Coastal Smart Growth Home: Getting Started: Fix It First


Fixing Current Infrastructure or a fix it first policy prioritizes investments to maintain or upgrade existing infrastructure (e.g., roads, water and sewer lines, public buildings), rather than spending funds on construction or installation of new infrastructure.

How to Get Started

Fixing It First: Targeting Infrastructure Investments To Improve State Economies And Invigorate Existing Communities

A National Governors Association Center for Best Practices issue brief describing what the policy is, why it works, and providing examples of how it was implemented in several states.

State Policy Package: Fix-it-First Policy for Water and Sewer Infrastructure

Restoring Prosperity developed a guide and analysis of water and sewer infrastructure fix-it-first policies. This how-to guide describes what the policy is and how it works, looks at economic, environmental, and equity issues, political strategies, and communications needs for state advocates, and provides case examples.

Fix It First, Expand It Second, Reward It Third: A New Strategy for America's Highways

A Brookings Institution paper by Matthew E. Kahn and David M. Levinson for the Hamilton Project. The paper describes the subject as it relates to road infrastructure, including sections on benefits and costs, and metrics for judging existing road infrastructure quality.