Infrastructure survey reveals U.S. weakness, need for clear vision

December 2011, Vol. 66 No. 12

CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in infrastructure project identification and development, announced recently the results of its annual survey of public and private sector executives on the U.S. infrastructure market.

According to Norman F. Anderson, president and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, the survey paints a dark picture for U.S. infrastructure. "We have conducted this survey around the world, and the overall results for the U.S. are some of the lowest scores that we have seen. U.S. scores are on par with Peru, in terms of the country's ability to develop infrastructure projects, and well below those of Brazil, India, China and other countries with which we compete for scarce infrastructure dollars and expertise."

Overall, the scores suggest that the U.S. is falling into second-rate status in the infrastructure arena, becoming a country that does not attract top-flight expertise or resources to its infrastructure business. In particular, responses on questions about leadership and vision yielded lower scores than any previously surveyed country.

Anderson continued: "Particularly in the wake of President Obama's jobs plan and call for an infrastructure bank, the survey reveals the need for urgent action and a clear infrastructure strategy for the U.S."