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FEMA Unveils New National Mitigation Investment Strategy

National Preparedness Month (NPM) hits September 1, and has a slight head start, with a new strategy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help improve coordinated efforts and effectiveness of risk management actions that would avoid, reduce, or transfer risks from natural hazards – including severe weather—across sectors. The National Mitigation Investment Strategy......

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ASCE at NCSL 2019: Resiliency In Focus at the 50-State Legislative Conference

More than 5,500 state lawmakers and legislative staff from the U.S. and beyond attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting provides a platform for lawmakers, staff, and other public policy professionals to learn from experts, as well as each other, about solutions to the country’s most......

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Senate Panel Moves on Surface Transportation Bill

Bipartisanship was in the air on Capitol Hill this week. If there’s one issue both political parties can agree on, that’s infrastructure. This was evident this week as the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced, marked up, and voted out of Committee S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA). This legislation......

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BulidStrong Forum Focuses on Resiliency and Mitigation

The Build Strong Coalition convened the first of three forums on disaster mitigation and resiliency, this one focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. At the forum, ASCE’s Executive Director Tom Smith, ENV.SP., CAE, F.ASCE spoke on a panel about the need to achieve resilience in public......

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Preserving the Spectrum Saves Lives

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), like technology, is literally changing how people and goods move in our society. Through minimized human error, enhanced ride-share opportunities, and improved mobility in under served communities, CAVs have the ability to reduce traffic accidents, decrease travel time and congestion, and increase accessibility in underserved communities. CAVs provide the benefit......

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Thirteen States Increase Their Gas Tax – Just in Time for Summer

Across the country, many states are proving that funding and modernizing infrastructure is a key priority. We just saw Illinois pass a massive, bipartisan transportation package in June as a part of the “Rebuild Illinois Plan,” which created new revenue for roads and bridges, as well as increased the vehicle registration fee and added an......

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Grassroots Ad Campaign Targets Congress and Trump Administration, Highlights Urgent Need for Infrastructure Investment

Our transportation network is the backbone of the economy. To keep that network strong, we must modernize and maintain our roads, bridges, and other transportation networks. However, we’re still driving over potholes, seeing the aftermath of a water main break, and sitting stuck in traffic for hours—42 hours a year in fact. We can no......

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House Tees Up Second FY20 Minibus

This week, the House began voting on its second FY20 “minibus,” or spending package. H.R. 3055 includes the following appropriations bills: Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; Interior & Environment; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Military Construction & Veterans Affairs; and Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food & Drug Administration. Of particular interest to ASCE are programs that......

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National Levee Safety Program Gets Some Love in the FY20 Minibus

Tis the season for appropriations! The fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations process is well underway, and the House of Representatives passed the first minibus of FY20 spending bills, H.R. 2740, which contained a blockbuster win for ASCE: increased funding for the National Levee Safety Program (NLSP)! Although the minibus does not fund the program at......

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Innovations in Seismology: Fiber Optics Help Maintain America’s Infrastructure

The  Seismological Society of America hosted a briefing on June 17 on fiber optic analyses, proving that using fiber optic analyses could be instrumental to the maintenance and safety of America’s infrastructure. Panelists included Herb Wang from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Nate Lindsay from the University of California, Berkley, and they focused on......

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