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ACEC Engineering Business Index – 3rd Quarter 2016

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
EBI Trendline

Firm leaders are optimistic that the engineering market will improve over the coming year. Market expectations for one year from today rose a hefty 6.2 points to 63.3, the largest quarter-over-quarter increase since the EBI’s inception. “Things are very good for our transportation infrastructure firm and we expect it to continue as awareness increases that we need to address it,” said one respondent. A member in Colorado said, “Market conditions improved in our area in the last three years and remain very strong.” One area of concern continues to be softness in the energy-producing states. “Wyoming’s economy is significantly down due to coal, oil, and natural gas sales declines,” said a respondent. “Nearly all infrastructure funding derives from state taxes on those industries, thus our outlook is less optimistic.”

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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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The Cost of the World’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
The Cost of the World’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects

Railways, highways, bridges, dams, skyscrapers. When it comes to building infrastructure, China can do it fast. But at what cost?

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Navigating Risk in the Transportation Sector

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Fig. 1 | Megatrend rank order

Transportation keeps the global economy moving. Any operational disruptions have wider consequences for society, making the management of the associated risks a priority that should transcend industry boundaries

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80 x 50 in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Deep Carbon Reduction Can Be Achieved

Over the course of a year, Siemens collaborated closely with the San Francisco Department of Environment (SFE) and nine other agencies to conduct an analysis of the City’s infrastructure, defined as its entire built environment and transport system. The team used the CyPT model to test technology pathways for achieving San Francisco’s “80×50” target (reducing CO₂eq emissions 80% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline) within the context of the local 0-50-100-Roots framework, as well as the State of California’s policy leadership.

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2017 Strategic 100: North American Infrastructure Report

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

After years of underinvestment, infrastructure is having a moment in the policy discussion. Across North America, policy-makers are moving toward using public sector infrastructure investment as a strategy for promoting economic growth, while private infrastructure developers are seeking projects that yield healthy investment returns – returns that are harder to find over the long-term while low growth rates remain the dominant macro-narrative. This focus on infrastructure investment’s potential benefits is laudable, reflecting the advice of top economists and the emerging limits of other policy tools. Such investment, if well-targeted and well-executed, can be a path to achieve near-term economic policy objectives while dramatically improving the foundation for long-term economic prosperity.

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22nd Annual Highway Report: The Performance of State Highway Systems

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Figure ES1: Trends in U.S. State Highway Performance, 1998–2013*

Reason Foundation’s 22nd Annual Highway Report tracks the performance of the 50 state-owned highway systems. States are ranked in 11 categories including Interstate and rural primary road pavement conditions, deficient bridges, traffic congestion, fatality rates, unsafe narrow rural arterial lanes, capital costs per mile, administrative costs per mile, maintenance costs per mile and total highway expenditures per mile.

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Infographics: Trucking by the Numbers

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Trucking web site Fleet Owner recently released a series of infographics covering a variety of issues that affect our nation’s truckers, from road conditions to fuel costs.

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Investor Insights about Infrastructure Growth

Monday, August 8th, 2016

This factsheet outlines key insights that will help policy and market makers understand how to meet investor expectations and expand the infrastructure market.

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Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Thom talks to caller Bob about the fact that we should all be upset by our national need to invest in infrastructure.

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