Stimulus Funds Won't Avert Infrastructure Crisis
Stimulus Funds Won't Avert Infrastructure Crisis
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Stimulus Funds Won't Avert Infrastructure Crisis
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In the wake of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, our firm is determining our part to play in the building of new roads, transit, water, wastewater or energy infrastructure. The task is to identify opportunities to advance projects and execute them efficiently and rapidly, which will help avert an infrastructure crisis.

As this issue of BenchMark goes to press, our nation is absorbing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and trying to figure out all its nuances and initiatives. Once touted as an infrastructure reinvestment program designed to create jobs, we find it is less that than
other things.

The act indeed commits substantial additional funding to our nation’s infrastructure — whether roads, transit, water, wastewater or energy. Funding levels represent significant increases beyond normal federal investments. However, as large as these commitments are, they fall well short of the total infrastructure reinvestment needed to maintain the foundation of a competitive national economy. We must now be concerned that the act may diminish, rather than increase, our national dialogue regarding the condition of our infrastructure.

We at Burns & McDonnell will continue to express our views to our local, state and national leaders regarding infrastructure needs. For the present, we are prepared by diversity of services and focus of staff to help our clients take full advantage of stimulus funding. We can help you identify opportunities to advance projects to shovel-ready status and execute them efficiently and rapidly. Most importantly, we have the experience and expertise to help you maintain full accountability and serve your customers and constituents better.

I’m sure we’ll be talking.

Jim Foil
Senior Vice President
Infrastructure

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