Surdna Foundation

Targeting Inclusive Development: A Value Chain Approach to Sewer Infrastructure Investment

This report by Duke CGGC was sponsored by the Surdna Foundation to investigate how six local governments within the United States (Cleveland, OH; Louisville, KY; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA) investing in water infrastructure have successfully incorporated targeted businesses in capital improvements, while also identifying which segments of the value chain have the highest levels of opportunity for these businesses.

U.S. Manufacture of Rail Vehicles for Intercity Passenger Rail and Urban Transit: A Value Chain Analysis

This research was prepared by Duke on behalf of the Apollo Alliance with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and Surdna Foundation to help inform the Apollo Alliance’s Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan by mapping out the U.S. value chain for manufacturing rail cars and parts for passenger trains. The report identifies a healthy domestic supply base of 249 U.S. manufacturing locations across 35 states, but also identifies gaps in domestic capabilities and areas in which U.S.-based firms should pursue higher-value activities such as design, engineering and systems integration.

Marcy Lowe gave a presentation (linked below) “Passenger and Transit Rail Vehicles: The U.S. Supply Chain” on May 4, 2010, at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference held in May in Washington, D.C. The conference was dedicated to transforming ideas into action and building a revitalized, green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming, and preserves America’s economic and environmental security.

ProgressiveRailroading.com published an article regarding the study on June 25, 2010, “Passenger rail-car supply industry has growth potential.”