Critical Condition: Infrastructure for Economic Development
Author: Emily J. Brown and Joshua Hurwitz. 2016. 94 pages.

America’s infrastructure has historically been an important contributor to this country’s economic vitality. Businesses of every size and industry rely on highways, water, electricity, and the internet; the pipes, roads, and bridges that provide these services are crucial to creating jobs and generating tax revenues that build healthy, vibrant communities. Yet, today, the U.S. infrastructure system faces a raft of challenges, from unsustainable financing and deferred maintenance, to technological change, security risks, and new environmental rules. 

This report discusses how economic developers can advocate for infrastructure, participate meaningfully in planning processes, and advance innovative new forms of finance to overcome these challenges. With these tools, economic developers can help develop and maintain effective, efficient infrastructure that delivers economic prosperity for workers, businesses, and communities. 

IEDC Members, please visit the EDRP Publications page to download this publication for free.


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