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September 28, 2010

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


Deputy Director Jason Furman Joins Roundtable Discussion on American Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jason Furman, deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, will join the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) for a roundtable discussion at the Washington Hilton at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 as part of the 2nd Annual North American Strategic Infrastructure Forum. The discussion will focus on jobs, innovation and retooling the American economy for growth and global competition.

The roundtable will feature panelists New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman, LIUNA General President Terence M. O'Sullivan and BrightSource Energy CEO John Woolard. It will be moderated by Wall Street Journal Economics Editor David Wessel.

"Furman's participation underlines the forum as the premier showcase of strategic infrastructure investments needed to speed economic recovery and raise America's game in global competition," said Will Marshall, president of PPI. "We hope to challenge the nation's political leaders to embrace a bolder strategy for retooling the American economy through crucial infrastructure projects like high-speed rail, clean cars and next-generation nuclear energy."

Throughout the three-day conference, the Progressive Policy Institute and CG/LA Infrastructure will bring together leading thinkers from the public and private sectors in order to move North America's most important projects forward, creating as many as six million new direct jobs.

Other featured speakers include: U.S. Senator Mark Warner, (D-Va.); U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, (D-Conn.); Leo Hindery Jr., Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners VII; Joe Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak; U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski, (D-Ill.); Mark Reagan, Chairman, Global Construction Practice, Marsh Inc.; Chris Bertram, Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation; Ev Ehrlich, President, ESC Company; and more.

WHERE: Washington HiltonColumbia Hall 5 & 7, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: 9 - 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1

Download the entire day's schedule.

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.

To RSVP for this event, click here.

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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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