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Monday, September 21, 2015

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Which of the presidential candidates are likely to be best for the future of the nation’s infrastructure? One market research firm crunched the numbers and came up with a ranking of those presidential hopefuls that show the best stance on the issue.

Top of the List

Utilizing stated plans as well as past performance on key issues as a measuring stick, CG/LA Infrastructure positioned both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in terms of their potential to stimulate new infrastructure investment in the U.S.

Tied for first place in the ranking system, Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican John Kasich top the list, CG/LA announced in a press release Sept. 15 in advance of the second scheduled Republican candidates’ debate.

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Bernie Sanders and John Kasich tied for the top position in a ranking of presidential candidates most likely to boost an investment in infrastructure if elected, according to CG/LA Infrastructure.

"Every successful presidential candidate for the last two generations has promised to build our infrastructure, helping us to regain our global competitiveness - none has been able to do it," Norman F. Anderson, president and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, said in the statement.

"Our monthly rating system provides a structure for the evaluation of candidates, Republicans and Democrats, rating their ability to get this done."

Following Sanders and Kasich, Donald Trump took the third spot, and Hillary Clinton came in fourth.

Measuring Stick

Anderson sent a follow-up email Sept. 16 about the candidates’ attention—or lack thereof—to infrastructure in the early stages of the election cycle.

In it he explained that this ranking of presidential candidates is the first in a series of monthly rating analysis.

He said this poll “focused on the ‘moneyball’ issues of the likelihood that they would raise infrastructure to a top three issue in their administration.”

The company examined each candidate in terms of the following topics:

  • Legacy Performance: have they successfully built infrastructure in the past?
  • Plan of Action: Do they have an achievable infrastructure plan?
  • Team Performance: Can they catalyze great performance across a disparate executive team that would have to manage a successful infrastructure build?

Sanders was deemed most vocal on the issue, having proposed a major infrastructure investment initiative in the Senate and emphasizing the importance of infrastructure funding while on the campaign trail.

According to The Bond Buyer (subscription only), over an eight-year period Sanders’ Rebuild America Act would direct about $1 trillion to transportation and water infrastructure.

His proposal includes allocations for the Highway Trust Fund, passenger and freight rail and a national infrastructure bank, the site said.

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Candidates were ranked according to their past performance, plan of action and team performance in regard to infrastructure projects.

Kasich’s strength was in legacy performance, having used his public and private sector experience to pass a strong transportation budget in Ohio.

Having taken effect in July, his two-year, $7 billion transportation budget funds 1,600 state construction and maintenance projects, includes local streets and bridges, helps streamline the contracting process in an effort to reduce construction costs, Bond Buyer said.

Trump’s past experience as a builder and real estate developer earned him points, as did his attention to infrastructure in his campaign.

“This is not a narrow issue,” said Anderson.

“Infrastructure, like education, is a foundational issue, underlying our ability to be productive, to be prosperous, and to creatively imagine—and create—our country’s future.”

About the CG/LA Infrastructure

Founded in 1987 by Anderson, CG/LA Infrastructure conducts market research and intelligence, sustains a networking community for visionary leaders, and provides strategic counsel to the public and private sectors.

The rankings are a part of CG/LA's Blueprint 2025 initiative, an 18-month, 100-nameplate campaign by U.S. CEOs to craft an infrastructure plan for the next presidential administration.

Blueprint 2025 aims to raise infrastructure to a priority level on par with national security while generating long-term bipartisan support through at least the next three election cycles.


Tagged categories: Funding; Infrastructure; North America; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways

Comment from Jim Johnson, (9/21/2015, 9:42 AM)

It appears this rating system was done with a "damn the debt, damn the cost to our great grand children, damn the current tax payers, build infrastructure at any cost to anyone, just build it! Yes, a socialist could very well work within those parameters since they typically have no care as to who pays what as long as the elite get what they want. This so called list would be completely different if the tax payer had any say in it, but in a socialist system the tax payer does not get a say. It would be a much better article if some common sense were included in the mix. As is, all it considers is who is willing to incur the most debt the quickest.

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