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Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure—assigning a cumulative grade of D to the nation’s infrastructure and noting a five-year investment need of $2.2 trillion from all levels of government and the private sector.

For its part, New Jersey posted a C-minus, yet both roads and bridges received a barely passing D. This is bad news for the real estate community, which relies on adequate public services such as roads, bridges, sewer systems and energy to ensure a project’s success. What’s more, it is virtually impossible for any business sector or community to succeed without the right infrastructure in place, says Jonathan Miller, partner and co-owner of Miller Ryan LLC in New York City, and author of the Urban Land Institute’s 2009 infrastructure report, done in conjunction with Ernst & Young. He also authored ULI and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ just-released Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011 report.

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