Members of Congress, Business, Labor, Civic Leaders to Convene in Washington on National Infrastructure Plan

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America 2050 Forum -- Rebuilding and Renewing America: Toward a 21st Century Infrastructure Investment Plan – aims to set framework

Rebuilding and Renewing America: Toward a 21st Century Infrastructure Investment Plan, a one-day event May 9 in Washington, D.C. sponsored by America 2050, a joint venture of the Regional Plan Association and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, will bring together infrastructure, environment, and labor experts from across the nation to develop a strategy to upgrade, enhance, and maintain our vital transportation, water, and energy infrastructure systems in order to allow the United States to remain competitive in the global economy, address climate change, and sustain a rapidly growing population. The event is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  •     Plenary Panel: Members of Congress to discuss their visions for a national infrastructure plan
  •      Keynote Speakers:

o    Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation to describe the role of philanthropy for this new plan;
o    Thomas J. Donahue of the US Chamber of Commerce to discuss business case for national infrastructure plan
o    Governor Ed Rendell to address the need for a national infrastructure plan

SPEAKERS:

  •     Robert D. Yaro, President Regional Plan Association and America 2050
  •     Armando Carbonell, Senior Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  •     Hon Earl Blumenauer, US House of Representatives (D-OR)
  •     Hon Ed Rendell, Governor, State of Pennsylvania
  •     Hon. Jim Oberstar, Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, US House of Representatives (D-MN)*
  •     Hon Tom Petri, US House of Representatives (R-WI)
  •     Hon Chris Shays, US House of Representatives (R-CT)
  •     Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  •     Thomas Donahue, President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce

*invite pending

*by video

WHEN:
Friday, May 9, 2008, 8:00AM – 3:30PM

WHERE:
The Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC

ALL MEDIA MUST BE REGISTERED AND CREDENTIALED
For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Freedman: (212) 751-3326, jf @ groupsjr.com
Erica Annon: (212) 751-3415, eannon @ groupsjr.com

AGENDA: 8:00AM – 3:30PM

  •     8:00 AM         Continental Breakfast
  •     8:45 AM         Welcome and Opening Remarks
  •     10:00 AM        Plenary Panel: Envisioning a National Infrastructure Plan for the

21st Century

  •     11:15 AM        Breakout Roundtables
  •     12:30 AM        Keynote Luncheon Program
  •     2:00PM            Closing Plenary Panel Discussion: Enhancing "Triple Bottom Line":

A Strategic Investment Framework for America's Growth

  •     3:30                 Adjourn

WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

  •     Envisioning a National Infrastructure Plan for the 21st Century: Moderated by Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post, Congressmen debate the need for national legislation to improve America's infrastructure and remain competitive in the 21 st century. Panelists include: Hon. Tom Petri, United States House of Representatives (R-WI); Hon. Johnny Isakson, United States Senate (R-GA); Hon. Christopher Shays, United States House of Representatives (R-CT); Hon. Earl Blumenauer, United States House of Representatives (D-OR)
  •     Advancing a Strategic Decision Making Framework for Equitable, Sustainable, Economic Growth: Moderated by Armando Carbonell, Chairman, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, panelists discuss the economic, ecological, and social impacts, or triple bottom line, of infrastructure planning.
  •     The Business Case for National Infrastructure Investment: Thomas J. Donahue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce will discuss how a national infrastructure plan can improve the U.S. economy and keep it competitive in the era of globalization.
  •     Philanthropy's Role: The Building Blocks for a New Plan: Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation will discuss the political and logistical obstacles to developing a national infrastructure plan and the role Philanthropy can play.

The event is sponsored by America 2050 , a joint venture of the Regional Plan Association , the nation's oldest independent metropolitan planning group, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. America 2050 is a national initiative to develop a framework for America's future growth and development in face of rapid population growth, demographic change and infrastructure needs in the 21st century. A major focus of America 2050 is the emergence of megaregions - large networks of metropolitan areas, where most of the projected population growth by mid-century will take place - and how to organize governance, infrastructure investments and land use planning at this new urban scale. Other co-sponsors are the Rockefeller Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and the Division of United States Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

CONTACT:
Anthony Flint
617-661-3016 x116
http://www.lincolninst.edu

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