The 9th annual United for Infrastructure: A Week to Champion America's Infrastructure took place May 10-14th, 2021. While the name has been rebranded, the mission has remained the same. The Week continues to be an opportunity to educate policymakers, the media and general public about the critical importance of infrastructure to our nation's economic competitiveness and quality of life. As a proud member of United for Infrastructure's Steering Committee, Building America's Future has played an important role in shaping the theme and message of the Week.
The COVID-19 pandemic upended the world as we knew it and brough the U.S. economy to a screeching halt, profoundly shaping certain industries. Among the hardest hit were the nation's airports, whose employees worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for travelers despite steep and sustained losses in revenue and traffic. Even as we begin to see the end of the pandemic in sight, airports across the country are rapidly seeking to adapt to the new normal, requiring vast changes to the way they service the traveling public.
BAF partnered with Airports Council International - North America to host a virtual event titled Runways to Economic Growth and Opportunity that provided a brief overview of the state of America's infrastructure and then a conversation about the path forward focusing on the passenger experience as well as critical cargo movement. BAF Co-Chair Ed Rendell was joined by ACI-NA President & CEO Kevin Burke, San Diego International Airport President & CEO Kim Becker and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport President & CEO Dave Edwards for an hour of engaging conversation.
BAF Co-Chair was the guest on the STAFFER podcast where he talked about his career path starting as a teacher and culminating as the nation's 16th Transportation Secretary. The podcast is available here.
BAF Board Member Kerry O'Hare posted a blog entry with her thoughts on the future of transportation coming out of the pandemic. The blog post is here.
BAF Board Chair Marcia Hale participated in a panel discussion on the Value of Infrastructure that was hosted by the Global Infrastructure Investor Association. The conversation focused on how more political and community support for infrastructure could be achieved if proponents put the focus on the value that infrastructure provides to the economy and communities.