Infrastructure 2013: Global Priorities, Global Insights is the seventh in a series of global infrastructure reports produced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young. The report assesses the state of infrastructure globally, connecting strong infrastructure investment decisions to national and metropolitan prosperity.
Infrastructure 2012: Spotlight on Leadership focuses on infrastructure leadership in the new economy. The report includes case studies documenting strategies employed by innovative metropolitan regions across the country to fund infrastructure and transit investments in an era of tight budgets. Infrastructure leaders are using new technology, pricing, regional cooperation, and new models of public/private cooperation to move infrastructure projects forward.
Infrastructure 2011: A Strategic Priority highlights infrastructure activity across six continents, with a special focus on major US metropolitan markets and the impacts of natural disasters abroad. The Infrastructure Report emphasizes the challenge faced by many urban areas trying to provide adequate transportation and other infrastructure services for their residents, workers and businesses. The report identifies the most promising solution to the nation’s infrastructure shortfalls as the expansion of public-private partnerships.
Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative warns that further delay in US infrastructure development risks impeding sustained economic recovery and means losing additional ground to countries in Asia and the EU. The report affirms that despite coping with recessionary fallout, national governments can front-load stimulus spending on national and regional infrastructure initiatives already underway—expanding high speed rail networks, and expediting energy and water projects. The report also identifies water availability and quality as an immediate priority.
Infrastructure 2009: Pivot Point expresses the concern that short-term stimulus funding for various road, transit, rail, and water projects offers no substitute for a concerted long-range US effort to maintain national prosperity in a rapidly evolving and more competitive global marketplace. The report therefore recommends a total revamping of how the US plans, funds, and implements infrastructure programs, laying out four guidelines to lead the U.S. in a new direction: set a national strategy, plan holistically, revamp government, and change funding approaches.
Infrastructure 2008: A Competitive Advantage provides a snapshot of current and planned infrastructure investment in a variety of categories across the globe, with an in-depth look at the United States, China, Japan, India and Europe. The second annual report also touches on the infrastructure needs in several of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, highlighting the consequences of inadequate federal policy and guidelines that have resulted in “a mish-mash of disconnected regional infrastructure management approaches.”
Infrastructure 2007: A Global Perspective, the first ULI/Ernst & Young infrastructure report, and discusses the evolving infrastructure market, including private and combination public-private systems for funding, construction, and operations and management. The report calls for long-term solutions that rethink land planning models so they are less auto-dependent and offer plenty of options for getting from one place to another.