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Bipartisan measure would empower local leaders, improve transportation grant process

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced bipartisan legislation that would give local officials more control over the transportation planning process in their states and communities. The “Innovation in Surface Transportation Act of 2014” would allow local jurisdictions to compete for a larger share of federal funds on a competitive basis. Local jurisdictions, metropolitan planning organizations, transit providers, and others would be in charge of developing projects for consideration.

NYC DEP program to create up to 40 green playgrounds

New York — New York City and The Trust for Public Land are continuing a partnership to build up to 40 new school playgrounds that will include green infrastructure to capture stormwater when it rains, thereby easing pressure on the city’s sewer system and improving the health of local waterways.

Hill International to move corporate headquarters to Center City Philadelphia

Marlton, N.J. and Philadelphia — Hill International signed a lease with Brandywine Realty Trust for approximately 60,000 square feet of “trophy-class” office space at One Commerce Square located at 2005 Market Street in Philadelphia. Hill will be moving its global corporate headquarters from Marlton, N.J., and consolidating space with its existing Philadelphia office in May 2015.

Ware Malcomb expands, relocates Northern California office

Irvine, Calif. — Ware Malcomb is expanding and relocating its East Bay office in Northern California from San Ramon to Pleasanton. The new, larger office located at 4683 Chabot Drive, Suite 300, Pleasanton, Calif., reflects the firm’s growing employee and client base. Ware Malcomb also maintains an office in San Francisco.

Digital Coast Act to aid communities in water management, disaster response, long-term planning, and restoration

Washington D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation to help Great Lakes communities better prepare for storms, cope with varying lake levels, and strengthen economic development planning efforts along the shore. The Digital Coast Act authorizes the next phase in coastal mapping at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supports further development of the current project, including increasing access to uniform, up-to-date data, to help communities get the coastal data they need to respond to emergencies, plan for long-term coastal resilience, and manage their water resources.

Economy improving slowly according to FMI Q3-2014 Outlook

Raleigh, N.C. — FMI, a provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, released its Q3-2014 Construction Outlook. The forecast calls for solid, slow growth. Contributing factors include relatively low energy prices, low inflation, unemployment holding around 6.2 percent and GDP slowly growing.

Two students take top honors in ARTBA video contest

Washington, D.C. — A high school student from Pennsylvania and an undergraduate student from Florida Polytechnic Institute were named winners of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 4th annual “Student Transportation Video Contest.” They will each receive a $500 cash prize. Watch the winning videos.

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