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State of public infrastructure today and motivations for developing InfraInput.org

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  • InfraInput.org BGSA Brown Bag Series September 27, 2011 Parfait Gasana, MS in Economics pgasana2@illinois.edu
  • Public Infrastructure• Def. - the wide array of assets and facilities that enable the functioning of a society and economy – All installations that house, transport, transmit, and distribute people, goods, energy, resources, services, and information• Public goods managed by government bodies – Externality and spillover traits and non-exclusionary/non-rival in consumption
  • Aging System• Policy of new construction over maintenance• Industry practice of segmented life cycle (Design-Bid-Build method)• Lack of performance measurement, inventory data, and infrastructure management system
  • Why InfraInput?• To start conversation on public works issues• Local citizens as stakeholder (user and owner)• Inefficient political process (i.e., lobbying, earmarks)• Needed coordination of agencies, policymakers, builders/contractors, engineers, & citizens)
  • Website Development• Literature reading on infrastructure• Wikipedia articles (public capital, metropolitan economy, public infrastructure sidebar & portal)• Microsoft Access database (tables and forms)• Online interface (html & php coding, mysql database) – BlueHost webhost/server and domain account, FileZilla FTP client, PhpAdmin, Apache
  • Website Features• Simple website/minimalist design – Function > Design (i.e., craigslist.com, google.com)• Fifteen user forms and database output tables• Includes other pages: About, Contact, Form Directions, Form Guidelines
  • Site Concerns• Complaint site against companies• Security/Hacking• Fraudulent entries• Publicity/Word of mouth – Champaign/Urbana, IL beta launch
  • Future Enhancements• User accounts (sign-in/log-in)• Pagination of output tables• Excel, PDF, CSV, Print-out plug-ins• Query page for searches by area, issue, etc.• Comments section for interaction• Ideas ???