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Archive for the ‘Guests on The Infra Blog’ Category

Conversations with infrastructure experts and stakeholders from around the U.S.

Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Richard Hanna

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Congressman Richard Hanna

Congressman Richard Hanna was re-elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to represent the 22nd District of New York in the United States House of Representatives. Representative Hanna serves on three key committees for the 114th Congress, including the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on which he is the senior New York Republican.

“People with the job that I have and the other people here have to have a vision of their own. We have to value transportation, value intermodal works and everything along with it. It’s our job to get out there and say, ‘Damn it, this is important.’”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013.

“We just appreciate all the efforts to educate folks and to help folks understand that they can play a role in moving America forward. One of the biggest problems we have in infrastructure right now is how to pay for it, and when you start peeling the onion back it gets back to whether the public is actually going to support and get behind efforts to actually pay for what we need. Part of what we’re doing is trying to educate people and connect the dots so that they see that these investments that happen at the federal level aren’t some kind of smoke and mirrors. It’s stuff that actually helps them on the ground.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: James Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, Indiana

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first six-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

“To those folks that suggest that we can’t afford infrastructure, what more basic function of government is there than to make sure people can get from place to place, and commerce can get from place to place? If we don’t do that, the economy is never going to get better.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sustainability – Americas, Siemens Corporation

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Alison Taylor, Siemens Corporation

Alison Taylor is Vice President, Sustainability-Americas at Siemens Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for driving the sustainability program for the Americas and acting as a resource for sustainability initiatives across Siemens’ business sectors.

“Rather than fixing a short-term problem, or addressing a crisis, or repairing a problem that may have occurred, let’s say, after a major storm or mother-nature event, sustainability is about a more long-term view. Will we be able to count on that infrastructure many years in the future? How will it serve the public? How will it serve the needs of the city?”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Authority

Therese McMillan is currently the Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She joined FTA as Deputy Administrator on July 2, 2009. As Deputy, McMillan assisted the Administrator in leading a staff of more than 500 in the Washington D.C. headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the United States, and implementing an annual budget approximating $10 billion.

“The economic impact of transit investments has different faces…First, it should be recognized that any time you are building and repairing transit services, that in and of itself is creating jobs in the near term. Another thing, though, that’s important to think about in terms of economic impact, is the ability of transit to connect people to their jobs, and often to connect them in a more efficient and effective way than being caught in traffic and congestion.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO, Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Mike Elmendorf, AGC NYS

Mike Elmendorf was named President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS), New York’s leading construction industry association, in February 2011.

“…there has been a number of bank settlements and other circumstances that have resulted in literally billions of dollars of found money arriving at the state treasury, and the result of that is that you’ve got a unique, really probably once in a lifetime opportunity to use those billions of dollars to make long-term significant investments in improving our infrastructure.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Kevin DeGood is the Director of Infrastructure Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on how highway, transit, aviation, and maritime policy affect America’s global competitiveness, access to opportunity for diverse communities, and environmental sustainability.

“To a certain extent we’re victims of our own success…For all of its problems, we have still a fundamentally sound and fantastic transportation system. Again, none of that means that we don’t need investment. None of that means that there aren’t real challenges, because there certainly are and that’s what we’ve dedicated ourselves to trying to solve.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Robyn Boerstling, Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Robyn Boerstling, NAM, on The Infra Blog

Robyn M. Boerstling joined the National Association of Manufacturers in April 2008 as the Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy. Robyn helps direct the NAM’s transportation advocacy agenda and works on legislative and coalition efforts that seek to repair and modernize the nation’s infrastructure.

“I think citizen engagement is absolutely critical and that’s one of the reasons why this issue is so important to our members. We also don’t just talk about issues at the NAM, we get our members engaged in talking on the Hill about the significance of these things.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President of Policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Jacky Grimshaw on The Infra Blog

Jacky Grimshaw joined CNT in 1992 and has since developed its capacity to engage in public policy advocacy, transportation research, public participation tool development, GIS mapping, and community economic development.

“Sometimes the bottom up is the only way to move those folks up there at the top…I think part of the challenge is to always try and help people see how they can make a difference, how they can get the elected officials to behave differently so that we really get these problems solved.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Aaron M. Renn, Urban Affairs Analyst and Founder of The Urbanophile

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Aaron M. Renn on The Infra Blog

Aaron M. Renn is The Urbanophile, an opinion-leading urban affairs analyst, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in the 21st century.

“Fundamentally, we have to take a hard look in the mirror and realize that, to some extent, the systems that we have in place in America are a reflection of the values of the people who live here…The public needs to take a look in the mirror and say this is what we’ve chosen as a society.”

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