This past year has been a pivotal one for the future of infrastructure in the Americas region. While the state of the global economy and financial markets have been suffering, investment in infrastructure is seen as a panacea for stimulating growth, encouraging private and public sectors to work together, and bringing new investment opportunities to the forefront.
Amongst all of the changes facing infrastructure, there are overarching themes that remain the same. Much of the Americas region is still suffering from inadequate or poor-quality infrastructure. Developing nations such as Mexico and Brazil are experiencing a shortfall of infrastructure given their economies’ rapid growth, while countries such as Canada and the United States have deteriorating infrastructure that needs to be maintained. Demographic trends also point toward an increasing usage of infrastructure facilities and services. Rapid rates of population growth and urbanization mean that new