Local Transportation Investment and Equitable Economic Growth: What Transatlantic Stakeholders Need to Know
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) partnered with the Surdna Foundation and Jobs to Move America for a roundtable discussion on latest trends in local government policy and procurement reform that stimulates equitable economic growth through transportation and infrastructure investments. U.S. cities and regions are investing at a high rate in infrastructure to improve aging systems, expand services to underserved communities, and pioneer new technological innovations. Strengthening the local economic impact of these public investments – through targeted hiring, vocational training, and disadvantaged business procuring– remain an important public policy objective for many municipalities. The event stimulated a transatlantic conversation with key stakeholders about this emerging trend. We shared the tools that municipalities are using to shape equitable growth through infrastructure investment, including the Jobs to Move America model procurement tool that is now being used in California, Illinois and New York.