Fostering 21st Century Innovation
+ Job Skills
WE HELP COMMUNITIES
MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS GO FURTHER
Infrastructure can be the backbone of strong economies, vibrant communities, and a resilient environment. Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, Willamette Partnership, and Portland State University have formed a partnership aimed at innovative investments and job skills for infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
Infrastructure for clean water, power, waste, and transportation are critical components of public health and resilient economies in local communities.
CSI's Innovation Lab provides technical assistance to communities actively working through innovative infrastructure investments like industrial water reuse, developing a smarter power grid, or rethinking transportation systems. The Innovation Lab’s value planning and data visualization assistance tools will help communities rethink projects, plan smarter, and build capacity.
The Infrastructure NEXT team is conducting a comprehensive water workforce needs assessment that utilities, colleges, and job training programs can use to make sure they are training and retaining the workforce that will fill the sustainable design, construction, maintenance, and leadership positions of tomorrow. The assessment, will identify workforce-related barriers to utility performance (such as availability of training programs, recruitment, retention, etc.) and propose solutions to improve the region’s water infrastructure talent pipeline, including tailored recommendations for large, small, rural, and urban settings.
The Infrastructure NEXT project partners are working together to advance the Northwest as a nationally-recognized infrastructure innovation hub.
By focusing on smarter infrastructure investments and a prepared workforce, the project partners can support thoughtful policies, statewide systems, and educational pathways, all building toward a future where sustainable, resilient, and aﬀordable infrastructure systems support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive communities in the Northwest.
Infrastructure NEXT partners hope to gain insights about how to improve statewide systems, policies and educational pathways to address big-picture problems in Washington and Oregon.