For decades, our state has struggled to adequately build and maintain its infrastructure. As we move into a new digital era, we cannot afford to ignore the aging roads, bridges, waterways, communications, water and sewer systems that continue to demand our attention.
But every year, frustrated policy and budget leaders come back with the same response: where is the money to come from? How can we possibly tackle all these needs quickly enough to make a difference?
Thanks to the Governor’s leadership on this issue, we now have findings from the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission that suggest there is better way of planning and prioritizing the state’s future projects, so we can generate more efficient, effective results. These changes will help MI be more competitive for the new jobs and economic opportunities we need.
We also have a path forward. BLM commissioned an independent review of Michigan’s infrastructure to help state leaders identify some of the most promising infrastructure practices from around the world. Not only did the study concur in the Commission’s findings, but it also identified potential strategies for changing the way we manage our state’s future growth.
There are a number of strategies -asset management systems, coordinated planning councils, and innovative funding mechanisms- that can be brought to scale to help MI’s infrastructure be not just as good as those of its peers, but better. “Top Ten” better.
We can solve MI’s infrastructure challenges once and for all, with sustainable solutions that work. We encourage you to take a look at our latest report. It documents MI’s needs in detail and identifies best practices other states and countries have used to address similar challenges.