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Of Mega-Cities and Metro Cards: Urban Security is Digital Security

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Urban Security is Digital Security

According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a percentage expected to reach 66 percent by 2050…This “mega-cities” trend is in part due to digital transformations which are changing economies, cultures and communities at light speed. Unprecedented connectivity, mobility and access to information are fundamentally changing how individuals, organizations and communities view their own safety, security and quality of life…From the protection of critical infrastructure to information in cyberspace, and point-of-sale purchases to international financial transactions, Thales is helping communities and organizations everywhere meet the challenges of a complex digital age.

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Congressional leaders begin to address infrastructure with a plan of their own

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Delays in the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-heralded $1 trillion infrastructure plan are proving costly for deteriorating U.S. roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. And the longer the delay, the more it will cost taxpayers. Tired of delays on a long-awaited new plan, some members of Congress are busy putting together a “Plan B.”

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More Private Investment Can Help Us Tackle Our Nation’s Growing Infrastructure Deficit

Friday, August 11th, 2017
American Infrastructure: Lake Powell, Arizona

There are a number of answers to that question, including direct federal funding, revolving loan programs, tax-preferred financing, and public-private partnerships (known as P3s). The best infrastructure funding solution would make use of all of these options. And let’s not forget about the gas tax. It hasn’t been raised since 1993. It will take courage on the part of lawmakers to raise it, but it’s a common-sense option that should be on the table. Moreover, a long-term, sustainable source for funding the Highway Trust Fund should serve as the anchor for any plan.

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New funding now available for water infrastructure projects

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the Advanced Water Purification Facility. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Created three years ago and finally funded this year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program may soon announce the first round of funding for water infrastructure projects. The agency has $1.5 billion in available funds and it is all designated for water projects.

The EPA announced that 12 of the 43 public entities submitting letters of interest for project funding from the WIFIA program have been approved. These applicants may now move through the program and apply for low-interest loans.

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Infrastructure back in spotlight; Trump appoints advisory council

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The wheels on the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan appear to be moving. After months of delays, the president, through an executive order, announced the creation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure.

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Is this the future?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
ITS - US GAO

It sounds a bit futuristic – transportation systems that direct people and resources based on artificial intelligence. Is that really a possibility? Actually, it’s happening now – in real time! When smart transportation technology first became part of the ever-changing transportation landscape, it was used primarily for traffic management. Now, smart transportation technology is used for much more, and when it incorporates artificial intelligence, the capabilities are astounding.

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Got climate related services or solutions? If so, state and local officials are looking for you!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Alternative Energy

The federal government may not like the Paris Climate Agreement, but state and local elected officials do. This past weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted a large number of mayors who reiterated their commitment to the partnership agreement. These officials visiting Florida for the U.S. Conference of Mayors represent the Climate Mayors, a bipartisan organization that was organized in 2014. The group now boasts 331 mayors representing 65 million Americans. The membership includes mayors from the 10 largest cities in the U.S., including traditional energy hubs such as Houston and Dallas.

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Public, private stakeholder input sought on infrastructure regulatory reform

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced it has published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulatory reform regarding infrastructure projects, including the identification of hurdles that currently exist and how to alleviate them. Those interested in offering comments have until July 24 to respond.

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President Trump’s Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
President Trump’s Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is a critical pillar of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda to promote job creation and grow the U.S. economy. America’s infrastructure has fallen to 12th in the world and that is unacceptable. Every American depends on our roads, rails, ports, and airports, and the President is committed to fixing this problem, not just pushing more liabilities onto future generations.

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President Trump’s proposed budget speaks volumes about his infrastructure vision

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Without doubt, the president’s proposed budget redefines the federal government’s role in infrastructure projects at all levels of government. It outlines “key principles” that Trump wants used to determine projects that will qualify for federal dollars or incentives. It also sends a clear message to elected officials throughout the country that public funding will not be adequate in the future and private-sector investor must be embraced.

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