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We have both an infrastructure and an inequality crisis in our country. For “America to be great again”, we need to urgently attack both problems. For starters, national infrastructure investment cannot be self-regulating; or, simply left to the open market. It must be strategically leveraged in the public interest; and intentionally directed to achieve shared prosperity and equitable outcomes for all Americans.
President-Elect Trump’s economic blueprint which includes major revitalization and expansion of American infrastructure has the potential to be a major game changer. “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals…We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And, we will put millions of people to work as we rebuild it.”
But, it is not enough. Unfortunately, the record is abundantly clear that economic growth does not automatically result in economic inclusion. The dramatically growing chasm between “haves” and “have nots” across our country has resulted in a chronic and systemic divide depriving the vast majority of Americans with opportunity and hope for a better future; ravaged a once proud American middle class; and reduced productivity and economic performance for a nation that once led the world.
As we are poised to invest billions of dollars into the nation’s aging infrastructure, it is imperative that we work together to ensure that shared prosperity, economic, social, racial, and environmental justice are a centerpiece of our country’s national investment and infrastructure renewal and modernization strategy. That will take a genuine commitment to good jobs; plus critical investments and partnerships in the “best-in-class” workforce training and development needed to successfully deliver a massive American infrastructure rebuilding program.
“The best social program is a J-O-B”! Unlocking the untapped potential and productivity of the average American – with special care for our most vulnerable and underutilized – is the “hand-up”” needed to deliver the American renaissance that will make America great again. ALL of our best thinking and effort needs to be directed to supporting this most urgent work!
Beverly Scott, Ph.D., CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC
The following article was authored by Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., a Mineta Transportation Institute Research Associate.
Failure to address human capital assets risky for safety and performance
San Jose, CA – November 14, 2016 – Human resources represent the largest ongoing expenditure for public transit agencies, yet transit asset management plans routinely ignore this critical issue. The Mineta Transportation Institute’s latest Transit Perspective, a regular series from thought leaders in the transportation community, looks at the importance of human resources to National Transit Asset Management Program development and transit safety performance. Perspective-author, MTI Research Associate Dr. Beverly Scott, argues that the common practice of a singular focus on physical assets to the exclusion of human and other factors is, at best, a partial approach. Scott, a distinguished leader in transportation workforce development, penned the MTI perspective: Unfinished Business: The Importance of Human Resources to National Transit Asset Management Program Development and Transit Safety Performance.
U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT – TRANSFORMING LIVES AND COMMUNITIES
(Beverly A. Scott, Ph. D.,)
Our nation’s critical infrastructure is crumbling. New investments in smart, sustainable, resilient infrastructure are desperately needed across the United States – a fact that has been more than well-documented and reported. Notwithstanding, bit by bit, we are losing our American focus on quality; and, with it, our overall standard of living and global competitive position.
Transportation Affirmatives: Scott Lends Wisdom to Groundbreaking Book on Women in Transportation
She tells it like it was…and it is. Dr. Beverly Scott, CEO of Beverly Scott Associates, joined several female transportation luminaries by contributing to Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories. And she had a great deal to contribute. Current National Infrastructure Advisory Council vice-chair, past APTA chair, former GM/CEO at four transit agencies, first female and former NYCTA vice president heading NYC bus service in the five boroughs and Staten Island rail, Scott has also lead several major transit systems in her career. Overcoming prejudice, injustice, and a host of great challenges, Scott handled myriad issues—both popular and not—with great aplomb and creativity. And she tells all in Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom. Read it to discover Scott’s indelible contribution.