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Archive for the ‘Competitiveness’ Category

Global Infrastructure Spending Outlook

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Figure 1. Seven regional groupings

PWC
OXFORD ECONOMICS
Oxford Economics estimates that if conditions stay as they are – what we are calling the baseline projection – capital project and infrastructure spending growth will likely remain low, hovering at about 2%, over the coming year, before inching up in 2017 and reaching about 5% in 2020. The improvement would be driven mainly by higher oil. However, even at 5% growth, infrastructure spending growth would be well below its double-digit levels before the global financial crisis.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: Engineering Excellence Awards

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
The 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry—showcased 151 ACEC Member Firm achievements from the United States and throughout the world…A panel of 29 judges, representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines, selected 24 projects for top awards—16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the Grand Conceptor Award, for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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One Oregon: A Vision for Oregon’s Transportation System

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Oregon Transportation by the numbers

STATE OF OREGON
GOVERNOR’S TRANSPORTATION VISION PANEL
In order to create the system that will best serve our future needs, one that allows for the efficient movement of people and products in an environmentally responsible way, we must be cognizant of current challenges in today’s transportation system and we must be willing to act.

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A National Strategy for Energy Security: The Innovation Revolution

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Oil Price Chart

SECURING AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE
ENERGY SECURITY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Too often, America’s exposure to the risks of oil dependence has been measured by consumers and
policymakers as a function of the price of oil at a specific point in time or our level of reliance on foreign
suppliers. The result has been long periods of inaction and inattention after each crisis, which simply
leaves the country dangerously exposed for the inevitable next crisis. The risk of such complacence
today is high. Low oil prices have reduced the sense of urgency shared throughout the country as
recently as 2014. Yet just as it has been so many times before, the oil market is in the midst of a cycle.
We must be better prepared when the tide once again turns.

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New Principles for Our Transportation Program

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Century Foundation: New Principles for Our Transportation Program

THE CENTURY FOUNDATION
The next president will need to create a true and comprehensive vision of America’s transportation infrastructure, a program to pursue that vision, and honest mechanisms to fund it. This report addresses the new principles that should serve as a foundation for a future transportation program that will enable America to meet its potential.

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International Lessons for Promoting Transit Connections to High-Speed Rail Systems

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Figure 1. Number of Urban Bus Lines vs. Population ÷ Number of HSR Stations

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The California High-Speed Rail (HSR) project has matured to the point that initial design of segments in the Central Valley was started in 2014, beginning the long process of completing the California HSR program. One significant concern that many communities involved in, or affected by, the California HSR project have is how to connect the new HSR passenger services to local urban transport, such as bus and light rail. The route and stations for the first segment of the HSR system are well known, but many questions remain about how HSR will be integrated into the existing (and future) California transportation system.

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The Native-Born STEM Shortage

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
STEM-table1

AMERICAN ACTION FORUM
AAF finds that the U.S. will be short roughly one million U.S. citizen STEM workers by 2024. However, this shortage is not consistent across all STEM occupations…AAF projects a surplus of almost 400,000 U.S. citizen STEM workers in occupations related to computer, mathematics, and life, physical, and social science.

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The State of Our Schools

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
The Nation Underinvests in Public School Facilities

21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON SCHOOL FACILITIES
THE CENTER FOR GREEN SCHOOLS
School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet we have no comprehensive national data source on K–12 public school infrastructure. Even at the state level, school facilities information is often scant. The dearth of official data and standards for our nation’s public school infrastructure has left communities and states working largely on their own to plan for and provide high-quality facilities…These realities inspired our three organizations to assemble the best available state-by-state data and propose a standards-based framework by which we can benchmark the nation’s investment.

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Road to Nowhere: Failing U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
CFR - Infographic - Road to Nowhere

COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
The United States should be spending more to improve and expand its transportation infrastructure, but instead barely spends enough to maintain the existing network. According to surveys, the quality of U.S. roads and transit is mediocre compared with other peer countries in the Group of Seven (G7). Although road and bridge conditions have actually been improving over time, capacity has not expanded as fast as population growth or miles driven. Congestion is now twice as bad as it was in the early 1980s.

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Public Transportation’s Role in the Knowledge Economy

Monday, March 14th, 2016
APTA - Public Transportation’s Role in the Knowledge Economy

AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
This study, which focused on the Silicon Beach Innovation District in Los Angeles County, CA; the Historic Technology District in northwest Austin, TX; and Research Triangle Park, one of the oldest research parks in the United States, located between Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, NC, finds that public transportation could be the determining factor in the success of innovation districts in the United States.

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