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The Infrastructure of Sports: Should Cities Pay for Facilities?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Stadium at night

Since the very beginning of professional sports, cities have been contributing public funds to the constructions of stadiums in the hopes that such facilities would benefit their communities economically and culturally. However, more and more research calls the public sponsorship of sports into question. Is it truly advantageous for cities to invest in sports facilities, or would cities do better to reroute public funds to other community-building projects?

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Final Pitches for the DOT Smart City Challenge

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Final Pitches for the DOT Smart City Challenge

The USDOT has pledged up to $40 million (funding subject to future appropriations) to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Neukrug, Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Howard Neukrug, Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance, on The Infra Blog

Howard Neukrug is a Senior Fellow at the US Water Alliance. In this capacity he provides strategic guidance on key Alliance initiatives, serves as an official spokesperson for the organization, and leads the development of publications and initiatives to advance a sustainable water future for all.

“We need to get ahead of this in terms of infrastructure—whether it’s water or telecom, streets, bridges, highways, airports—and move forward. What’s more important to the future of our country and our children than the infrastructure that we leave them? The fact that the infrastructure that has been left to us was remarkable and strong, and has served us well as a nation and helped us in our growth. And at some point this investment is going to have to be increased into the future…We’re going to have to find more money, and when we find the money it will never be enough to do everything that we want to do.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd District

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Congressman Earl Blumenauer on The Infra Blog

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure.

“It’s not particularly headline grabbing unless there’s a system failure, but it is past time that we force this issue in every community. There is no substitute for engaging people in a very specific analysis of what happens in their own backyard and what the benefits are for getting this right.”

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June 8-10 in Atlanta, GA: Attend One Water Summit 2016

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
One Water Summit

Summit attendees will assess how water drives economic growth, environmental sustainability, and opportunity for all in the United States. Through inspiring plenary sessions, interactive panels, mobile workshops, and caucuses, participants will strategize on how to accelerate the adoption of integrated, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to water resource management.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab

Howard Jennings is Managing Director of Mobility Lab, a source of research and best practices for advocates to increase awareness and education about more and advanced transportation options for people.
“The basic infrastructure is something that people find pretty easy to take for granted, and it creeps up on them and they don’t realize that it’s getting worse and worse and worse. And so we at Mobility Lab are trying to put the emphasis back on helping people recognize that their quality of life is eroding and their ability to spend time with their family, the stress of their day-to-day lives and all these things are a result of our collective failure to invest in infrastructure…”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Author, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Janette Sadik-Khan - Photo by Olugbenro Photgraphy

Janette Sadik-Khan recently published Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets.

“What we’ve seen is that people really want to be in places, whether they’re young or old, that are safe, that are fun, where the quality of life is good and they’ve got lots of ways to get around that don’t involve driving…I think that what we need to do is also update our cities and update our streets to reflect the way that people want to use them.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senior Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is one of four Congressional Co-chairs who will participate in Infrastructure Week’s Advocacy Day on May 18th, including an open press briefing to raise awareness about the critical infrastructure needs in this country.

“The only way you can serve, I think, in Congress is to be an optimist, because there are days here that you could get discouraged. But we recognize that we have the strongest country in the world. We have the strongest country for many reasons. It’s the innovation of Americans; it’s our commitment towards each other; it’s for good governance; it’s the strength of America’s presence globally, but we know that we need to first take care of our concerns at home and that means let’s make sure that Americans have every opportunity that this great country offers.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Bill Peduto

William Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013. He has worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council, as a staffer and Member of Council representing District 8, and resides in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the city.

“So there’s always been a partnership between the ability to create and innovate and the ability to build—that’s in our DNA. We went through a thirty-year recession/depression, and now we have re-emerged where we were before, which is with a new 21st-century model. When we look at our infrastructure, we have the opportunity to be innovative once again.”

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Get Ready for INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK 2016 – May 16-23

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Infrastructure Week 2016

Don’t just stand there, do something! Infrastructure Week is about showing your constituents and your community how infrastructure plays a major role in day-to-day life. Whether you work in an infrastructure-related industry, are concerned about a specific issue, or just want to make your voice heard, there are plenty of ways you can participate in the week-long event.

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