LiDAR Funding Approved in Wisconsin

  1. Fourteen counties in Wisconsin are being notified that funding is approved for LiDAR collections.
  2. I am seeing a small but encouraging increase in project activity.
  3. With construction hard hit and our infrastructure in decay, why aren’t we priming the pump with infrastructure projects?

The Wisconsin State Cartographer’s office reported that on February 12th, the WI Department of Commerce started notifying 14 counties in southern Wisconsin that they will receive a total of approximately $3 million for LiDAR data acquisitions in 2010.

I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to see and hear a number of stories like this. In this case the funding is through the Community Block Grant program and is being targeted for those counties most affected by the devastating floods of 2008. I am not sure whether this would be considered part of the stimulus, but it doesn’t really matter as long as the projects are being funded.

I have also been hearing the “infrastructure” word in the sound bytes on the evening news. I still do not understand why the politicians in Washington, DC are not priming the pump with construction-related projects. This has worked since the days of the Great Depression, and there is no doubt that our infrastructure needs attention. Construction is one of the hardest hit industries worldwide. What am I missing?

I guess I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

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