Practitioners from both the public and private sectors highlight best practices for addressing the generational infrastructure crisis.
Passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in late 2021 was a watershed moment for investment in our nation’s infrastructure. The law begins to reverse decades of underinvestment in our nation’s roads, bridges, and water systems, while expanding energy investments, connecting all Americans with high-speed internet, and more.
Communities across the nation are eager to improve their quality of life and strengthen their economy. They welcome the investments and policy changes enabled by law. But these increased investment levels, combined with the accelerating retirement trend and the poor attrition rate in the infrastructure area, compound the gaps that already exist in the engineering and the infrastructure workforce. This threatens the overall impact of the generational opportunity.
The American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices brought together a group of professionals to address these challenges.