“Infrastructure: The framework of interdependent networks and systems comprising identifiable industries, institutions (including people and procedures), and distribution capabilities that provide a reliable flow of products and services essential to the defense and economic security of the United States, the smooth functioning of governments at all levels, and society as a whole.” — Report of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, 1997
A secure infrastructure is the cornerstone of economic vitality. The visible impact of strong infrastructure can be seen at every turn, as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving over roads, through tunnels, and under and over bridges on the commute to work; barreling down an airport runway on a departing flight; flipping on a light switch or washing dishes in the sink; receiving treatment at a hospital after utilizing an emergency response system – these are all important ways we count on a solid infrastructure to support us, every day.
Public works are so intertwined in the fabric of our society, we hardly notice them or recognize the influence a strong infrastructure has on the community. For a business, infrastructure is a necessary component in the import and export of goods and the delivery of services. Water, electricity, and sewer are required to develop new products, maintain a workforce, and carry out essential duties.
Our town has invested millions into the foundation of Mansfield for the comfort and prosperity of its residents and business partners. Here are just some of the ways investments have been allocated to bolster Mansfield’s infrastructure:
- Ideally located at the intersection of Interstates I-95 and I-495
- Town-owned and operated electric service
- Fast and reliable fiber-optic network
- Ample water and sewer capacity
- Public Bus System
- MBTA Commuter Rail
- Municipal Airport
- Construction of the Mansfield Municipal Complex to house the police, fire, and DPW departments
In a nation where infrastructure needs immense progress to function properly for future generations, Mansfield, as a municipality, is allotting ample funds to maintain its transportation system and other public works. On March 3rd, the United States received a mediocre “C-“ Infrastructure rating on the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), up slightly from its “D+” rating in 2017. The ASCE estimates that it would cost $5.94 trillion to bring the nation’s infrastructure to a level of good repair by 2029. Drinking water systems need approximately $434 billion in additional funding, while schools need at least $380 billion to fill the nationwide annual funding gap for public school facilities. When relocating, consider if the infrastructure of the location will help your business grow today and into the future.
To see Mansfield’s infrastructure at work, connect with our Town Hall for additional information.