I'd like to invite you to attend the 2nd Annual North America Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum, September 29-October 1 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, sponsored by CG/LA Infrastructure in partnership with the Progressive Policy Institute. Download the full schedule.
Less than a month after President Obama laid out a plan for $50 billion in U.S. infrastructure investment, the forum will provide a showcase for the big capital projects we need to jumpstart U.S. economic growth and competitiveness and will bring together leading thinkers from the public and private sector to discuss making smart infrastructure investment a reality. Let me highlight three events that I think you, as a PPI friend and supporter, would be particularly interested in:
On Wednesday, September 29, from 9-10:30 a.m., PPI will get things rolling with a forum entitled, Keeping America on Track: the Future of High Speed Rail. If you want to learn why America is lagging behind Europe, Japan and China in the race for high speed rail, this discussion is for you.
On Thursday, September 30, I'll be honored to introduce Senator Mark Warner, who will address the conference on the theme of "Competitiveness Through Innovation."
Friday, October 1, PPI will present two high-level roundtable discussions. The first, linking infrastructure to the larger challenge of retooling the American economy for growth and global competition, will feature Tom Friedman, author and New York Times Columnist; Terry O'Sullivan, General President of the Laborers' International Union; John Woolard, CEO of BrightSource Energy, a leading U.S. solar power company; and, the moderator, David Wessel, economics editor of the Wall Street Journal.
The second roundtable, on choosing the right projects and financing them, will feature U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, author of a leading infrastructure bank bill; Leo Hindery, a prominent business leader and investor; Chris Bertram, Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Ev Erlich, a former Under Secretary of Commerce who is one of the prime architects of an infrastructure bank. Download the full schedule.
President Obama recently announced a new $50 billion infrastructure initiative. We believe an even bolder push to modernize America's infrastructure is crucial to speed the pace of economic recovery in the short-term, and ensure that our country can compete in emerging global markets for high speed rail, clean cars, low-carbon energy, including nuclear power, a smart grid, next generation air traffic control, and more. The stakes are enormous, and I hope you can join us for these timely discussions.
I hope to see you this week and look forward to adding your voice to this critical debate. Please RSVP by email or call 202.775.0105 to speak with Lindsay Mark Lewis if you have any questions.
President, Progressive Policy Institute