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Columbus Wins $40M “Smart City” Grant With Plan to Deploy Driverless Vehicles

On June 23, 2016, the Department of Transportation formally announced that Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the Department’s Smart City Challenge, a startup-inspired contest offering a $40 million grant to the city with the...more

Qatar Market Update – June 2016

In our June market overview we are seeing that the low price of oil is continuing to affect the economy in Qatar, with cut-backs and redundancies evident. However, despite the slow-down it is forecast that US $22.2 billion...more

FERC to Strengthen Protections for Infrastructure Information

Implementing new statutory authority, FERC proposes revised regulations to secure and share Critical Electric Infrastructure Information and penalize its unauthorized disclosure....more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

I-77 Managed Lanes - On June 2, the House voted 81-27 to approve HB 954, which would terminate the contract between NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners for the I-77 managed lanes project north of Charlotte. The bill has...more

Myanmar ministries announce "100-day" plans

After a landslide victory in Myanmar’s general election held on 8 November 2015, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office on 30 March 2016, with U Htin Kyaw named as...more

Indonesia’s revised negative investment list

Recent changes to Indonesia’s revised Negative Investment List have largely been positive, with relaxation being the order of the day. In this briefing we look at some of the key changes and their likely impact on foreign...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – Why Government Capacity Building Is So Important

Introduction - Considering the complexity involved in developing a national public-private partnership (PPP) program, it is generally accepted that governments do not typically have the internal skill sets required to...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – The Challenge Of Implementation And Some Analysis On Institutional And Regulatory Public Private Partnership...

On 25 April 2016, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision for life without crude oil. It’s fair to say that the announcement has been positively received, both...more

Gigabit Networks: Tomorrow's Infrastructure

A century ago, our nation had two networks of wires that pretty much went everywhere. One was for electricity, and the other was for telephone calls. Both came to be seen as necessities for modern life. Today, gigabit...more

P3s and Political Risk: Why Miami-Dade’s P3s Can Weather Political Climates

In an election year, investors pay careful attention to the political environments of jurisdictions that are seeking to develop public private partnerships (“P3” or “PPP”). Investment in pursuing a public infrastructure...more

Competition & Regulation Update: Open Season on Access – Implications of Declaration of the Port of Newcastle

On 31 May 2016, the Australian Competition Tribunal granted Glencore’s appeal and declared a service involving the use of the shipping channel at the Port of Newcastle. The Tribunal’s reasons radically alter the application...more

U.S. House Committee On Homeland Security Holds Hearing On States’ Preparation For Cyber Threats

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security (the “Committee”) held a hearing titled “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats.” The hearing was convened jointly by...more

Many Illinois Roads Rated in Poor Condition

While it is a fact of life for most Chicago residents, driving on Illinois roads can be perilous. Crumbling roads and bridges cause damage to vehicles and can lead to serious accidents. When it comes to damaged roads,...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - The Senate had a busy week working through the Senate calendar and addressing bills returned from the House. The Senate concurred with the House amendments on S. 1035, the “South Carolina...more

Session Closing Chaos: Special Session in the Wings

In the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers wrapped up a supplemental budget and a tax bill, but failed to pass a comprehensive transportation package, a bonding bill, and a plan for implementing federal...more

Real Estate Gazette: Focus on development, planning and infrastructure Issue 24

A very warm welcome to Issue 24 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette, in which we focus on a significant part of our real estate practice: development, planning and infrastructure. One of the most fascinating aspects of...more

Next Stops for the Alameda Corridor East – Montebello, Maple and Turnbull Canyon Grade Separations

At some time or another, most of us have experienced sitting in our cars at a railroad crossing waiting for what seems like the longest freight train in the world go by. And it always seems to happen when you’re late for an...more

FERC Grants Extension of Time for Natural Gas Storage Company to Construct Expansion Facilities Over More Than 250 Comments in...

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Arlington Storage Company, LLC (Arlington) a two-year extension of time to construct a previously authorized underground natural gas storage expansion project....more

ASCE’s Report Update Highlights Major Infrastructure Investment Funding Gaps

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which grades the current state of national infrastructure categories on a scale of A through F. The...more

New York City to Impose Minimum Five-Cent Fee to Curb the Use of Plastic and Paper Bags

On May 5, 2016, the New York City Council passed the “Plastic Bag Bill” (Int. 209-A), which will impose a minimum fee of five cents for plastic and paper bags at retail, convenience and grocery stores - with some exceptions....more

FAA Proposes More Flexible Eligibility Criteria For Expenditure Of Passenger Facility Charge Funds On Airport Rail Projects

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to amend (81 Fed. Reg. at 26611) (May 3, 2016) a 2004 rule, restricting expenditure of proceeds from passenger facility charges (PFC) funds to airport access infrastructure...more

The New Italian Public Procurement Code

The Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree reforming the Italian Public Procurement regulation, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/24/EU. On April 18, 2016, the Italian...more

Infrastructure Reforms in 2016 – Pulling in the Same Direction?

Looking to kick-start lacklustre economic growth, Australian Governments routinely consider infrastructure funding and reform to be a headline-grabbing opportunity to demonstrate their pro-active "nation-building"...more

The European Cloud Initiative: Will Data Protection Requirements Cause Stormy Weather?

The European Commission (EC) recently proposed the European Cloud Initiative (ECI): a plan to create a world-class data infrastructure to store, manage, transport and process data at high speeds. The primary aims are to...more

Navigating the Green Bonds markets in China

China’s climate change objectives under the Paris Agreement will require it to invest a massive amount of capital into growing its domestic renewable energy generation, as well as invest in other emissions-reducing efforts....more

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