News Release: February 28, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Plan Should Aim to Strengthen Nation’s Communities

Proposal starts important conversation but falls short on key funding and policy issues.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Planning Association’s (APA) President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, today sent a letter to Congress in advance of infrastructure hearings starting tomorrow on Capitol Hill in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, outlining key planning concerns for federal infrastructure legislation. She notes that President Trump’s infrastructure plan falls short on delivering the policy and funding necessary to strengthen the nation’s communities. Smart investment in infrastructure is a top policy priority for APA.

Read APA’s Infrastructure Letter to Congress

“We appreciate the bipartisan interest in infrastructure and the willingness of Congress to engage on this vital topic. It is, rightfully, a priority issue for us all,” said Bowen.

She writes that infrastructure affects daily well-being, quality of life, and access to opportunity for everyone. Bowen urges lawmakers to pursue improvements to the Trump administration’s proposal: “There are important changes needed to deliver the kind of policy and funding required to strengthen communities, spur economic prosperity, and support investments in access and opportunity.”

She highlights five key policies that should be included in any new federal infrastructure legislation:

  1. Net increase in federal infrastructure investment
  2. Support federal, state and local community partnerships
  3. Long-term sustainability of infrastructure investments through the Highway Trust Fund
  4. Invest in public transportation
  5. Boost finance tools and planning for innovation

These key policies align with APA’s Infrastructure Principles that were adopted last year. The principles call for smarter investment in infrastructure and note that well-planned infrastructure projects will strengthen communities, boost the economy and expand opportunity. The infrastructure principles support APA’s legislative priorities that promote creating stronger, more just communities.

APA members are encouraged to share the infrastructure principles with their Congressional representatives through the APA Legislative Action Center. Updates on infrastructure legislation and other federal policies are continuously covered in APA policy blog posts.

Last week, APA reached out to Congressional representatives condemning President Trump’s proposed FY2019 Federal Budget, noting that the budget once again fails local communities and threatens vital programs necessary to create communities of lasting value.

Additional legislative updates, advocacy training, and exclusive webinars are available free to APA members through the Planners Advocacy Network.

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