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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2010

PRESS CONTACT: Steven Chlapecka - schlapecka@ppionline.org, T: 202.525.3931

FORUM TO INTRODUCE NEW PROPOSALS ON REBUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE AND CREATING JOBS

PPI and CG/LA Infrastructure Will Bring Together Leading Thinkers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Just weeks after President Obama announced a major infrastructure initiative, the Progressive Policy Institute and CG/LA Infrastructure will bring together leading thinkers from the public and private sectors at the 2nd Annual North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, September 29-October 1.

The forum will highlight the "top 100" strategic infrastructure projects and new PPI proposals for using public dollars to leverage private investment to create jobs and spur economic growth.

"This forum is emerging as the premier showcase for the kinds of strategic infrastructure investments we need to speed economic recovery and raise America's game in global competition," said Will Marshall, president of PPI. "Our goal is to challenge the nation's political leaders to embrace a bolder strategy for retooling the American economy, lest we fall farther behind in the race for high-speed rail, clean cars, next-generation nuclear energy and other growing markets."

Featured speakers include: Tom Friedman, New York Times Columnist; Senator Mark Warner, (D-Va.); Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, (D-Conn.); Leo Hindery Jr., Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners VII; Joe Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak; Congressman Dan Lipinski, (D-Ill.); Mark Reagan, Chairman, Global Construction Practice, Marsh Inc.; John Woolard, CEO, Brightsource Energy; Chris Bertram, Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation; Terence M. O'Sullivan, President, LIUNA; 
Ev Ehrlich, President, ESC Company; and more.

The three-day conference will also bring together more than 500 leading executives to showcase major proposed infrastructure projects across the continent.

MEDIA COVERAGE: The event is open to the press.  Media wishing to attend should contact Steven Chlapecka at 202.525.3931 or schlapecka@ppionline.org.

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The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century. Through policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.



For further questions, please contact Steven Chlapecka at schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931 (office), 202.556.1752 (cell).

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