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Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation: Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation: Mammoth Cave National Park

This video takes a look at how the U.S. Department of Energy is helping to support a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles at Mammoth Cave National Park, reducing carbon emissions and preserving the park’s natural beauty.

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Railroad Financing: Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Number and Dollar Amount of Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program Loans Approved, Fiscal Years 1998 through 2015, by Loan Type

Financing the various rail infrastructure projects will be challenging. Congress has not funded the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program—a program used to fund passenger rail projects—since fiscal year 2010 and appropriations to Amtrak have remained relatively steady at about $1.4 billion over the last 5 years. One potential source of funding is FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, which is a $35 billion loan and loan guarantee program to finance, among other things, freight and passenger rail facilities. Since program inception in 1998 about $2.7 billion in loans have been executed, and no loan guarantees have been made.

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Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Aeronautics Division

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Aeronautics Division

We visit the Salt Lake International Airport where the Utah Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics is headquartered. Director Pat Morley explains what they do and why it’s so important to UDOT’s mission of innovating transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Congressman Peter DeFazio

In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

“[Citizens] need to speak up, speak out. They need to contact their members of congress, their senators. They need to particularly weigh in in an election year and, go to a debate, or ask them a question as publicly as you can, ‘what are you going to do to fix Americas infrastructure?'”

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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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An Infrastructure Plan for America: How Investing in Infrastructure Will Lay the Foundation for Prosperity, Advance Environmental Goals, and Rebuild the Middle Class

Monday, July 18th, 2016
FIGURE 1 Transportation funding distribution

Infrastructure is the foundation that makes everything in the U.S. economy possible. Infrastructure is also essential to our national competitiveness. When done right, infrastructure investments produce broad-based prosperity for American businesses and workers, facilitating social mobility and enabling access to opportunities, people, and ideas.

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Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Thom talks to caller Bob about the fact that we should all be upset by our national need to invest in infrastructure.

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Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Figure 1: Industry Transformation Framework

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
The Engineering & Construction (E&C) industry strongly affects the economy, the environment and society as a whole. It touches the daily lives of everyone, as quality of life is heavily influenced by the built environment surrounding people. The construction industry serves almost all other industries, as all economic value creation occurs within or by means of buildings or other “constructed assets”. As an industry, moreover, it accounts for 6% of global GDP. It is also the largest global consumer of raw materials, and constructed objects account for 25-40% of the world’s total carbon emissions.

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Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

Monday, July 4th, 2016
Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Montgomery County Schools an Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant. With funding from the grant and additional support from partners,Curriculum Associates, Golden LEAF Foundation and Dream Builders Communications, the school system launched a new initiative, “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS). Montgomery County Schools started a one device per student (1:1) program and outfitted eight buses with WiFi hotspots.

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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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