Consider the innerworkings of healthy, functioning communities. What do they all have in common? It is likely you thought of several basic physical systems, or infrastructure. Without such things as roads and transportation, communication systems, water treatment and distribution, sewage treatment and collection, power generation, and so on, communities would struggle to survive. Government entities and municipalities are responsible for ensuring infrastructure is not only present but functioning in a way that contributes to a positive quality of life for its residents.
As a government entity, municipality, or tax-paying citizen, consider the following three benefits of prioritizing infrastructure in your community.
Safety. Stormwater systems help direct run-off, keeping businesses and neighborhoods from flooding. Proper roads and surfaces help prevent vehicle accidents from occurring. Electrical systems keep our homes warm or cool and lines of communication open. Water and waste-water treatment facilities help ensure our water is safe to consume. Infrastructure is an important necessity when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy. It is essential to ensure citizens are provided basic health and safety measures, which many infrastructure systems are designed to do. Prioritizing their existence and maintenance is essential in protecting residents.
Beautification. Imagine if we didn’t have wastewater treatment facilities, weed and pest control, or garbage services? These everyday systems contribute significantly to proper infrastructure and they are critical in not just the health and safety of a city or town, as mentioned above, but in the aesthetic look and feel of a place. Residents want to live in a community they’re proud of and can enjoy. From park maintenance and litter control, to building renovations and new construction, infrastructure plays a critical role in the beautification of an area helping to establish a place people enjoy living and working.
Access to Amenities. Residents are less likely to establish in an area that doesn’t provide essential services. Access to amenities, afforded by proper infrastructure, means your business or family has the opportunity to live and grow. Without that opportunity, many will look to raise their family or open their business elsewhere. Ensuring infrastructure supports basic amenities like schools, transportation, healthcare, parks, and health centers contributes to a community’s quality of life, making it a place worth living.
Healthy infrastructure provides benefits that go beyond this list; it is a vital part of a successful society and one worth attention. If you’re looking for a system to help prioritize your infrastructure projects, consider a Capital Improvements Plan.
Reach out to WLC today! Our team has provided services on hundreds of infrastructure projects and has extensive experience working with state government and municipalities as well as private developers. Learn more about how our services support infrastructure here.