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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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Beyond Traffic 2045

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Beyond Traffic 2045

Beyond Traffic 2045 is U.S. DOT’s most comprehensive assessment of current and future conditions in decades—it is a call to action. After years of chronic underinvestment and policy choices that, in some cases, have actually worked at cross purposes with the broader economic and social goals held by most Americans, now is the time for a report like this one to be read, understood, considered—and used, to breathe new life into funding and policy discussions at all levels.

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Dangerous by Design 2016

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
FIGURE 1: Map of most dangerous metro areas for people walking based on PDI, 2016

More than 1,200 Complete Streets policies are now in place at the state, regional, and local levels. And over the last year, federal agencies have followed suit with new changes in national policy intended to make streets safer for everyone.

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It’s 2017. We Can Do This. Let’s Do It!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
IBTTA: It

Tell the Congress of the United States to lift the prohibition on tolling interstate highways for the purposes of reconstruction. Give the states the ability to toll their Interstate highways specifically for rebuilding those Interstate highways. Let them have access to one more tool in the toolbox. This is not a mandate; no state would be required to toll their interstates. This simply gives states the flexibility to choose the option to use tolls if it makes sense to the individual state.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — New President, New Congress, What We Want

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Capitol and Washington Monument, Washington, DC

ACEC President and CEO Dave Raymond sent a letter to Trump outlining critical infrastructure and regulatory issues. And Engineering Inc. polled executives engaged with ACEC’s advocacy program to get their take on legislative issues and prospects for progress in the 115th Congress.

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Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
David A. Raymond - Letter to Donald Trump

We are eager to support your agenda to invest in the nation’s critical infrastructure, reform our tax code and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens. Our members are knowledgeable in these areas, as they are directly engaged in construction projects that propel America’s economy and enhance its quality of life.

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Investing in water: Comparing utility finances and economic concerns across U.S. cities

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Table 1: Six Categories to Gauge Water Investment Performance, 97 Cities

This brief describes the current context for local water infrastructure investment in the United States, with a particular focus on large drinking water utilities. As concerns continue to ripple from incidents in Flint, Mich. and beyond, cities remain at the forefront of many investment challenges, yet they often do not have a clear sense of where they stand relative to other markets. By examining how cities vary across three measures of utility finances— operational performance, long-term debt, and rates—and three broader economic measures affecting system performance—changes in population, changes in median household income, and the share of lower-income households—this brief attempts to paint a more complete picture of regional water investment.

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The Intersector Project Hosts Summit, An Intersector Process for U.S. Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
The Intersector Project Summit

To address these needs, stakeholders from across the government, business, and non-profit sectors joined The Intersector Project to discuss a collaborative approach to solving U.S. infrastructure problems. Among the attendees was Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) who provided the keynote address. He delivered expert perspective, thoughtful commentary, and valuable insight into the role of infrastructure in American life.

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Ladders of Opportunity: Transportation Empowerment Pilot

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Geographic locations of U.S. LadderSTEP cities.

Transportation infrastructure choices made at the federal, state, and local levels can strengthen communities, create pathways to jobs, and improve the quality of life for all Americans. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to these opportunities. DOT’s role has typically been to directly support the states through drafting regulation, creating informational resources, and providing technical assistance and program funding. Through the Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot (LaddersTEP) model, DOT provided direct aid to cities to achieve these positive results.

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Now is the time for voters to let Congress know their feelings about infrastructure and jobs in America

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Photo by Wyn Van Devanter - Looking southeast down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Visible landmarks include the Old Post Office Pavilion (center) and United States Capitol.

It would be wonderful – and significantly helpful – if taxpayers and public officials showed an outpouring of support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. Congressional representatives need to know, without doubt, that there is home-town support for this. Without seeing support from constituents, it’s possible that the program could get delayed long enough to die a sad death. If that happens, the U.S. will remain vulnerable in the race for global leadership… and thousands of jobs that could have been created will be remembered only as “what might have been.”

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