Making smart choices about infrastructure policy can help address larger policy challenges, from transportation to technology to clean energy. Pew’s research examines issues that are critical to improving the economy, our shared environment, and civic life.  It includes a focus on understanding the partnership of the federal government, states, and localities.

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  • The National Flood Insurance Program

    The flood-prepared communities project helps communities reduce the effects of weather-related catastrophes on the U.S. economy and environment through national policy reform. The project promotes the adoption of key changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Read More

  • When Disaster Strikes, Governments Put All Hands on Deck

    On Oct. 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast, damaging communities from Florida to Virginia. Federal officials declared major disasters in five states, setting in motion an intergovernmental response that would eventually involve 23 federal agencies while states activated their own efforts to deal with the aftermath. As North Carolina Emergency Management Agency... Read More

  • Pew Fellow Comments on Proposed FEMA Public Assistance Deductible

    Joseph P. Riley, a Pew distinguished fellow and the former mayor of Charleston, S.C., submitted comments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of its public assistance deductible proposal, which rewards states for reducing their risk of damage from natural disasters. Riley called it a common-sense approach for managing this threat. In his four decades in office, Riley led the city... Read More