U.S. can’t afford to be an infrastructure dropout

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The price tag to raise America’s grade is more than $2 trillion, but American Society of Civil Engineers’ Executive Director Tom Smith says it’s absolutely doable.

By Kim Phelan | Builder

College students with a D+ average would be unceremoniously picked up in mom’s SUV and hauled back home in disgrace. Handed out in 2017 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), U.S. infrastructure’s D+ is considerably more complex, infinitely more expensive – and yet, says ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith, completely reversible.

If anyone can take us to school on solving the mess, it’s Tom. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, he has a law degree from Washington & Lee University and is a certified association executive (CAE) as well as Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP). Before being appointed to his current position in 2015, Tom served as ASCE’s deputy executive director and was general counsel before that.

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