A New Economic Vision for America’s Infrastructure

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Brookings Mountain West


Disruptive markets and demographic, fiscal, and environmental dynamics are fundamentally reshaping America’s economic landscape. In this new reality, the United States should think of infrastructure not in the general but in the specific, understanding the ways in which different infrastructure sectors—such as transportation, energy, and water—are governed, financed, and delivered. At the same time, metropolitan areas need to outline their priorities given their distinct economies, competitive advantages, and infrastructure needs. As public dollars become scarcer, the Brookings Metropolitan Program expects that the next generation of American infrastructure will require the public, private, and civic sectors to engage and partner in new ways. This lecture will detail the critical role infrastructure plays in the American economy, outline the disruptive trends that are redefining the marketplace, and lay out a new path forward.


City planning; Community development; Urban; Public administration


Economic Policy | Public Administration | Urban Studies

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Rob Puentes is a Metropolitan Studies senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. This public lecture, sponsored by Brookings Mountain West, was delivered on March 9, 2016, in Greenspun Hall, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Downloadable files associated with this event are:

"A New Vision for American Infrastructure," 40 PowerPoint slides

"A New Economic Vision for America’s Infrastructure," mp4 file