By Kerry O’Hare, Vice President and Director of Policy, Building America’s Future
June 6, 2017
Now that Infrastructure Week 2017 is in the rearview window, let’s take a look back on some significant messages, events and coverage that took place May 15-19. Whether it was in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles or Salt Lake City, the message of it’s #TimeToBuild resonated. Here are some top line highlights from the Week:
- 300 affiliate organizations participated – a 100% increase over 2016
- More than 100 events nationwide – a 50% increase over 2016
- More than 177 million impressions on social media – a 100% increase over 2016
- Over 1,500 letters written to Congress
- Participation by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (3 events), and other leaders from the White House and U.S. Department of Transportation
- More than a dozen mayors participated in Washington, D.C.
- More than 30 Members of Congress participated in events
- Hundreds of Congressional offices visited by I-Week affiliated fly-ins
- Four Congressional hearings held and three major infrastructure bills announced
As a member of Infrastructure Week’s Steering Committee, Building America’s Future co-hosted the opening event on May 15 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The event featured an all-star lineup of speakers including: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue, Laborers’ International Union of North America General President Terry O’Sullivan, and CEOS from HNTB, AECOM, WSP USA, and Siemens USA.
Also on May 15, BAF partnered with Philadelphia International Airport and the Airports Council International – North America to host a press conference and media tour of Philadelphia International Airport’s recently completed, ongoing and still needed capital projects. The event also highlighted the nearly $100 billion in capital needs over the next five years facing America’s airports.
In the days leading up to and all throughout the Week, BAF Co-Chairs Ed Rendell and Ray LaHood participated in numerous television, radio and print media interviews to promote the importance of smart and strategic infrastructure investments and that it’s #TimeToBuild.
We are pleased that President Trump has chosen to use his bully pulpit this week to continue to highlight America’s vast and varied infrastructure needs. We hope that this effort will result in the introduction of a robust and long-term infrastructure plan that can be acted on by Congress in the coming months. Clearly, there is no better #TimeToBuild than now.