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The Intersector Project Hosts Summit, An Intersector Process for U.S. Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
The Intersector Project Summit

To address these needs, stakeholders from across the government, business, and non-profit sectors joined The Intersector Project to discuss a collaborative approach to solving U.S. infrastructure problems. Among the attendees was Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) who provided the keynote address. He delivered expert perspective, thoughtful commentary, and valuable insight into the role of infrastructure in American life.

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Ladders of Opportunity: Transportation Empowerment Pilot

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Geographic locations of U.S. LadderSTEP cities.

Transportation infrastructure choices made at the federal, state, and local levels can strengthen communities, create pathways to jobs, and improve the quality of life for all Americans. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to these opportunities. DOT’s role has typically been to directly support the states through drafting regulation, creating informational resources, and providing technical assistance and program funding. Through the Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot (LaddersTEP) model, DOT provided direct aid to cities to achieve these positive results.

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Now is the time for voters to let Congress know their feelings about infrastructure and jobs in America

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Photo by Wyn Van Devanter - Looking southeast down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Visible landmarks include the Old Post Office Pavilion (center) and United States Capitol.

It would be wonderful – and significantly helpful – if taxpayers and public officials showed an outpouring of support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. Congressional representatives need to know, without doubt, that there is home-town support for this. Without seeing support from constituents, it’s possible that the program could get delayed long enough to die a sad death. If that happens, the U.S. will remain vulnerable in the race for global leadership… and thousands of jobs that could have been created will be remembered only as “what might have been.”

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Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

Monday, December 19th, 2016
WIIN Act

The WIIN Act is a measure that includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which overwhelmingly passed the House in September, in addition to provisions to improve drinking water infrastructure around the country, address control of coal combustion residuals, improve water storage and delivery to help drought-stricken communities, address federal dam maintenance backlogs, and approve longstanding water settlement agreements for the benefit of taxpayers and Native Americans.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Setting the Standard: the 4-Year-Old Envision Rating System is Becoming a Best Practices Model Industry Wide for Sustainable Infrastructure

Monday, December 12th, 2016
VHB used Envision as the framework for this 1-mile section of Greenough Boulevard along the bank of the Charles River from Cambridge to Watertown in Massachusetts. By narrowing the roadway (right), the reclaimed parkland reduces stormwater runoff and includes a tree-lined path that can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sustainable infrastructure was the focus of Envision, introduced in 2012 as a new rating system to promote best practices in planning, designing, building and maintaining public roads, bridges, tunnels, water systems and other civic entities…The Envision rating system addresses a full range of environmental, social and economic impacts of sustainability in project design, construction and operation. Labeled “credits,” these impacts are classified under five categories: quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk.

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The State of Freight II: Implementing the FAST Act and Beyond

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Dedicated Federal freight funding now flows to all states on an annual basis. Every state is expected to have a state freight plan completed by December 2017.

The State of Freight II provides a snapshot of where states are collectively in developing state freight plans and a baseline on what future projected investments are needed to build out the nation’s 21st century freight network. The State of Freight II reports on how states are already funding freight-specific investments through state dedicated or discretionary funding, and how these funding sources can potentially work with Federal freight investments.

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One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The One Water approach recognizes that water must be managed in ways that respect and respond to the natural flows of watersheds and the natural ecosystem, geology, and hydrology of an area

U.S. WATER ALLIANCE Water is our world’s most precious resource and essential to everything we do. It nourishes us. It cleans and sustains us. Put simply, we ARE water. On average, every American uses 176 gallons of water per day—that is over 64,000 gallons a year. Food production alone is responsible for 80 percent of all […]

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As Large Public Projects Funded, Watch for Green Infrastructure Innovations

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Mary Scott Nabers, CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc.

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. After the November election, infrastructure reform is one of only a few topics that can be discussed with civility. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t conflicting opinions about how to fix the problems. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to infuse $1 trillion into infrastructure […]

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Assessing, Coding, and Marking of Highway Structures in Emergency Situations

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Figure 2-1. ATC-20 building evaluation flowchart.

Not only is the highway network relied upon to transport people, but it is also the economic lifeline of the affected region facilitating the movement of emergency supplies and services. Restoring power, supplying fuel, transporting injured residents, and providing food stocks can be just a few of the critical needs of a region affected by a catastrophic event.

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Building America: InfrastructureUSA Managing Director Steve Anderson on NY1

Friday, November 25th, 2016
Steve Anderson and Errol Louis on "Inside City Hall"

According to Anderson, “It’s going to have to pass the smell test. Are these fair deals? Are these deals that really serve the public interest, or are these deals that in fact enrich corporations and corporate interests?” He says that with a sensible approach that uses not just Trump’s corporate incentives, but also tools like an infrastructure bank, we can expect tremendous returns for the private sector as well as the public at large.

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