America’s leading organizations representing the full spectrum of business, labor, and public policy hosted Infrastructure Week from May 11-15, 2015. In its 3rd year, Infrastructure Week brought together thousands of stakeholders in Washington and around the country to highlight the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems, and the essential role infrastructure plays in our economy.
BAF is a member of the steering committee for Infrastructure Week 2015.
Infrastructure Week Launch: America on the Move: Investing in America’s Infrastructure
Monday, May 11, 8:30am to 12:00pm
Infrastructure Week 2015 officially kicked off on Monday, May 11 with leading voices from business, government, and academia. Looking past near-term legislative and regulatory challenges, participants shared their vision of what a 21st century infrastructure system means for American communities, companies, and competitiveness.
Financing 21st Century Infrastructure in the U.S.
Monday, May 11, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Many observers agree on the need for increased investment in America’s aging infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and airports. But, how to finance infrastructure investment presents an important policy challenge. As it stands, the main source of U.S. infrastructure financing at the federal level — the Highway Trust Fund — is predicted to become insolvent by August, underlining the need to implement innovative, long-term policy solutions.
On May 11, as part of Infrastructure Week, The Hamilton Project and Building America’s Future hosted a public forum discussing the challenges of U.S. infrastructure financing and potential policy solutions. In conjunction with this event, The Hamilton Project released a new paper by Roger Altman of Evercore, Alan Krueger of Princeton University, and Aaron Klein of the Bipartisan Policy Center that proposes a multi-pronged approach to increase investment in the nation’s infrastructure.
Featured speakers included:
- Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
- Robert Rubin, Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
- Edward Rendell, 45th Governor of Pennsylvania and Co-Chairman, Building America’s Future
- Congressman John Delaney, U.S. Representative, Maryland 6th District
- Roger Altman, Founder and Executive Chairman, Evercore
- Al Hunt, Bloomberg View Columnist
- Tyler Duvall, Principal, McKinsey and Company
- Alan Kreuger, Bundheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Infrastructure Day Advocacy Press Conference
Wednesday, May 13, 9:00am to 10:00am
Leaders from business, labor, and mayors of cities around America kicked off Infrastructure Advocacy Day with a press rally on Capitol Hill.
- The Honorable Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation and Co-Chair, Building America’s Future
- Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
- Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Laborer’s International Union of North America
- This event will be open to the public and press.
This event was hosted by the Infrastructure Week Steering Committee, comprised of:
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
- Building America’s Future
- National Association of Manufacturers
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Pittsburgh on the Move
Wednesday, May 13, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
The Pittsburgh region faces some daunting infrastructure challenges, with commerce depending on aging bridges and congested inland waterways. Yet, the region is also positioning itself as a transportation technology hub, developing innovations with the potential to transform and modernize our nation’s transportation network. Local and state leaders had a dynamic discussion on the major issues facing our region today and the most promising developments around the corner.
- Rendell cites Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh, urges improved infrastructure (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
- Rendell, Fitzgerald Help Launch National Campaign To Push Feds For More Transportation Funding (WESA)
- Former Pennsylvania governor slams Congress over Amtrak funding cuts (WTAE)
- Citing Amtrak Accident, Rendell Goes For Quick Passage Of Transportation Bill (CBS Pittsburgh)
- Rendell as lobbyist urges U.S. Congress to pass long-term transportation bill (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)