Infrastructure in the News: October 27, 2011
BAF IN THE NEWS
Post and Courier: Coalition to petition for road funding changes
Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., and second vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, helped the Building America's Future Educational Fund kick off its efforts Wednesday with a series of roundtables with South Carolina stakeholders. The educational effort is launching in the early Republican primary states as a way to push the presidential candidates for solutions to the country's infrastructure needs. Smith said South Carolina plays a big part in the national equation, especially because of the Charleston port.
Policy Shop: Shovel Ready or Not, Infrastructure Jobs Are Needed
Next week, the Senate wil consider the next piece of Obama's jobs proposal -- $60 billion for infrastructure development -- which, in all likelihood, Senate Republicans will successfully block. This opposition is worse that just shortsighted and partisan; according to a recent report co-authored by Nouriel Roubini -- "to not undertake massive public infrastructure investment now would be nothing short of financially irrational."
The Hill: Seaport infrastructure improvements are critical to economic recovery
For centuries, seaports and waterways have served as a vital economic lifeline by bringing goods and services to people around the world. In 2010, America’s seaports supported an estimated 9.2 million jobs and handled 99 percent of our country’s overseas cargo – that’s more than $5.5 billion worth of goods each day, or a quarter of our country’s GDP.
Virginian-Pilot: Top port executive testifies at congressional hearing
Jerry A. Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority and chairman of the board of the Alexandria-based American Association of Port Authorities, testified earlier today at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., appealing for more federal support for the nation’s ports.
Urban Cincy: ‘Transportation poverty’ predicted for Cincinnati’s aging Baby Boomer population
A new report, Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation, released by Transportation for America finds that more than 64 percent of Cincinnati’s population between the ages of 65 and 79 will have poor transit access by 2015. In the Cincinnati metropolitan area, that accounts for approximately 200,000 people.
Over 90% of Americans believe that investing in infrastructure should be a priority.