As the U.S. labor market continues to gain momentum, concerns over wage stagnation and income inequality persist, especially at a regional level. In response, many public, private, and civic leaders across a variety of metropolitan areas are forging new collaborations and launching innovative strategies to support greater economic opportunity. Infrastructure investment represents a key priority in this respect, whether aimed at boosting transportation access, increasing broadband adoption, strengthening freight connectivity, or improving water quality.
Infrastructure helps facilitate the exchange of information, drive production, and deliver resources, spanning multiple sectors of the economy and serving as a foundation to long-term growth. Yet, infrastructure’s prominent role in the labor market is perhaps one of its most overlooked strengths. Too often framed in terms of short-term construction projects, infrastructure activities involve a considerable depth and breadth of employment opportunities across the country. Workers must oversee and maintain an assortment of different infrastructure facilities over time.
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