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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state

An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Adam Krantz on The Infra Blog

“We just held a rally here in DC with all of the organizations within the water sector to get that point to legislators, to bring it to senators and members of the House…They heard that message, it resonated, it resounded, but until it really does start to come from the people, and it becomes a citizen-based question and a ratepayer-based issue, we’re not going to see that traction develop…The question becomes: how many Sandys, Katrinas, Flints, Toledos does it take for the federal government to ultimately realize this isn’t a local issue and it’s not a one-off issue? Preserving these water and wastewater systems is a vital, national need.”

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Making Infrastructure Investment Relevant Again

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Rating infrastructure systems "A" or "B"

Rarely has a need with such bipartisan support gone under-funded for so long despite the diligent efforts of many organizations to break the logjam – from labor to business and even political and policy organizations on the right and left…To support an effort on what is, perhaps, one of the biggest economic challenges facing this country, Brodeur Partners invested in a study of the American electorate. Our goal was to gain insight on what voters find relevant in the infrastructure discussion, along with ideas on how to move things forward.

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Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Infrastructure impacts every aspect of our country. We rely on infrastructure to move people and goods, connect urban and rural areas, provide reliable energy and clean water, and drive economic growth. Infrastructure is essential to our way of life. Infrastructure is also the backbone of America’s economy. To have the strongest, most resilient economy in the world, America must have the best infrastructure in the world.

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The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Monday, June 26th, 2017
AEM - The Infrastructure Advantage

America’s competitors around the world understand this. They are making unprecedented infrastructure investments and working hard to overtake the United States. Meanwhile, America is underinvesting, and is on the verge of squandering the Infrastructure Advantage we inherited from the investments made by our grandparents and great-grandparents.

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An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper

Friday, June 9th, 2017
AN EQUITABLE WATER FUTURE

This national briefing paper examines the interconnections between water management and vulnerable communities in the United States. Too often, when we think of vulnerable communities that struggle with water-related challenges, we think of places like sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and other developing regions. The overall high quality of water systems in America—one of our most monumental achievements as a nation—obscures the fact that water challenges are a daily reality for some communities.

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A Citizens Guide to Kentucky Infrastructure

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Kentucky Key Facts

Kentucky is in a prime spot — within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population. That makes the Commonwealth a key site for industries needing to transport products across the country. In fact, University of Kentucky economists report more than a quarter of the state’s economy is made up of industries highly dependent on transportation. National surveys of corporate executives rank highway accessibility as the top factor in business location decisions. All of that means transportation infrastructure maintained in top condition is a key requirement for a healthy economy.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anthony B. Bouchard, PE, North America Unit President, CDM Smith

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“We’re seeing, over the course of my career, the last 30-plus years, a significant improvement in the public’s understanding of the state of our infrastructure. Does it accelerate that understanding when we have some significant, real and perceived, failures of systems? I think it does. It’s unfortunate that that has to occur to help educate, but when that does happen we’re offered a unique opportunity to expand on the work that’s done…My opinion is continued education and communication on the importance and value of infrastructure is critically important, and we can do that by engaging more people in the infrastructure discussion.”

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Infographic: The Dangerous State of American Bridges

Friday, May 12th, 2017
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With data from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), we examined where the busiest structurally deficient bridges are located, how many people cross them each year, when they were originally built, and which states are attempting to make repairs. Is your state home to one of these bridges? Read on to find out.

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Will the nation’s water infrastructure needs be overlooked again?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Gross Reservoir in Boulder County, Colorado. The reservoir is owned by Denver Water. Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Industry experts and government officials fear that when President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is finally “laid out,” water infrastructure projects could largely be “left out.”…The president has already given preliminary indications that water projects are not likely to be ranked at the top of his priority list. That is more than unfortunate. Water resources are critical aspects of sustainability for the nation.

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