for public-private partnerships, and find a sustainable long-term funding mechanism to guarantee that projects can be completed down the road.

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