May 23, 2005 Workshop Series One: The Context for Advancing Regional Equity
Infrastructure: The Next Equity Frontier
Advocates increasingly recognize the importance of infrastructure decisions in regional development. Highway builders, agribusiness, and utility companies typically dominate public infrastructure decision-making, but community-based groups and coalitions are increasingly gaining influence in financing, planning, and regulatory policies for transportation, water, school facilities, telecommunications, parks, energy generation, and other arenas. This session explored how infrastructure decisions shape neighborhoods and metropolitan growth patterns and discussed efforts to ensure that low-income residents benefit from these public investments.