Issue Spotlight: Southwestern Pennsylvania Infrastructure Primer - September 2011 Update

In January 2009, the Institute of Politics Infrastructure Committee released an infrastructure primer with the goal of providing occasional updates as new information about sectors becomes available. The September 2011 update includes information about how the Marcellus Shale is affecting infrastructure in Southwestern PA.

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The Institute of Politics, as a non-partisan organization, seeks to provide a listing of policy-oriented websites.  The views expressed in these websites do not reflect those of the University of Pittsburgh or the Institute of Politics and are included as educational resources only.

Allegheny Conference on Community Development

The Bipartisan Policy Center
Founded in 2007, the Bipartisan Policy Center works with former elected and appointed officials, along with business leaders and academics from all points along the political spectrum, to craft policy solutions to national issues.

The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution, one of Washington's oldest think tanks, is an independent, non-partisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy.

The Cato Institute
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Non-partisan research organization and policy institute with an emphasis on government policy and programs affecting low and moderate income people.

Claremont Institute
The mission of the Claremont Institute is to restore the principles of the American Founding Fathers to their rightful, preeminent authority.

Eagleton Institute of Politics
A respected education, research and public service unit of Rutgers University.

Economic Policy Institute
Non-partisan think tank that seeks to broaden public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Education Policy & Leadership Center
The work of this Pennsylvania-based center focuses on education policy, education leadership, and education advocacy.      

Health Policy Institute
HPI's analytical and educational activities improve the quality of both public health policies and private sector health care governance and management decisions in the region.  Thus, from its inception HPI's mission has been to enhance health in the Pittsburgh region by improving the policies and other decisions that influence health.

Heartland Institute
An independent source of research and commentary, not affiliated with any political party, business, or foundation.

Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Historic Pittsburgh
A digital library project making rare books and documents on the history of the Greater Pittsburgh Area accessible to a global audience.

Institute for Women's Policy Research
A public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families.

The Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies
Conducts research on public policy issues of special concern to African-Americans.

The Kaiser Family Foundation
A unique information source on the web for policymakers, journalists and the health care community -- inside and outside the beltway.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
A policy research organization designed to build the capacity of state and local governments to make informed decisions by providing critical data and analysis about fiscal issues, education, health and human services, public workforce, and disaster recovery.

The Pew Center on the States
The Pew Center on the States conducts research on a variety of issue areas for the purpose of informing state policymakers.

Political Information
A search engine for politics, policy and political news.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Non-partisan organization with a goal to link social science research to advocacy work in order to successfully address problems at the intersection of race & poverty.

Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense System to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information.
Home on the web of the 25-year old Non-partisan Public Agenda organization, offers summaries of varied views to help voters clarify and inform their own opinions.

RAND Corporation
For more than 50 years, decisionmakers in the public and private sectors have turned to the RAND Corporation for objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the nation and the world.

Rock the Vote
Online since 1996, site of the 10 year old youth orientated voter awareness group, commonly associated with cable network MTV.

Sustainable Pittsburgh
The mission of SP is to affect decision-making in the Pittsburgh region so that it integrates economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality. We do so by building diverse coalitions, developing measurable new indicators as a compass, and undertaking key initiatives. In all of our work we emphasize long term and sustained quality of life for all citizen.    

The Urban Institute
A non-profit and non-partisan policy research organization in Washington, D.C.
A nonpartisan, state-by-state voting and election guide provided by the League of Women Voters.

Women in Politics - Bibliographic Database
Provides bibliographic references to books, reports, and journal articles on all aspects of women's participation in political life worldwide.

Youthvote Coalition
Largest non-partisan coalition committed to encouraging civic participation among the nations young people.

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