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URGENT MESSAGE FROM INFRASTRUCTUREUSA’S FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Urgent message from InfrastructureUSA's managing director

The subject of infrastructure is once again, finally, being seriously discussed. The Trump administration has repeated a commitment to address our failing infrastructure, and to develop fiscal strategies for funding comprehensive national infrastructure investment. This is a start.

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2016 Election Transit Scorecard

Friday, November 11th, 2016
CTAA - 2016 Transit Election Scorecard

32 communities holding transit ballot measures, $200 billion proposed across all ballot measures

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After the Election: Infrastructure and President Trump

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Donald Trump, President-Elect

Early in the morning on Wednesday, November 9th, President-Elect Donald Trump emerged victorious after a highly controversial campaign. The win came as a surprise to many, forcing stakeholders across the infrastructure industries to re-think the future in terms of policy, funding, and political will. Below are a few highlights that offer an idea of the broad spectrum of reactions within the infrastructure world.

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2016 Texas Transportation Poll

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Texas Transportation Poll - Overall State Results

In spring 2016, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute initiated the second Texas Transportation Poll, a survey of more than 4,000 Texans that assesses public opinion surrounding the following transportation issues: Travel behavior, Travel solutions, Transportation funding, Customer satisfaction with governmental agencies…The biennial survey allows researchers to track changes in public perceptions over time and to give lawmakers a longitudinal view of public sentiment regarding transportation and mobility in Texas. This executive summary presents a top-level synopsis of the survey findings compared to 2014.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Ed Mortimer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“I think it’s the first time in recent history that we’ve seen two presidential candidates talk about the infrastructure needs and willingness to address the infrastructure funding deficit…So we really feel like the public is starting to get more engaged, starting to understand that we do have infrastructure needs around the country and are willing to come to the table to have serious discussions to figure out how to solve these problems.”

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Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Regional breakdown

The wind industry has come a long way, but still more has to be done. World wind power generation capacity reached 435 gigawatts at the end of 2015, which is only 7% of total global power generation capacity. To push this figure higher, governments should implement a range of measures and support schemes like feed in tariffs, renewable portfolio standards in combination with auctions, and production tax credits. As shares of wind continue to increase, countries must also take steps to create power systems that can integrate large amounts of variable wind energy, exploring smart grids, storage technologies and other grid management mechanisms.

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Infrastructure for Growth: the Dawn of a New Multi-Trillion Dollar Asset Class

Monday, October 24th, 2016
The Very Strong Case for Boosting Infrastructure Investment

With interest rates close to zero, or in some cases negative in real terms, and the bazooka of QE already widely deployed, policymakers are running out of monetary levers to pull. This leaves us with the potential of fiscal stimulus, one aspect of which is infrastructure spending which can boost growth using both short-term demand effects, and longer-term supply effects, with the so-called multiplier effect implying that, if done correctly, the resulting GDP boost is larger than the initial investment.

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Aging Dams and Clogged Rivers: An Infrastructure Plan for America’s Waterways

Friday, October 21st, 2016
FIGURE 1 Number of dams per age range, by 2020

Functional or not, the dams that dot the country cannot simply be ignored or forgotten. Indeed, these dams pose a significant safety problem: ASCE classifies nearly 4,000 dams as “deficient.” Furthermore, these structures continue to block an estimated 600,000 miles of rivers in the United States. A new analysis by the Center for American Progress for this report demonstrates that dams and reservoirs have modified the flow of 71 percent of Western rivers by length and that Western rivers are 66 percent more fragmented than they would be in their natural state.

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A Roadmap for Financing Sustainable Infrastructure

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Photo credit: Flickr/IIP Photo Archive

Investing in sustainable infrastructure is key to tackling the three central challenges facing the global community: reigniting growth, delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, and reducing climate risk in line with the Paris Agreement…The Global Commission has identified a number of priority actions to rapidly shift investments toward sustainable infrastructure. A number of their previous recommendations are also relevant to this agenda.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Capture Planning Paves the Way to Winning

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Tampa Airport People Mover

Capture planning, which may go by different names at different engineering firms, initially gained popularity in the public sector in the 1990s. Over the past 20 years, it has emerged as a best practice for both public and private sector business development. Essentially, it’s the process of proactively identifying or creating client and project opportunities, assessing the business environment and implementing strategies to win or “capture” business opportunities. Capture planning takes on various guises, but it’s all about leading to success.

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