Metro areas are growing faster than ever before
Total metro area population will grow by 24% (66.7 million) from 2016 to 2046 and will be especially fast in some of the nation’s largest metro areas. For example, the population will grow by more than 50% in the Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Riverside, Austin, Orlando, and San Antonio metro areas. By 2046, 72 metro areas will have a population exceeding 1 million, compared to 2016, when only 53 achieved this threshold. And by 2046, five metro areas will have over 10 million people.
“Public investment in infrastructure makes communities safer, creates jobs, help small businesses expand, and grows our economy.”
Public investment in infrastructure must make the lives of all Americans – not just those living in cities, but those who work in them and the communities that surround them – better. Public investment in infrastructure makes communities safer, creates jobs, help small businesses expand, and grows our economy. For too many years, underinvestment in our roads, bridges, transit systems, waterways, and drainage systems has resulted in additional deterioration or delayed maintenance that has cost local taxpayers money and hurt our economic growth.
- Pass a major infrastructure package that starts investment in the $4.6 trillion shortfall in America.
- Allocate resources directly to cities and counties for priority infrastructure projects that will support low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, and provide the infrastructure improvements residents and businesses require.
- Create “Community Workforce Agreements” with business and labor groups to build partnerships through infrastructure investments that will promote local hiring, create career pathways through training and economic development, and improve construction standards.
- Reject any attempts to cap or limit Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds.
- Reestablish a federal-state-city partnership to address the nation’s energy, resilience, broadband, and water and sewer issues in a comprehensive and affordable manner.
- Preserve and where appropriate improve land use planning at the local level to consider infrastructure priorities, identify a pipeline of priority projects, advance equitable development, and consider emerging technologies and economic trends.
- Support policy and investment at every level of government that will address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support renewable energy and new technologies that will alleviate the impacts of global warming and expand our economy.
- Develop community resilience programs for existing and new infrastructure projects that help cities prepare for climate-related threats, such as increased flooding, extreme heat, and drought.
- Reject regulatory efforts that seek to preempt or minimize the role of local government in areas such as drone regulation or wireless infrastructure deployment.
- Provide additional tools and incentives for redeveloping brownfield sites.
- Allow cities the flexibility to partner with private companies or deploy their own municipal broadband infrastructure.