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EDR GROUP, AUGUST 2013
Global Speaking Engagements
Comparing Transport Processes
Utah Unified Plan
Energy Efficiency and Renewables
FROM OUR BLOG
 
Don't Forget It's About More Than Just Safety

by Adam Winston, Economic Analyst, EDR Group
  

On June 17th, 2013 a WSJ article entitled "Rail Safety and the Value of a Life[1]" highlighted the financial struggles that regional transit transportation authorities are facing to address safety concerns: both avoiding train crashes and improving deteriorating bridges.   A federal requirement to install anti-crash gear (Positive Train Control - PTC) for all transit systems that carry over 564 million passengers by 2015 is currently being discussed by the Senate Commerce Committee.   While there is debate over prioritizing schedules of investing in PTC versus the backlog of needed bridge renovations, it highlights the urgent need for overall additional investment in transit infrastructure. Read More 

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EDRG SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE
Economic Development Research Group has been represented at conferences across the globe over the last few months as team members have accepted invitations to speak, chair and deliver the keynote address at a number of international economic and transportation-focused gatherings in Germany, Brazil, Australia and St. Thomas. Read More
COMPARING INT'L TRANSPORT APPRAISAL PROCESSES

For the UK Dept. for Transport, EDR Group was on an international team that compared methods used in seven different countries to evaluate, prioritize and select surface transportation projects. It focused on differences in transportation benefit-cost analysis, consideration of wider economic productivity and competitiveness factors, environmental externalities and other social factors. Read More

UTAH'S UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION PLAN

For the Greater Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, EDR Group performed an economic impact analysis of three different funding levels for Utah's Unified Plan. The study compared funding levels for Utah's multi-modal plan, assessing the economic benefits and impacts on jobs, household income, business output and Gross Domestic Product. The report showed that state and local government investment in broad-based transportation could result in more than 180,000 new jobs over the next three decades. Read More

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES

Lisa Petraglia participated in a MIT CoLabs webinar about

"Realizing Local Job Creation and Economic Impact Through Investments in Energy Efficiency" Read More

 

Adam Blair was co-author of an article entitled, "Transitioning to Renewable Energy: Development Opportunities and Concerns for Rural New York," published in the Summer 2013 edition of the Government, Law and Policy Journal.  Read More