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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, December 1st, 2014

cap logoKevin DeGood is the Director of Infrastructure Policy at the Center for American Progress. His work focuses on how highway, transit, aviation, and maritime policy affect America’s global competitiveness, access to opportunity for diverse communities, and environmental sustainability.

Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Kevin was the deputy policy director at Transportation for America, where he conducted research, provided legislative analysis, and advanced T4 campaign priorities with congressional leaders. In addition, Kevin served as the director of legislative affairs for Simon and Company, Inc., a federal affairs firm specializing in the representation of municipal governments and transit authorities.

Kevin holds a master of public policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Thinking Outside the Farebox: Creative Approaches to Financing Transit Projects.

Infrastructure Strategy at the Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress really has a dual purpose in its infrastructure policy work…we want to understand not just how to have economic growth, but how to have economic growth that has broad-based benefits.

Transportation and the New Congress
There’s part of me that’s slightly optimistic in that the new Republican majority in the Senate and the expanded Republican majority in the House will feel some pressure to demonstrate to voters their ability to govern, and I think a fairly easy way to do that would be to enact a longer-term surface transportation bill…

The Public Supports Projects They Can Envision
When states, or at times metropolitan regions, have been successful at levying new taxes or increasing existing taxes to pay for transportation projects, they typically have the most success when they have an organized campaign, a clear slate of projects they’re intending to accomplish…

The Gap Between Public Perception and Reality
To a certain extent we’re victims of our own success…For all of its problems, we have still a fundamentally sound and fantastic transportation system. Again, none of that means that we don’t need investment. None of that means that there aren’t real challenges, because there certainly are and that’s what we’ve dedicated ourselves to trying to solve.

Download full transcript (PDF): Kevin DeGood on The Infra Blog

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