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Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

AASHTO’s New President on Trump and Challenges Facing Transportation

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Newly elected AASHTO President John Schroer has worn many hats in his 65 years. He’s run a commercial real estate business, served as the mayor of Franklin, Tennessee and in 2011, he was appointed commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation where he’s responsible for more than 3,400 employees. In Sept. 2017 the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials—Board Directors elected Schroer AASHTO president. In this Presidential Profile video Schroer explains why ensuring sustainable Federal funding for transportation is one of his top priorities. President Schroer also says he will work closely with the Trump administration and help State DOTs to prepare for the fast emerging technologies that are changing transportation as we know it.

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Transit Manufacturing Supports Jobs from Coast to Coast

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Transit Rail and Bus Manufacturing Facilities

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA Public dollars devoted to making capital improvements to public transportation systems support thousands of manufacturing jobs, in communities small and large, in nearly every state across the country. The supply chain for public transportation is as deep as it is wide, touching every corner of the country and employing thousands of Americans […]

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Funding flowing to Texas resulting soon in hundreds of immediate contracting opportunities

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

When the Hurricane Harvey federal disaster relief funding spigot finally opens in Washington, D.C., Texas cities and counties with recovery projects – some of which will be mega-million dollar projects – are hopeful their projects will be among those funded. And when the funding starts flowing, contracting opportunities will be abundant. Private-sector firms throughout the country willing to bring their experience and resources to the Texas Gulf Coast will be called on to contract with public-sector entities to help with the rebuilding of Texas.

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Startup firms partnering with government? Really?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. Startup companies of all types are hot topics today. They excite investors because some offer great revenue potential. The media loves to write about them and economic development organizations try to attract them because of the jobs they create. Small businesses are the backbone […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Namrita Kapur, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Namrita Kapur on The Infra blog

Our systems and services in infrastructure are pretty compromised right now, especially in areas that have been subject to extreme weather events. But even if they haven’t, we’ve got a lot of infrastructure that, frankly, is falling apart. We haven’t done a good job of maintaining it, and we don’t have enough resources to maintain or resuscitate that infrastructure. So the reason this is important is because it creates a path for being able to address that issue. To create the type of infrastructure that we need to provide energy security, safe drinking water, reliable transportation, all the services and needs we have from our day to day infrastructure that we aren’t receiving right now through our public sector.

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Citizens will hopefully get involved in this issue

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Just a week ago, the president started walking back his often-stated commitment to use $200 billion in federal funding to leverage another $800 billion in private capital and other non-federal funds for an infrastructure plan. Word from the Beltway this week is that a new “outline of principles” for an infrastructure plan will be forthcoming from the Trump administration, possibly in the next week or so.

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Fall 2017 Bond Elections

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Fall 2017 Bond Elections - Bonds at work in construction - Photo by Phil and Jo Schiffbauer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

From August through November 2017, voters across the country are being asked to approve hundreds of local bond propositions. The bonds that pass will provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracting opportunities for many types of firms. Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), which has been tracking all Texas bond elections and recently began tracking bond elections nationwide, is currently monitoring 470+ fall bond elections valued at more than $28 billion. The following article explains what bond are, the types of projects funded, and how contractors can follow the money to pursue bond-related contracting opportunities with local governments.

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Funding Trees for Health: An Analysis of Finance and Policy Actions to Enable Tree Planting for Public Health

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Figure E1. Trees and Public health. Conceptual model of the linkage between urban forestry funding and health funding.

The scientific case for the benefits of trees and urban nature has become more solid over the last few decades. Trees and other natural features in cities can help regulate water quality, water quantity, and the timing of water flow. They can help clean and cool the air, reducing harmful air pollutants and ambient air temperatures. They lend beauty to our streets, enhance citizens’ lives, and significantly increase property values. When you consider all the benefits that street trees can provide to society, there is a strong business case for increased societal investment. One study in California, for instance, found that for every $1 spent on tree planting and maintenance, urban trees deliver $5.82 in benefits.

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Broadband in Schools: Fulfilling Our Promise to America’s Students

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

In 2017, the progress made possible by E-rate modernization continued, reducing the number of students without high-speed Internet access by 5.1 million and the number of schools without 21st-century broadband infrastructure by 45%, thereby setting the stage for the nation to deliver on our promise of digital equity by 2020.

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Unlocking Private Capital to Finance Sustainable Infrastructure

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Private Capital to Finance Infrastructure - EDF + Business

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND EDF + BUSINESS Executive Summary Communities throughout the United States are facing unprecedented infrastructure challenges including compromised energy, water, and transportation systems. This is more than just a matter of inconvenience. Unless addressed, decades of neglect and lack of investment will result in loss of business sales, reduced jobs and wages, and […]

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