Lead with Infrastructure

Setting the Transportation and Infrastructure Agenda for 2021

Almost exactly a year ago we sat down with President Biden, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, and other presidential candidates at our candidate forum on infrastructure to discuss their visions for rebuilding America’s transportation, water, broadband systems and more. Much has changed in 12 months: a new president and a shift of power in congress, we’re entering the second year of a global pandemic, and grappling with an unprecedented economic crisis. Leadership on infrastructure – and leveraging infrastructure as leadership opportunity – has never been more important.

In this program, we start with former Transportation Secretaries Ray LaHood and Rodney Slater, who shared lessons in leadership and setting the agenda in the early days of an administration. We then turned to members of United for Infrastructure’s Steering Committee for a discussion on the priorities that business and labor hold for movement on infrastructure in 2021, and the prospects for a bipartisan approach to leadership on this issue.

Fireside Chat: Perspectives on Leadership in the Office of the Secretary 

  • The Honorable Raymond LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Obama 1st Term)
  • The Honorable Rodney Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Clinton 2nd Term)

Panel: A conversation on infrastructure priorities in 2021 with members of the United for Infrastructure Steering Committee 

  • Emily Feenstra, Managing Director, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Edward Mortimer, Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Greg Regan, Secretary-Treasurer, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Matthew Sonnesyn, Vice President, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment, Business Roundtable

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