Infrastructure Tag

With Stimulus, Congress Got An Infrastructure Issue Right

27 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  For years, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund has been accumulating billions of dollars. Despite an overflowing fund dedicated solely to ports and harbors, our waterside infrastructure has been in decline. Now, with an emergency coronavirus stimulus package, Congress has remedied this issue. The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii)…

COVID-19 May Strain Our Infrastructure

16 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

As our nation faces a public health crisis in the form of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, many are working or studying from home. With this mass transition from corporate or college life to homes and communities, the nation’s telecom and digital infrastructure could be under new and unprecedented use,…

A Federal COVID-19 Response That Would Pay Dividends

14 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

As Congress grapples with how to deal with the immediate health and public safety impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, including making tests kits available and helping states with additional funding for safety efforts, many are also beginning to think about how to best mitigate any economic fallout resulting from the…

A perfect storm for wholesale energy prices

30 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Summer temperatures and tensions were high across the state of Texas, at least for some. While every resident of the Lone Star State dealt with immense heat during August, some Texans found themselves with ludicrously high electricity bills as well. This spike in price only affected a certain sector of Texas’…

Weathering Climate Change Through Resilient Infrastructure

08 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters can be truly devastating. Not only are precious lives lost, but property damage can decimate local communities and business activity. As concerns over climate change cause many to fear stronger or more frequent storms, one simple solution stands ready to protect lives, economic activity,…

What Is Innovation?

31 Jan 2018, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

No one really seems to know. Few can agree on a comprehensive definition of “innovation” because it means different things in different contexts. But most definitions of “innovation” align on three points. For an idea to be innovative (1) the idea must be new, (2) the idea must create value,…

What is Infrastructure?

18 Jan 2018, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

Infrastructure Defined   To engage in comprehensive and intelligent discussion regarding our nation’s infrastructure policy, we first need to be thoughtful about what qualifies as “infrastructure.” There is no unanimously adopted definition of infrastructure across sectors or policy lexicon. Many definitions describe “infrastructure” as the physical components of various systems…

Achieving A Sustainable Highway Infrastructure

12 Sep 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

By Samuel G. Bonasso, PE FASCE* As we look up at the sky and dream of tomorrow’s new sustainable infrastructure ideas, we must also remember to look at what is under our feet. The answer to many of the problems which drive our sustainable infrastructure concerns today will not be…

Trump Signs Infrastructure Executive Order

16 Aug 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

This afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order to speed up permit approvals for roads, bridges, waterways, and other major infrastructure projects by improving coordination between agencies, and making the process more predictable and transparent. Under the order, each major project will have a lead agency responsible for coordinating with…

Digging Deeper: Volume 1

15 Aug 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

How Economic Indicators And Population Demographics Impact Incident Rates “Digging Deeper” is the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure’s (Aii) new blog series focused on using the Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Information Reporting Tool’s (DIRT) inaugural interactive data dashboard to track indicators, trends, and correlations with the goal of zeroing in…

House Water Infrastructure Bill Includes Critical Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Fix

05 Jul 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

By Staff On May 25, the U.S. House of Representatives’ (House) Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I Committee) passed The Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The T&I Committee’s bill summary highlights many of the bill’s provisions, including: • Authorizing appropriations for port, channel, lock, dam and other infrastructure projects; •…