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Infrastructure Investment

Liquidity Glut, Infrastructure Finance Drought and Development Banks

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The world economy faces huge infrastructure financing needs that are not being matched on the supply side. Emerging market economies, in particular, have had to deal with international long-term private debt financing options that are less supportive of infrastructure finance.

A Three-Pronged Approach to Urban Resilience

Philip K. Ryan | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Philip K. Ryan

The fact is that is most of us don't sit up and take notice until bridges actually collapse, pipes burst and sidewalks give way. Take what has been recently happening in Los Angeles.

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.

Kate Sheppard

New Government Report Warns of 'Cascading System Failures' Caused By Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, accord...

Investment in Infrastructure Will Help Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth

Karen Mills | Posted 04.30.2014 | Small Business
Karen Mills

It's no secret that America's 28 million small businesses were hit hard during the financial crisis with a perfect storm of declining sales and frozen credit markets. Since then, we've turned a corner.

Bureaucratic Ineptitude

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Our critical infrastructure has not received the attention it needs for decades and as a result today our efforts to rejuvenate economic growth are compromised by clogged highways and railroads, unsafe bridges, inadequate airports and outmoded river locks and harbors.

'Public-Private Partnerships' Sound Great, But Private Investment Requires Public Accountability

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As America sought a path out of the shadow of the Great Depression, we quickly realized that austerity was not the answer. Rather than shove our hands in our pockets and mutter something about "the new normal," we opted to dream big.

Cities Can Solve Our Nation's Transportation Problem

Kasim Reed | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Kasim Reed

I believe the future of solving much of our nation's transportation problems lies within the vision and leadership we find in our cities. Providing the resources and decision-making authority increasingly to cities and their regions will yield enormous benefits not only to the nation's mobility but to the returning health of our nation's economy.

A Transit Manifesto for Bill de Blasio

Ryan Morgan | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
Ryan Morgan

Public transit defies the urban dichotomy. While improvements cannot single-handedly resolve the deep structural issues at inequality's core, they can make a difference. Dependable transportation levels the playing field.

The Poverty of America's New Prosperity

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

The only way for our nation to regain its economic and democratic vitality in the years to come is to acknowledge the inherent poverty of America's new prosperity -- a prosperity for only the very few that is inherently anti-democratic and insidious. We can do much better.

Smart Investments Today Will Prepare West Virginia's Infrastructure for the Future

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

The U.S. was once a global leader in building and maintaining our infrastructure, but that's no longer the case. After decades of under-investment in our roads, airports and air traffic control systems, rails, and ports, we have fallen far behind -- and it's staring us in the face.

Why Are American Workers Being Left Behind?

Michele Masterfano | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

If our companies cannot find skilled employees, why don't they hire for aptitude and provide the specific training for the skills and abilities they need?

U.S. Infrastructure Down In World Rankings Since '08

Lucia Graves | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

The United States' global rank in infrastructure has dropped off considerably from where it was four years ago, both in absolute and relative terms, a...

Conard and Zakaria on What Ails the Economy

Robert Teitelman | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Yes, there are lessons in history. But untangling those lessons, like anticipating the sentiments of voters, is a process that shifts as we attempt to capture it. And so from left and right we end up chasing a kind of essence, an equilibrium, which may not exist.

The Eyes of Millions of Children Are on Washington this Week

Ray Chambers | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

A debate has emerged around where developing countries should invest their resources, including the funding they receive from entities like the World Bank. Should they invest in "infrastructure," or in more "human development" -- such as health, nutrition, and education?

A National Infrastructure Bank

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

Our economy is built upon our infrastructure that is in clear need of investment. And that investment will create jobs in a time when new jobs are hard to find.

10 New Railroad Boom Towns

Posted 03.13.2013 | Travel

Last week, as congressional leaders announced a plan to reauthorize funding for railroads across America, a new Brookings Institution study showed tha...

The Most Important, Least Sexy Use of Tax Dollars

Ron Carlee | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Ron Carlee

A more productive conversation, however, will be future-oriented, focused on the investments needed to create and sustain a city's vision for its future. And, a recognition that sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos

Whether we're planning an Olympic Games or a new interstate highway, policymakers need to look past the short-term budget and scheduling constraints, and have a clear vision of how what is built today will be used tomorrow.

Eric Cantor's Ancient Endeavor

Paul A. London | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Paul A. London

Steering the Republican Party away from its accustomed negativism is an ancient endeavor. Henry Simons, a founder of the ardently free enterprise Chicago School, tried unsuccessfully to do so in the 1930s.

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

How $60 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Spending Can Put One Million People Back to Work

Barry B. LePatner | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Barry B. LePatner

We've survived the election of 2012. Now what? I propose that it would be a great step in the right direction for our reelected president and all those elected officials returning to or starting out in office to make a serious and tangible investment in our nation by investing in the nation's infrastructure.

Matt Sledge

Hurricane Sandy Deals Infrastructure A Blow, Highlights Need For Investment

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- A day after Hurricane Sandy swept across the nation's most densely populated communities along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, utilities, ...

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs -- For Everyone

Avi Viswanathan | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Avi Viswanathan

The private sector will not be able to drive our recovery alone. Investing in proven job creation strategies with clear paths to reducing racial disparities will help put America back on the path to prosperity.

Mayors Group Wants More Infrastructure Investment

AP | PATRICK WALTERS | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- The economies of the nation's cities are starting to bounce back from the recession and grow again, but the state and federal governme...