Welcome to United for Infrastructure 2020! If this was a normal year, we’d be with you at more than 100 events around America. But this isn’t a normal year, so while we can’t be together in person, we’re still bringing you dozens of (virtual) events this week highlighting the need – and what countless leaders and workers and communities are doing – to #RebuildBetter.
#RebuildBetter means taking in what we've learned about our infrastructure and our society in 2020 - from battling the pandemic and its economic fallout to confronting systemic racism and inequality to battling hurricanes and wildfires and preparing for a digital future. We know it's simply not enough to build our way out of this. We have to rebuild. Better.
Join us throughout the week to hear from leading thinkers and frontline workers helping to understand and build that infrastructure future. Join us in celebrating the essential workers who have kept us going through the COVID crisis, the leaders fighting to repair and build the next generation of infrastructure, and all of you—the policymakers, advocates, business leaders, union members, and more who work tirelessly to help America #RebuildBetter.
But, we know there's even more work to be done. From stalled bills on Capitol Hill and upcoming local ballot initiatives, to getting existing infrastructure back to a state of good repair groundbreakings on the projects that will help us rebuild better, infrastructure is essential to our economic recovery, building more resilient communities, and addressing inequalities that still divide us. In our own small way, United for Infrastructure is excited to spend this week discussing these issues and more, starting with #REBUILDBETTER: The United for Infrastructure 2020 Kickoff Event.
Event: #RebuildBetter: The United for Infrastructure 2020 Kickoff Event
12:00PM ET: #RebuildBetter: The United for Infrastructure 2020 Kickoff Event! Join us for a series of conversations with leaders from across the country working to Rebuild Better, including:
- Larry Hogan – Governor of Maryland and Immediate Past Chair, National Governors Association
- Senator John Barrasso - Chairman, Senate EPW
- Eric Garcetti – Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
- Andy Berke – Mayor of Chattanooga, TN
- Thomas J. Donohue – CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- James Callahan – General President, International Union of Operating Engineers
- Brendan Bechtel – Chairman and CEO, Bechtel and Chair, Business Roundtable Infrastructure Committee
- Lou Cornell – CEO, WSP USA
- Roger Millar – Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation and Board Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
- Leslie Richards – General Manager, Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA)
- Barbara Humpton – President and CEO, Siemens USA
- Randi Weingarten – President, American Federation of Teachers
- Steve Morriss – President, Americas, AECOM
- Gary Moore – Judge-Executive, Boone County, KY and President, National Association of Counties
- Mami Hara – General Manager and CEO, Seattle Public Works
- Tom Smith – Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
- Kimberly Slaughter – SVP, Senior National Transit Practice Consultant, HNTB and Chair, APTA COVID-19 Leadership Taskforce
- And more!
Lecture: Eisenhower and Infrastructure
6:30PM ET: Eisenhower Heritage Lecture: The Grand Plan - President Eisenhower’s Work with Congress to Create Freedom of Movement Across the USA, featuring:
- The Hon. Ray LaHood – 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S Representative
- The Hon. Michael Huerta – Former Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
- Mr. Jeff Davis – Scholar and Senior Fellow with the Eno Center for Transportation
- The Hon. Jane Campbell – President and CEO, United States Capitol Historical Society