Infrastructure Week 2018
Infrastructure Week is a national week of events; media coverage; and education and issue advocacy to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting America's economy, society, security and future. Visit www.infrastructureweek.org to learn more.
The Future of Mobility
Building America’s Future (BAF) joined the Greater Washington Partnership today for a dialogue with experts who are shaping the future of mobility in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond. BAF Co-Chair and Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood offered opening remarks, urging Congress to pass a significant infrastructure bill this year. Marcia Hale, President of BAF, moderated the discussion that followed, as panelists called for the private and public sector to be united and consistent in our priorities.
American Public Transportation Association Legislative Conference
Today, BAF Co-chair Governor Ed Rendell spoke to more than 500 public transit leaders at APTA’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. During his remarks, Governor Rendell spoke about the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure, saying, “When you pay for infrastructure, you are not spending money. You are investing.”
New Democrat Coalition Lays out Infrastructure Priorities
On January 31, BAF president Marcia Hale joined The New Democrat Coalition 21st Century Infrastructure Task Force, speaking at a press conference in front of the Capitol with Reps. John Delaney, Jim Himes, Elizabeth Esty, Stacey Plaskett, and Norma Torres. Together they outlined infrastructure priorities for 2018. The event emphasized that any new proposal must include new revenue, new financing, new funding, regulatory streamlining, and it must encourage life-cycle funding in infrastructure projects that are built to last.
Governor Ed Rendell Visits Denver
BAF Co-chair, Governor Ed Rendell visited Denver and addressed the urgent need for a long-term infrastructure plan.
Problem Sovers Caucus Meeting
Today, Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials, met with the Problem Solvers Caucus to discuss the importance and urgency of investing in infrastructure. BAF’s Co-chairs, Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, emphasized that our Congressional leaders and the Administration must work together across the aisle to produce a long-term and robustly funded plan to build resilient infrastructure that meets the demands of current and future generations.
Bloomberg Government NEXT Infrastructure
On June 21, 2017, Bloomberg Government hosted a conversation on the latest innovations for America’s infrastructure. Federal, city and industry leaders came together to discuss the nation’s infrastructure priorities, including funding, connectivity and sustainability, as well as how we can focus our infrastructure efforts to improve America’s competitiveness in the world.
Airport Investment: The Key to America’s Competitiveness
On May 15, 2017, the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) hosted Building America’s Future and Airports Council International – North America, along with numerous members of the Philadelphia Congressional delegation, to kick off the fifth annual Infrastructure Week. In a press conference and behind-the-scenes airfield tour of PHL, a group of bipartisan voices called for robust infrastructure investment that includes a significant funding component for airports.
Rebuilding America: A New Infrastructure Agenda
POLITICO’s Rebuilding America: A New Infrastructure Agenda event brought together infrastructure experts and elected officials on April 24, 2017. The discussion focused on the prospects for a major national infrastructure push from the new administration and Congress. BAF President Marcia Hale and the other panelists explored the challenges and opportunities ensuring our transportation system can support an evolving 21st century economy.
Infrastructure Modernization: A US-Canada Conversation
On March 29, 2017, The Hill convened key officials from the United States and Canada, infrastructure experts and industry leaders for a policy briefing on infrastructure reform and finding solutions that will work for all communities. Because the economies of the United States and Canada are so integrated, the event facilitated a discussion about how the two countries can collaborate on infrastructure issues, what challenges they might confront and what lessons they can learn from each other.
ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Release
On March 9, 2017, BAF Co-Chair Ed Rendell spoke at the release event of the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Governor Rendell spoke on the panel along with CEO of Marlin Steel Wire Drew Greenblatt and CEO and General Manager of DC Water George Hawkins about our nation's need to prioritize investing in infrastructure. Governor Rendell said, "The key is investment. There's no getting around it...
Infrastructure: The Road Ahead
In light of President Trump’s promise to rebuild America’s highways, railways, bridges, airports and pipelines, the Washington Post brought industry experts and policymakers together on March 8, 2017 to examine what is needed to modernize the nation’s transportation and infrastructure. Topics covered included how different approaches will impact job creation, funding options and the resources we need to modernize our country’s infrastructure. BAF Co-Chair and Former U.S.