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Forum in Charleston: National & Local Leaders Call for Infrastructure Investment

Building America’s Future’s Educational Fund held a policy forum in Charleston, SC focused on the importance of smart infrastructure investment as a way to maintain America’s economic competitiveness and to enhance our quality of life. The forum was in partnership with Mayor Joe Riley’s office, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Associated General Contractors of America and featured local and national elected officials and industry leaders.

 

 

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WCIV TV: Secretary of Transportation discusses projects in Lowcountry
An outcry to Congress, to save Lowcountry roads and waterways. Local leaders met with the nation's secretary of transportation Wednesday in Charleston, making yet another request for federal cash. Aging infrastructure, roads in need of repairs and a port in need of improvement; all in a state needing financial help. 

Post & Courier: U.S. infrastructure called key
Local officials and business leaders want to see the federal government spend more on infrastructure -- roads, bridges, rail lines, water systems and the like -- saying that America is falling behind other nations, and infrastructure improvements would create jobs. 

Charleston Business Journal: Transportation secretary: America, state can recover through building
Identifying infrastructure needs and finding creative ways to fund them are keys to future success for the nation and state, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today at a policy forum in Charleston. “Americans can still build great things, not in spite of economic challenges, but as a means to overcome them,” LaHood said.

The Trucker: Transportation Department launches 'Buy America' Webpage
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday unveiled a new Department of Transportation “Buy America” webpage that he said would help American businesses reap the full benefits of the Obama administration’s investments in transportation infrastructure. 

WCSC TV: "Building America's Future": Not funding infrastructure will cost jobs, lives
In the last 50 years, highway traffic in this country has increased 150% but the capacity to carry cars and trucks has only increased 3%, so our highways are not keeping up with growth. Building America's Future says that's just one part of our infrastructure that's falling behind. Members like Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, were in Charleston on Tuesday, promoting infrastructure spending. 

Post & Courier: Riley: Projects need federal backing
Charleston area officials and business leaders want to see the federal government spend more on infrastructure -- roads, bridges, rail lines, water systems and the like -- saying that America is falling behind other nations, and infrastructure improvements would create jobs. On Tuesday, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley joined Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and several business executives at the Charleston Maritime Center to press their case in advance of a forum today in Charleston that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will attend. 

Associated Press: Rendell says nation needs infrastructure bank
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says the U.S. needs an infrastructure bank like that in South Carolina to help pay for billions in road, waterway, dam and other needs nationwide. Rendell was in Charleston on Tuesday, speaking on behalf of Building America's Future, the bipartisan group he formed with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Post & Courier: Riley announces 2011 mayoral bid
...At an unrelated event Tuesday afternoon with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, to press the case for more federal spending on infrastructure, Rendell joked about how long Riley has been in office. "When I was mayor of Philadelphia, Joe was mayor of Charleston," Rendell said. "When Ben Franklin was governor of Pennsylvania, Joe was mayor of Charleston." Rendell went on to say that Riley is regarded as one of the nation's best mayors. 

Charleston City Paper: 98 Mayors Say Dig Charleston Harbor
…On Tuesday, Riley will be holding a press conference at the Charleston Maritime Center with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and CEOs from United Infrastructure Group and Roper St. Francis Healthcare. The event was organized by Building America's Future Educational Fund, a national nonprofit that advocates for infrastructure investment. The focus will be on Charleston's economic competitiveness, particularly looking at the port, regional transportation (likely passenger rail), and Crosstown flooding.