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Friday, June 27, 2014

New Report Calls For Major Investment In U.S. Infrastructure

A new report from the infrastructure industry details six policy recommendations to improve American infrastructure. (Alan Stark/Flickr)

A new report from the infrastructure industry details six policy recommendations to improve American infrastructure. (Alan Stark/Flickr)

A report released today calls for a whole new vision for maintaining and expanding U.S. infrastructure. It’s called “Making The Grade,” because the country hasn’t been.

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a D in infrastructure in 2009, and a D+ last year, prompting the White House to turn to industry leaders for help.

The resulting report calls for, among other things, making infrastructure a cabinet-level priority, selling bonds to raise more infrastructure capital, and for actively engaging the American people to build support for the importance of infrastructure policy.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Terry Bennett, one of the report’s main authors, and a senior industry strategist for infrastructure at the design technology firm Autodesk.

Guest

  • Terry Bennett, an author of the “Making the Grade” report and a senior industry strategist for Autodesk.

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