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Rural Infrastructure President Trump’s newly announced infrastructure plan gives some priority to rural areas by making them an early beneficiary of the funding match. A boost to rural broadband service is mentioned as a priority. Skeptics argue that the proposed federal portion cannot attract the 7.5:1 ratio of state/local/private funding for each federal dollar offered, although that is in line with other federal work share projects. The White House also plans the concurrent first guideline revisions in four years to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with the goal of creating a single agency environmental signoff for projects within two years of being proposed. Current NEPA assessments take three to five years and can dr...

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Weighing in on strategic realignment

WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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