Get Specific on Infrastructure

In a 1985 speech, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously said, “You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.” Her point? The term “infrastructure” does not speak to the general public. In the United States today, the need to invest in U.S. infrastructure is seemingly on everyone’s lips. But despite important progress over the last decade in framing infrastructure as a key economic driver, it remains an amorphous and simplistic discussion. Infrastructure is made up of interrelated sectors as diverse as a water treatment plant is from an airport, a wind farm, a gas line or a broadband network.

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