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A Jobs-Centric Approach to Infrastructure Investment

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Exhibit | Infrastructure Jobs Are Distributed Across the Nation

The Trump administration has proposed investing an extra $1 trillion in infrastructure to create millions of new jobs. To maximize the impact of such investment on employment, planners need to adopt a new jobs-centric approach that prioritizes investments in infrastructure projects on the basis of their job creation potential.

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This Week, May 3-6: Smart Cities NYC ’17 Conference + Expo

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Smart Cities NYC

Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People, May 3-6 (smartcitiesnyc.com), is the first of its kind conference + expo to focus on the importance of civic engagement in urban innovation. SCNYC will convene thought leaders from around the world to advance ideas about innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion, with panels, in-depth workshops, exhibits and receptions

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Economic Implications from Proposed Public Transportation Capital Funding Cuts

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Exhibit 1: At-Risk Transit Projects by Mode

The Administration’s proposed funding cuts for transit capital projects would jeopardize $38 billion of planned projects. These projects would support 502,000 jobs within the span of constructing these projects — representing project construction jobs, transit equipment manufacturing jobs and wider multiplier effects on jobs associated with parts & materials suppliers and worker re-spending. The time span for completion of these projects vary, but overall, they would be completed over a period of slightly more than ten years, representing an annual average of 49,000 jobs supported each year over that period.

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Citizens, taxpayers, infrastructure contractors watch to see if there will actually be regulatory reform in Washington!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Lifting regulations on the construction industry

Here’s a question to ponder. Does American industry have reason to complain? AGC officials blame decades of federal regulatory failures for construction contractors’ inability to hire new employees, remain competitive and to update and help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. The regulatory restrictions, they say, create barriers that are harmful for industry, for American taxpayers and for the nation’s infrastructure and economy. They may be right!

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Transportation Industry Reacts to Trump’s “Skinny Budget”

Monday, March 27th, 2017
America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again

When the Trump administration released the FY2018 budget proposal, called “America First: A Budget Proposal to Make America Great Again,” infrastructure stakeholders around the country responded immediately. Overall, the budget is characterized by an increase in defense spending and a decrease in lots and lots of other programs, especially in infrastructure-related departments like Energy, Environment and Transportation. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will release the final version in May. According to the LA Times Editorial Board, this budget reads like a “wish list of perennial GOP targets” mainly serving to “reveal the White House’s priorities,” rather than indicating actual policy changes.

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Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Smart Cities NYC 2017 - Powered by People

Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People (May 3-6) will convene global mayors, CTOs, CIOs, and private sector and NGO leaders to explore how innovation and smart infrastructure are transforming cities, improving urban life, and creating more inclusive economies. The groundbreaking SCNYC17 conference and expo will be hosted at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard with our multi-sector sponsors and partners, including Microsoft, Smart Dubai, and Cities for Life, among others.

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Is a perfect storm looming in the U.S.?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Construction Zone

…a huge problem is looming. Construction and engineering firms are already loudly proclaiming that they cannot find enough workers. There is a critical shortage of trained construction workers throughout the U.S. and Trump’s immigration policies will deplete the inadequate pool of workers significantly.

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Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Increase in Precipitation Events

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR Suzanne M. Bump, State Auditor Executive Summary In Massachusetts, water infrastructure of all kinds—drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems—is primarily a local responsibility. The Division of Local Mandates (DLM) within the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has undertaken this Municipal Impact Study to examine the financial impact […]

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Pushed Out: Housing Displacement in an Unaffordable Region

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Households Spending More Than 30% of Their Income on Housing, 2000-2015

The idea that people can find a comfortable place to put down community roots for the long term is increasingly precarious. The pressure on poorer residents to leave for more distant areas and make way for people who can afford more has seemingly moved from neighborhood to neighborhood with little slowdown, overcoming recessions, natural disasters, and concerted efforts from government and community organizations alike. There is a common thread in the areas experiencing these pressures: They are walkable areas with good access to jobs and public transit. And they also are the areas where the people most vulnerable to displacement are likely to live.

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Making America’s infrastructure great again will take lots of time and money

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In the months leading up to the presidential election, Donald Trump announced that, if elected, he would incentivize $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing infrastructure. Citizens, taxpayers, public officials and contractors have been waiting to see if that would really happen or not. President Trump recently announced that he had selected private-sector P3 expert David James “DJ” Gribbin to serve as his special assistant for infrastructure. It was a big announcement and one that caused people to ask…will it really happen? Maybe so!

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