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Guest on The Infra Blog: Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia, SC

Across this country, 85% of our citizens now live in cities and metropolitan economies. 89% of the jobs are in the cities and in metropolitan economies. 91% of America’s nearly $20 trillion GDP is created in cities and metropolitan economies. We are driving the economic growth of this country. And our message is that by partnering with mayors, by looking at the creative solutions that are being deployed all across this country, seeing the innovative ideas, seeing the massive investment in infrastructure, but also embracing the idea of inclusion and ways in which we can all move forward together, is the way to go…We’re always coming around the table. That’s the strength, I believe, of being a mayor and having to always listen to every opinion, not gerrymandered ideas with narrow constituencies. We’re going to continue to do that.

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The Future of Equity in Cities

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
The Future of Equity in Cities - NLC

While many cities feel the immediate positive outcomes from wealth flooding into metropolitan regions, they also feel the negative impact on community members of varying income levels – particularly, those at the bottom that face increased housing prices, greater need for social services and growing concern for community safety. The income inequality and wealth gaps are at outsized levels, with the richest 0.1 percent holding the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90 percent. And when examined through a racial equity lens, the disparities become even starker; on average, white families have six times the wealth of African American and Hispanic families. This is where we are now. Unfortunately, the current policy environment at the national level isn’t focused on alleviating these inequities—cities are.

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day: Coming February, 2018

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Inspire a girl’s future! Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is a chance to get involved and share the excitement of engineering with the next generation of engineers. Show girls what engineers do and give them an opportunity to see themselves as engineers who can make a difference in the world. Learn more about #GirlDay2018 and how you can get involved here! http://discovere.org/girlday

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Transit Access Across America

Friday, November 17th, 2017
Metropolitan areas ranked by total employment

This study estimates the accessibility to jobs by transit and walking for each of the United States’ 11 million census blocks, and analyzes these data in 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas. Travel times by transit are calculated using detailed pedestrian networks and full transit schedules for the 7:00 – 9:00 AM period. The calculations include all components of a transit journey, including “last mile” access and egress walking segments and transfers, and account for minute-by-minute variations in service frequency.

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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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Civil Engineering Q and A

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

This video presents some frequently asked civil engineering interview questions along with answers. We have compiled 18 such questions to help you prepare for civil engineering interviews. –Civil Engineering on YouTube

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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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Rebuild USA: Make a Difference

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Through job training and apprenticeships, a new generation of skilled workers are getting ready to tackle one of America’s biggest challenges: our infrastructure.

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Rail and the California Economy

Friday, September 1st, 2017
Rail and the California Economy

A broad investment in all types of transport has been critical to California’s economic success, and rail is a fundamental component of the transportation system. Rail has helped define California’s history, with westward expansion creating communities and allowing for growth in agriculture, and other early drivers of the state’s economy. With the coming high-speed rail system and record traffic in containerized freight, it is also helping to define the state’s future.

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Economic Impacts of Active Transportation in Utah

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Table	8:	Job and	Income	Multiplier Adjustments	for	Active	Trans.	Facility	Construction,	Maintenance

Despite the increasing popularity of walking, biking, and running in Utah, little has been done to quantify and monetize the benefits that result from active transportation facilities and active travel. Understanding the direct and induced impacts of active transportation helps elevate active travel in funding decisions and priorities. It can help governments and non-profits plan investments in healthy community infrastructure and programs. In response to this need, the Utah Transit Authority and 11 agency collaborators initiated this study to estimate the health and economic benefits of active transportation to inform policy and planning decisions.

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