The Infrastructure Lab
Policymakers on both sides of the aisle agree that action is urgently required to modernize our nation’s run-down roads, bridges, water systems and other critical infrastructure. However, there is no general agreement on the best course of action to address this immense funding need, which the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates to be $3.3 trillion through 2025.
In response, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has created an Infrastructure Lab to provide policymakers with fact-based evidence that can shape strategies for restoring America’s infrastructure. The Lab’s evidence will be drawn from high-quality data, rigorous research and analysis, and innovative implementation mechanisms that facilitate operational solutions.
About BPC’s Infrastructure Lab
BPC’s Infrastructure Lab is a team of infrastructure experts and practitioners that works with collaborators from industry, government, and academia to assess how our nation is financing and funding the physical structures, systems, and networks that provide essential services—water, power, mobility, and connectivity—to the public. Their mission is direct: to build evidence through research and analysis about what works and delivers the best outcomes for our nation’s infrastructure and taxpayers, and to share this evidence with policymakers so they can make informed and effective decisions for restoring America’s infrastructure.
Priorities of the Infrastructure Lab
- “Ideas at Work” Series
This series of public events will promote innovations in infrastructure finance. By highlighting success stories, the lab will provide communities, government officials, policymakers and private investors with a road map for replicating these breakthroughs—and build momentum for the use of creative, cost effective approaches to restoring our nation’s infrastructure.
- Capacity Development
One of the Lab’s first initiatives is to develop an Infrastructure Fellows Program for the federal government. This program underpins the BPC Executive Council’s recommendation that we must build the technical capacity of government agencies in procuring and delivering infrastructure as a step toward increasing private-sector investment in America’s infrastructure.
- Asset Recycling
BPC has established an asset recycling pilot program between the District of Columbia and the Australian governments of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Under the guidance of BPC, the three governments are sharing their experiences with asset inventories and recycling and working cooperatively to review D.C.’s assets, identify an asset appropriate for disposal, and determine whether the proceeds can be used to fund other infrastructure projects. BPC anticipates developing additional partnerships in other U.S. cities.
- Case Studies
The US has lagged most developed countries in using public-private partnerships largely due to the inability of policymakers and taxpayers to point to a successful P3. The Lab seeks to provide policymakers and thought leaders with a comprehensive analysis of one of America’s best—but least recognized—public-private partnerships. This study focuses on the mechanisms used to anchor an enduring cooperation between public and private sector constituencies.
Infrastructure is America’s economic backbone and critical to its social well-being. It is imperative for Congress to act to address our rapidly deteriorating infrastructure nationwide—and to shape these actions using sound information and insights. With your support, BPC’s Infrastructure Lab can fill this need by providing policymakers with the best available evidence to inform infrastructure policy.
BPC Infrastructure Lab Sponsor
Corporate sponsors will have advanced notice of Lab activities, signage at Ideas at Work events and unique media and public event opportunities.
For more information contact:
Michele Nellenbach, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Jill Eicher, Senior Advisor