Infrastructure Overview

MN2050 is working to spotlight the vital role of infrastructure on the health of our state’s quality of life and economy, and to stress the need for adequate, long-term funding for infrastructure projects.

Our goal is that MN2050 will be the go-to organization for infrastructure information for citizens, decision makers, and groups.

MN2050 focuses on five critical infrastructure types:

Infrastructure Efforts Elsewhere

MN2050 & ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers is an active partner in MN2050 and one of the earliest financial sponsors. The national organization has contributed $4000 toward our videos at the request of both the Minnesota and the Duluth sections. The Minnesota Section has sponsored infrastructure discussions highlighting MN2050 efforts.

ASCE is known for its national Report Cards for America’s Infrastructure. The current 2013 version is available online at The average grade for national infrastructure is D+. Report Cards are updated every four years.

ASCE has recently produced a four report series, entitled Failure to Act: The Economic Impact of Current Investment Trends, for four areas of infrastructure:

  • Surface Transportation
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Airports, Inland Waterways, and Marine Ports
  • Electricity

View the full report: Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future (pdf). These reports provide convincing information on what will likely happen if present underinvestment continues.