Rick Rybeck is director of Washington, D.C.-based Just Economics LLC, which he established in 2009 to assist communities in promoting job creation, affordable housing, transportation efficiency and sustainable economic development.
An attorney with a master's degree in real estate and urban development, he has worked on issues related to state and local government for over 25 years. Most recently, he spent 12 years as the deputy associate director for transportation policy and planning for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. Prior to that, Rybeck worked for Ralph Tabor and Associates, providing a Washington office for several urban counties.
He also performed research for the Center for Economic Alternatives into the causes and remedies for runaway inflation in housing prices. This resulted in the publication of "Meeting America's Housing Needs" by the Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies in 1982.
Much of our infrastructure is invisible to its users, and so are some of its costs. Those problems can be addressed in ways that can hold down the costs of infrastructure and make it more self-sustaining.