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Pension funds make billions available for infrastructure projects

Monday, July 18th, 2016
Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships Inc.

Written by Mary Scott Nabers
President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Public pension funds represent about 18 percent of American-based institutional investment in infrastructure. And, at the end of the first quarter of this year, the number of public pension funds investing in unlisted infrastructure funds rose 12 percent from last year and 76 percent from five years ago.

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Interactive Infographic: Commutes Around the Country

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Mark Evans - ACS Commuter Data Visualizations

This interactive infographic from Mark Evans superimposes mesmerizing animated dots over the familiar maps of our nation’s cities, showing just how far commuters go to get to work.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jim Pawloski, President, Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Jim Pawloski

Jim Pawloski is President of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. He has been a dam safety engineer with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality since 1989. Jim spent five years with STS Consultants (now AECOM) prior to joining the State of Michigan.

“…What we’re trying to do with the Association of State Dam Safety Officials is to improve the condition of dams and improve the safety of dams and the safety around dams. Our association does that in a couple of ways: one of them is through education…Our organization also helps support all of the state dam safety programs throughout the country…And one of the other things we’ve tried to do is build and encourage a unified front in the dam safety business, to try to create awareness for everyone.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Martha Roskowski, Vice President of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes

Martha Roskowski directs PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project, jumpstarting protected bike lanes and low-cost street retrofits in U.S. cities. Martha enjoys being part of the PeopleForBikes team and the way protected bike lanes turn a busy street into a comfortable and inviting place to ride.

“…What’s happening is there’s this realization that if you provide people with safe and comfortable places to ride by creating protected bike lanes on big, busy streets, by connecting them to completely separated pathways and side streets where the volume and speed of traffic is low, that people will ride. So they’re not crazy to not be out there on the streets today. The good news is that there’s rapid progress. In transportation terms there’s pretty rapid progress toward retrofitting streets to provide those spaces where people feel safe, and they are safe.”

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It’s National Dump The Pump Day!

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
National Dump the Pump Day: June 16, 2016

It’s time to celebrate the 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day…National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

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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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