These consensus-driven planning processes give leaders a framework and process to achieve the economic, environmental, and equity needs that infrastructure actually delivers by soliciting public input along with robust economic analysis.
Fundamentally, a strong prioritization process both creates and validates a vision that a governor, mayor, or other leader can move forward.
Much of this can be attributed to the continuing desire of politicians to pick projects easily touted in the next election.
Creating a defined infrastructure pipeline based on quantifiable public goals, like the United Kingdom’s National Infrastructure Plan or the Building a New Chicago initiative, is a key step.
Behind the scenes, the procurement processes that guide the way the public sector plans, finances, builds, manages, and operates these systems are in an even greater state of disrepair than the assets themselves.
While many of these deficiencies are readily visible to the naked eye, the underlying problems that keep us from fixing them are not.However, today’s increasingly complex and complicated projects rarely progress in a linear fashion.