Infrastructure provides the backbone for county operations. Counties invest more than $100 billion annually in roads, bridges, transit, water systems and other public infrastructure. Counties build and maintain 45 percent of public roads and 40 percent of bridges, are involved in one-third of transit systems and airports across the U.S., support 960 hospitals throughout the U.S., and spend an annual $23.3 billion on correctional facilities and $18.6 billion on sewage and waste management. The decisions that county leaders make every day about transportation, infrastructure, land use and economic development policies and investments influence local and national economic opportunities, shape how communities grow and change and contribute to Americans’ quality of life.
On August 15, President Donald Trump announced an Executive Order (EO) to streamline the permit and approval processes for infrastructure projects. While signing the EO, the President, joined by U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S.
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