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New report shows status quo on infrastructure hampers competitiveness

Washington, D.C. — A new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by Inforum at the University of Maryland offers a view into the economic benefits the U.S. economy would reap with a more concerted effort to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

AISI to co-sponsor 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., is a co-sponsor of the 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2014. This year’s conference will be held on Nov. 5-6, 2014, at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis. A total of 1.6 continuing education or 16 professional development hour (PDH) units will be available for participants.

DOT announces $3.6 billion to make transit systems more resilient

New York — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that 40 projects have been competitively selected to receive a share of $3.59 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help public transportation systems in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to become more resilient, in order to withstand the impact of future natural disasters.

Three teams selected as finalists for Mississippi River Delta design competition

New Orleans — The Changing Course Leadership Team selected three teams to participate in the Changing Course Lower Mississippi River Delta design competition. These teams will develop innovative designs for a self-sustaining Lower Mississippi River Delta that reduce land loss in the region while improving navigation conditions and strengthening resilience for local communities and industries.

Bipartisan measure would empower local leaders, improve transportation grant process

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced bipartisan legislation that would give local officials more control over the transportation planning process in their states and communities. The “Innovation in Surface Transportation Act of 2014” would allow local jurisdictions to compete for a larger share of federal funds on a competitive basis. Local jurisdictions, metropolitan planning organizations, transit providers, and others would be in charge of developing projects for consideration.

NYC DEP program to create up to 40 green playgrounds

New York — New York City and The Trust for Public Land are continuing a partnership to build up to 40 new school playgrounds that will include green infrastructure to capture stormwater when it rains, thereby easing pressure on the city’s sewer system and improving the health of local waterways.

Hill International to move corporate headquarters to Center City Philadelphia

Marlton, N.J. and Philadelphia — Hill International signed a lease with Brandywine Realty Trust for approximately 60,000 square feet of “trophy-class” office space at One Commerce Square located at 2005 Market Street in Philadelphia. Hill will be moving its global corporate headquarters from Marlton, N.J., and consolidating space with its existing Philadelphia office in May 2015.

Ware Malcomb expands, relocates Northern California office

Irvine, Calif. — Ware Malcomb is expanding and relocating its East Bay office in Northern California from San Ramon to Pleasanton. The new, larger office located at 4683 Chabot Drive, Suite 300, Pleasanton, Calif., reflects the firm’s growing employee and client base. Ware Malcomb also maintains an office in San Francisco.

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