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Engineers Week 2017 Message from International Space Station

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Engineers Week 2017 Message from International Space Station

Greetings from the International Space Station as they celebrate Engineers Week 2017 with us!

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Attend the Infrastructure 2017 Conference: Washington, DC, April 3-4

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Infrastructure 2017 Conference - Washington, DC - April 3-4

Nothing in President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda will loom as large as his commitment to revitalize the infrastructure. Some projects will get going through congressional appropriations while others will get their start by eliminating impediments — such as authorizing the Keystone Pipeline — and easing a broad array of federal regulations and stipulations. The conference, Infrastructure 2017, will examine contracting opportunities on a granular level.

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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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Get the Lead Out: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Our Children at School

Monday, February 20th, 2017
U.S. PIRG: Drinking Water in Schools

The health threat of lead in schools’ water deserves immediate attention from state and local policymakers for two reasons. First, lead is highly toxic and especially damaging to children — impairing how they learn, grow, and behave. So, we ought to be particularly vigilant against this health threat at schools and pre-schools, where our children spend their days learning and playing.

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White House Chronicle: Infrastructure Revitalization with Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
White House Chronicle: Infrastructure Revitalization with Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director of Infrastructure USA, talks about the impact infrastructure deficiencies have on our economy and daily lives.

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Infrastructure Scam

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Robert Reich: Trump’s Infrastructure Scam

Robert Reich explains why Trump’s infrastructure plan is really a scam meant to benefit the wealthy and corporations.

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TRB 2017: World’s Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
TRB 2017: World’s Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals

This video provides special coverage of the 2017 Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. January 8–12. In this video, TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen discusses his agency’s outreach to the Trump administration and he also explains the meeting’s global appeal attracting this year, an estimated 13,000 transportation professionals from 70 countries.

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National Public Transportation Safety Plan

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
FTA: National Public Transportation Safety Plan

MAP-21 (Pub. L. 112-141 (2012)) amended Federal transit law by authorizing a new Public Transportation Safety Program at 49 U.S.C. § 5329. Pursuant to Section 5329(b), the Public Transportation Safety Program must include a National Public Transportation Safety Plan to improve the safety of all public transportation systems that receive Federal transit funds.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Kurt Nagle, AAPA, on The Infra Blog

“…The activity that goes around seaports accounts for over a quarter of our U.S. economy, the GDP, so it’s an absolutely vital, critical piece of our economy. It accounts for over 23 million jobs and also, importantly, in these kind of tight fiscal times, that activity generates over $320 billion a year in local, state and federal tax revenue that hopefully then can also be utilized to strengthen and rebuild and modernize that infrastructure that allows for that activity.”

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Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal Could Create 11 Million Jobs

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
FIGURE 1: A $1 trillion investment in infrastructure spending would create as many as 11 million jobs through 2027. This stimulus will restore the growth path of job creation that was derailed by the Great Recession.

President-elect Trump has proposed to spend up to $1 trillion over the next 10 years on America’s infrastructure, including transportation, energy, telecommunications, and border security…The significant spending increase envisioned in President-elect Trump’s proposal raises concerns about inflation and interest rate hikes but would also create millions of new jobs. If enacted, the infrastructure program could put the United States back on a pre-recession job growth path and create more than 11 million jobs.

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