University of Wisconsin–Madison

A Toolkit for Procuring Resilience

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
Many cities across the United States are home to legacy infrastructure systems. These older water, transportation, and communications systems are not only poorly suited to current needs, but they are also nearing the end of their usable lives after decades of underinvestment and deferred maintenance. In the coming years, more cities and utilities will inevitably be confronted with a stark choice: continue to do short-term fixes or find the resources to make major upgrades and replacements. Local procurement processes have the potential to either enable this transition or hinder it completely. This toolkit helps city and utility officials make critical early stage procurement decisions for water and resilience challenges for the specific problem the city is addressing, its available resources, and its local capacity for implementation.

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