The White House summoned the country’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design on May 5th.
They met to discuss on how infrastructure projects across the board can be designed to stimulate economic growth and be more resilient against calamities that climate change brings.
Along with this meeting, the government, through the Build America Investment Initiative, has released a Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design.
The guide aims to be a community resource in designing and financing infrastructure projects.
“Today’s roundtable – which the White House is holding in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation – is designed to highlight and learn from projects like these. Over the past five years, the Obama Administration has worked hand in hand with local and regional partners like Prince George’s County to plan, design and build a range of infrastructure projects. Through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, for example, the Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency teamed up to provide integrated funding, technical assistance and support to places like Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Memphis, Tennessee, fostering more livable, walkable, healthy and resilient communities. Through our response to Hurricane Sandy, the federal government partnered with Northeastern states, cities and towns to rebuild roads, schools, electric utilities and add or restore other critical assets, like flood protections in the New York subway system. And through the work of the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, governors, mayors, and tribal leaders from all over the country advised the Administration on how the Federal Government can modernize grant programs and better incentivize resilient infrastructure.
These initiatives demonstrate the benefits of close local, state and federal collaboration and of smart planning. They also helped the Federal government learn what makes for good project planning – and inspired the roundtable and guide that we’re publishing today. The guide includes an extensive list of all federal programs that can help local, state and tribal governments in the early stages of a project’s life. It also includes a set of principles for planning and design that we hope will be a resource for communities around the country as they build projects that will define growth and development in the decades ahead.”
A link to the guide itself can be found here —>Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design.
Inframanage.com notes that this is another useful resource that is available to US infrastructure asset management experts.