U.S. Cities Offer Guideposts for Federal Infrastructure

A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research surveyed infrastructure projects in more than 100 major U.S. cities and argues these should be the starting place for federal strategy.

Government Technology By Ben Levine, Josh Schacht April 27, 2021 MetroLab Network has partnered with Government Technology to bring its readers a segment called the MetroLab Innovation of the Month Series, which highlights impactful tech, data and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. If you’d like to learn more or contact the project leads, please contact MetroLab at info@metrolabnetwork.org for more information. In this month’s installment of the Innovation of the Month series, we highlight a report, A Bottom-Up Infrastructure Strategy for American Renewal, that presents a new infrastructure framework and digital tool, and argues for the need to involve local leaders in the design of national infrastructure plans. MetroLab’s Ben Levine and Josh Schacht spoke with the architects of the report: former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio Henry Cisneros, and the Director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and former Mayor of Ventura, Calif., Bill Fulton.


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