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Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy

Educating the next generation of infrastructure leaders

The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) is focused on improving the delivery, maintenance, and operation of physical infrastructure. This will be accomplished through dedicated teaching, research, and outreach efforts in infrastructure policy. A key focus will be on infrastructure funding and financing. CPIP coordinates scholars across multiple disciplines both inside and outside of Cornell University who share an interest in public policies impacting infrastructure. CPIP develops and disseminates research relevant to those policies. CPIP collaborates with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to achieve those goals.

  • Educate the next generation of infrastructure leaders and professionals at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Coordinate an active global network of researchers in infrastructure policy
  • Disseminate research findings through conferences policy briefs, media availability, and other outreach efforts
  • Maintain a web presence dedicated to global infrastructure policy issues
  • Track data on infrastructure projects and policies relevant for assessing innovative approaches

The Need

Aging infrastructure, growing demand in a number of sectors, and constrained state and local budgets are placing severe stress on the delivery of critical infrastructure services. New policy approaches, educational programs, and outreach efforts are needed to address this acute problem.



Director: Rick Geddes
Executive Director: Richard Coyle
Advisory Board President: Anthony Ferrari


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The Infrastructure 2.0 Project will focus on developing public policies to support infrastructure that is sustainable in its financing, use, and maintenance. Innovative public policies, including new funding and financing approaches such as tolling and public private partnerships, can help address those concerns. The Infrastructure 2.0 Project will assess those and other innovative policies to improve the sustainability of America’s infrastructure.