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Untapped Potential: Opportunities for affordable homes and neighborhoods near transit

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Transit-Oriented Development in NYC Metro - Homes in Parking Lots

Without new affordable homes and walkable neighborhoods, housing markets tighten and costs rise, leading to less disposable income, longer commutes, the need to work longer hours, more stress, and poorer health for the region’s households. This disparity falls most heavily on the region’s lower-income households who, as referenced in RPA’s report Pushed Out, have seen housing costs rise unabated and continue to get pushed further away from central, walkable areas with access to jobs2. But it affects others as well – young families, seniors and anyone who needs affordable housing and doesn’t want to or can’t spend hours a day behind the wheel.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jim Mathews, President and CEO, National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP)

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Jim Mathews - President and CEO, NARP

Jim Mathews is President and CEO of NARP. Before joining NARP, Mathews was Executive Editor of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. During his 26-year tenure at Aviation Week, he cultivated the company’s digital strategy and led teams that twice won national awards for best news website. Mathews served on the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee for six […]

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AASHTO’s New President on Trump and Challenges Facing Transportation

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Newly elected AASHTO President John Schroer has worn many hats in his 65 years. He’s run a commercial real estate business, served as the mayor of Franklin, Tennessee and in 2011, he was appointed commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation where he’s responsible for more than 3,400 employees. In Sept. 2017 the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials—Board Directors elected Schroer AASHTO president. In this Presidential Profile video Schroer explains why ensuring sustainable Federal funding for transportation is one of his top priorities. President Schroer also says he will work closely with the Trump administration and help State DOTs to prepare for the fast emerging technologies that are changing transportation as we know it.

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Steelworkers Want Trump to Keep This Key Promise

Friday, November 10th, 2017

The Trump administration pledged to act to safeguard American steel by July 1. But that deadline is long past — and now a crisis is getting worse.

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Transit Manufacturing Supports Jobs from Coast to Coast

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Transit Rail and Bus Manufacturing Facilities

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA Public dollars devoted to making capital improvements to public transportation systems support thousands of manufacturing jobs, in communities small and large, in nearly every state across the country. The supply chain for public transportation is as deep as it is wide, touching every corner of the country and employing thousands of Americans […]

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Freight Rail is a Driver of Innovation

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Even in a nation’s capital typically behind the curve on technological matters, autonomy and self-driving automobiles continue to grab headlines. Case in point: The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed a bill unanimously in October crafted to expedite the testing and deployment of partly and fully autonomous vehicles. While the bill must still pass the full Senate, a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed. Both measures have the same goals in mind – adjust traditional car standards to allow greater room for innovation and technological advancement by carmakers and give the federal government the ultimate authority on related governance.

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Startup firms partnering with government? Really?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. Startup companies of all types are hot topics today. They excite investors because some offer great revenue potential. The media loves to write about them and economic development organizations try to attract them because of the jobs they create. Small businesses are the backbone […]

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Citizens will hopefully get involved in this issue

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Just a week ago, the president started walking back his often-stated commitment to use $200 billion in federal funding to leverage another $800 billion in private capital and other non-federal funds for an infrastructure plan. Word from the Beltway this week is that a new “outline of principles” for an infrastructure plan will be forthcoming from the Trump administration, possibly in the next week or so.

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Natural Disasters or Natural Hazards? Why We Need to Rebuild Smarter

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

“They are natural hazards. They only become disasters where and how we have built our environments.” “And the current plan will be build it back the way it was. Rebuild it back to the past. Rebuild it back to fail again.” -Craig Fugate, Former FEMA Administrator Video by seeprogress on YouTube

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Fall 2017 Bond Elections

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Fall 2017 Bond Elections - Bonds at work in construction - Photo by Phil and Jo Schiffbauer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

From August through November 2017, voters across the country are being asked to approve hundreds of local bond propositions. The bonds that pass will provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracting opportunities for many types of firms. Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), which has been tracking all Texas bond elections and recently began tracking bond elections nationwide, is currently monitoring 470+ fall bond elections valued at more than $28 billion. The following article explains what bond are, the types of projects funded, and how contractors can follow the money to pursue bond-related contracting opportunities with local governments.

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