... The funding needed to address aging and obsolete infrastructure, as well as improvements to provide adequate mobility for people and goods, far outstrips what is available at the federal, state and local levels.
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) May 14, 2018
As the sixth annual national Infrastructure Week, May 14-21, launches in Washington, D.C., HNTB Corporation joined key leaders from American business, labor and government to support the critical role infrastructure plays in America’s economy and prosperity.
Today, Rob Slimp, HNTB Chairman and CEO, joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and other infrastructure experts at a kick-off event at Union Station in Washington, D.C. They discussed urban and rural infrastructure systems; business competitiveness and jobs; tech innovation and smart infrastructure; resilience and planning for the future; and funding and finance at the federal, state and local levels. Slimp provided opening remarks for the event.
“There is strong and growing bipartisan agreement that infrastructure is an issue that must be addressed now. However, the funding needed to address aging and obsolete infrastructure, as well as improvements to provide adequate mobility for people and goods, far outstrips what is available at the federal, state and local levels,” Slimp said in his remarks from the podium. “Those of us who have made our careers in the infrastructure industry know what we need to do. We need the means to do it. That means we need a long-term sustainable funding plan for infrastructure that includes investments at the federal, state and local levels, along with the private sector.”
HNTB continues as a founding sponsor of Infrastructure Week, a position it has held since the event’s inception six years ago. In addition to Slimp’s opening remarks, firm leaders will take part in other IWeek events across the country in an effort to highlight the critical importance of a well-funded, well-maintained U.S. transportation network. Kimberly Slaughter, HNTB transit/rail market sector leader and senior vice president, is moderating a session today at Infrastructure Week Atlanta. In New Orleans, John Basilica, Jr., HNTB Gulf Coast district leader and vice president, will participate on a panel at the Infrastructure Week Southeast Summit to discuss funding and finance. Later in the week, at the Transportation Breakfast on Capitol Hill, HNTB will demonstrate a virtual reality experience of traveling on a high-speed train in California.
According to organizers, Infrastructure Week convenes a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders and everyday citizens around one message in 2018: Americans are waiting. The future won’t. It’s #TimeToBuild. Each year during IWeek, leaders and citizens around America highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, telecoms and more – and the projects, technologies and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous and safe.
A bipartisan steering committee and over 300 affiliates host events, drive media attention, and educate stakeholders and policymakers about the critical importance of infrastructure to America’s economic competitiveness, security and job creation and the impact on daily lives of every American.
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.