America’s infrastructure is crumbling, inefficient and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs. Yet it is also one of the rare issues on which both political parties, the business and labor communities, and leaders from the White House to State Houses to City Halls, find common ground.
May 15-19 is Infrastructure Week, a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. Industry leaders and citizens around America will highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid and more – and encourage policymakers to invest.
Infrastructure Week was founded and is led by its Steering Committee – a bipartisan team that includes leading business groups, labor unions and think tanks working to improve America’s infrastructure. Specifically, the week is convened by the AFL-CIO, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Building America’s Future, Business Roundtable, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Value of Water Campaign.
“Our bipartisan Steering Committee and more than 150 affiliates will host events, drive media attention and educate stakeholders and policymakers on the critical importance of infrastructure to America’s economic competitiveness, security, job creation and in the daily lives of every American,” the organization said. “As a business, union, non-profit, government, or an individual who depends on infrastructure, you have an important story to tell. Find a way to participate and tell America that it is Time to Build.”
You can go to the organization’s website at www.infrastructureweek.org to find out more.