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Infra Reactions 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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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Battery Storage Market Poised for Growth

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Price of Lithium-Ion Batteries (2014–2016)

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) Written by Gerry Donohue Battery storage is not yet ready for prime time. It is just too expensive. Although it has cost-effective applications in a few niches, such as island grids or locations where technical constraints require a non-wired solution, it doesn’t pencil out for large-scale energy storage. That […]

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Making the Grade: Dams and Levees

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Making the Grade: Dams and Levees

Dams and levees play integral roles in communities. Dams create reservoirs for our water supply, protect us from floods, and provide renewable energy, while levees reduce the risk from devastating flooding events. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded dams a D and levees a D. Find out what can be done at https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Norma Jean Mattei, 2017 President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Norma Jean Mattei on The Infra Blog

“I think one of the problems is we have gotten into the habit of just waiting until things break, and when you have many sectors at a “D,” it just takes one major event to shut something down and have something fail. And then we throw a lot of money at it. But that’s not a wise way of handling things, because when you’re dealing with a disaster, you’re throwing four times the money at what is now broken, instead of maintaining something in a condition that’s at least average condition.”

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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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Who Rides Public Transportation

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
APTA - Who Rides Public Transit

AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (APTA) Top Line Results Key Demographics Age – Of all transit riders, 79% fall into the most economically active age range from 25 to 54. The balance are divided between those younger than 25 (14%) and those in the age range generally thought of as the retirement years, 65 or older. […]

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Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are critical to public health, but are too often forgotten. In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE graded drinking water a D and wastewater a D+. With action, we can improve the nation’s water infrastructure: watch the video and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ to learn how.

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Making the Grade: Bridges, Roads, Aviation, and Transit

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Making the Grade: Bridges, Roads, Aviation, and Transit

Americans spend 6.9 billion hours delayed in traffic— that’s 42 hours per driver. In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE graded bridges a C+, roads a D, aviation a D, and transit a D-. Collectively, transportation infrastructure widens the nation’s infrastructure investment gap, with unmet funding needs of $1.1 trillion for surface transportation and $42 billion for aviation between 2016 and 2025. So what can we do to help? Watch to find out and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
2017 Infrastructure Report Card: D+

Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people…Our nation’s infrastructure challenges are significant but solvable. Through strategic, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future, America’s infrastructure will be improved and restored.

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ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. The 2017 Report Card found the national grade for infrastructure to be a D+. So what does that mean? Watch to find out and learn more at www.infrastructurereportcard.org

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