The United States lags behind other nations when it comes to private investment in infrastructure, the report notes. The report Bridging The Gap Together suggests this results from "three major risks hindering the flow of private capital to U.S. infrastructure: the lack of a project pipeline as there is a lack of identified projects that are both attractive to private investors and tied to a clear public benefit; political risk as several infrastructure projects are cancelled or delayed for political reasons unrelated to their merits as infrastructure projects; and permitting risk as the permitting step for infrastructure often extend the length of a project for years.
The report offers a number of recommendations indeed to help bring about a new model for restoring and expanding the nation's infrastructure. In underlining the need for greater outreach, engagement, and education, the report seeks to maximize participation by all potential stakeholders.
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