Infrastructure Week is a national week of high-profile events, media coverage, focused advocacy and other efforts around the country to build momentum for revitalization of America’s economic competitiveness through rebuilding American infrastructure.
For many of us, infrastructure creates a sort of cognitive dissonance: we don’t often think about it, but we all use it, and we certainly notice when it fails. But because of their significant role in managing, funding and maintaining much of our nation’s infrastructure, city leaders often think about infrastructure a great deal.
In fact, NLC’s 2015 Survey of State Municipal Leagues revealed that leagues and their member cities identify maintaining existing or building new infrastructure as the most critical issue concerning cities’ economic vitality and quality of life. Survey respondents also identified transportation as the top issue with which cities need federal leadership and involvement. Responses underscored the importance of increasing investment in local infrastructure, and affirmed that that only way this can happen is if Congress passes a new infrastructure bill that promotes the local role in this decision-making process.
From roads, bridges and public transportation to water and telecommunications, NLC understands that infrastructure forms the backbone of cities, and that’s why we will be actively participating in Infrastructure Week (May 11-15) this year as an affiliate. Now in its third year, Infrastructure Week is led by several organizations from the business, labor and public policy sectors (Building America’s Future, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Institution, National Association of Manufacturers, AFL-CIO, and the American Society of Civil Engineers). This week’s events will convene stakeholders in Washington, D.C. and around the country to discuss and advocate for the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems, and the essential role infrastructure plays in our economy.
NLC will host and co-host several events:
Monday, May 11, 1:30-4:00 pm ET
Solving the Infrastructure Crisis Through Public-Private Partnerships: If you’re near Washington, D.C., join NLC for this primer on public-private partnerships (P3s), which will give you replicable examples of success.
Tuesday, May 12
Congressional Briefing: NLC and other state and local government associations will host a Congressional briefing focused on transportation funding. Check out our Facebook page for a recap!
Wednesday, May 13, All Day
Infrastructure Virtual Advocacy Day: As NLC leaders and our allies converge on Capitol Hill, join us from home to tell Congress to fix the transportation funding crisis. Sign up now to take part – you only need five minutes!
Thursday, May 12, 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Webinar – Exploring Local Broadband Initiatives: We’re offering a free webinar exclusively to our members that focuses on how city officials can leverage their position to increase broadband access.
Friday, May 15, 2:00-3:15 pm ET
Webinar – Innovative Approaches to Infrastructure Funding: Hear about solutions to fund transportation projects in this free webinar.
NLC will publish a number of blog entries over the next couple of days further exploring all things infrastructure, examining the roles of city, state and federal partners, and detailing opportunities to engage in these important events and discussions. Revisit NLC’s CitiesSpeak blog this week for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or would like to learn more.
About the Author: Nicole DuPuis is the Senior Associate for Infrastructure in NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research. Follow Nicole on Twitter at @nicolemdupuis.