A renewed commitment to funding infrastructure creates an opportunity to conceive new programs, and to help existing programs work better.
And as we renew our infrastructure, do we simply aspire to rebuild? Or should new technologies, demographic changes and better understanding of our needs shift what we build and how we build it? Would less focus on individual projects and more on enhancing overall system performance make infrastructure investment even more impactful?
The private sector will be integral for the development of our infrastructure — both as vendors, lenders, investors and partners to government; and as the outright owner of significant categories of infrastructure, such as energy, freight and communications. Programs and contracts can be better designed to align the incentives of all parties, so that the private sector maximizes its profits by meeting public policy goals.
What is the current state of US infrastructure and what are the key questions to ask about any potential new federal program?