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Modernizing America’s infrastructure

Infrastructure legislation likely to benefit myriad industrial players, bolster national competitiveness

Roughly half of the approximately $550 billion of new spending in the INVEST in America Act would be allocated to improving and expanding the nation’s passenger and freight transportation networks. The proposed funding spans virtually all transportation infrastructures: roads, bridges, airports, rail, marine ports and public transport. 

One third of the new spending is earmarked to modernize and make more resilient the country’s power grid, support renewable power, safeguard the nation’s water supply and distribution system, and “climate-proof” critical infrastructure. The bill also includes money aimed at narrowing the digital divide by supporting expansion of connectivity to underserved parts of the country.

The initiatives proposed in the bill are aimed at strengthening national infrastructure, as the demand to harden infrastructure against climate-change events and cyber attacks escalates. Industries that rely on these networks, such as logistics firms, airlines, railroads, solar and wind power operators, and online commerce, could stand to benefit. Improvements in transportation networks and a more reliable power grid likely would benefit virtually all industries through the promotion of greater efficiencies in supply-chain networks. The efforts also include money to help decarbonize power and energy.

We took a closer look into how the INVEST in America Act impacts the following industries, where the money will go, and what companies can do now to think through the implications of passage.

The message for business

This infrastructure push potentially supports wider and longer-term needs for numerous industries — and for the nation as a whole. Given that funds would be disbursed over several years, some companies could position themselves to become infrastructure-building participants in ways that could help drive top- and bottom-lines.  In a larger sense, the bill, if signed into law, could increase productivity and efficiencies in production and through supplier networks. It could promote greater domestic production and long-term job creation, enhance worker safety and improve quality of life, attracting talent and economic revival to areas of the country that have languished.

Additional insights on the INVEST in America Act

Modernize

The Senate bill would put billions of federal dollars into road, bridge, rail and other modernization projects, with significant implications for businesses that depend on this infrastructure. In other words, virtually all business.

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Decarbonize

The Senate bill sends possibly the strongest signal yet that the drive toward a more sustainable economy powered by low-carbon alternatives — including wind, solar, hydropower and nuclear — is bipartisan and seen in the national interest.

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Secure

Cybersecurity is not optional. The bipartisan deal includes $1 billion for state, local and tribal governments to upgrade their networks. It invests another $1 billion to better secure power and water infrastructures.

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Fund new infrastructure

The infrastructure agreement draws on unused pandemic relief funds, strengthened tax enforcement for cryptocurrency and other offsets for funding.

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