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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: Erica Brennes, Video Marketing Manager, moovel US, and Co-Creator of Transit Trends

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Erica Brennes on The Infra Blog

“I think we keep the show so that it could be interesting for my mom to watch, but also can still be interesting for someone who is in the industry to watch, because we know—and I know, as a former traffic anchor—people love to talk about transportation. They love to talk about traffic. If you check out some of the comments, it’s a place for people go to talk about these various topics and for us to engage in either our users or our clients or industry experts or…students. So it’s a platform for people to engage in this conversation and learn about what’s trending in transportation.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Norma Jean Mattei, 2017 President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Norma Jean Mattei on The Infra Blog

“I think one of the problems is we have gotten into the habit of just waiting until things break, and when you have many sectors at a “D,” it just takes one major event to shut something down and have something fail. And then we throw a lot of money at it. But that’s not a wise way of handling things, because when you’re dealing with a disaster, you’re throwing four times the money at what is now broken, instead of maintaining something in a condition that’s at least average condition.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Mike Toohey, President and CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Mike Toohey on The Infra Blog

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is the only organization that advocates for a modern, efficient and well-maintained system of inland waterways infrastructure. WCI educates policy-makers in the national’s capital and around the nation, in the news media, and the general public about the waterways systems’ critical importance. With aging locks and dams built in the 1920s and during […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Charlene Wheeless, Principal Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Bechtel Corporation

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Charlene Wheeless, Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel is very supportive, obviously, of the need to improve our infrastructure and we’re really pleased that there’s ongoing dialogue about the need to update our infrastructure and to take action. So that’s very exciting for us as a company, but also for us as citizens.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Karen Horting, CAE, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers

Karen Horting, CAE, is the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers, a position she has held since Dec. 31, 2013. With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Horting was most recently the SWE deputy executive director. In this capacity, she was responsible for all fund-development […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Kurt Nagle, AAPA, on The Infra Blog

“…The activity that goes around seaports accounts for over a quarter of our U.S. economy, the GDP, so it’s an absolutely vital, critical piece of our economy. It accounts for over 23 million jobs and also, importantly, in these kind of tight fiscal times, that activity generates over $320 billion a year in local, state and federal tax revenue that hopefully then can also be utilized to strengthen and rebuild and modernize that infrastructure that allows for that activity.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: John Kissinger, President and CEO, GRAEF-USA, Inc.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
John Kissinger on The Infra Blog

“I think as engineers sometimes things just seem very logical—this would seem very logical to take care of this infrastructure that there was such a large investment in to begin with—but there are a lot of emotional and political reasons why that doesn’t happen, and they tend to get discounted. I think the people who are interested in improving infrastructure need to understand that, and try to respond to that rather than dismiss it as illogical or something along those lines.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Ed Mortimer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“I think it’s the first time in recent history that we’ve seen two presidential candidates talk about the infrastructure needs and willingness to address the infrastructure funding deficit…So we really feel like the public is starting to get more engaged, starting to understand that we do have infrastructure needs around the country and are willing to come to the table to have serious discussions to figure out how to solve these problems.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Gregory Wetstone on The Infra Blog

“We’re at a point now where, with more than $44 billion last year, aggregate investment in the U.S. in renewable energy is over $370 billion…In a lot of the developed world, renewables are the biggest single infrastructure investment that’s going on. You’re actually seeing more spent on renewables than on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges, which is a pretty big surprise.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Sergio Pecori, P.E., Chairman and CEO, Hanson Professional Services Inc. and Chair-Elect, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Sergio Pecori on The Infra Blog

…I think that the public and government officials feel as though infrastructure isn’t as critical as it used to be back 20, 25 years ago…They’ll put up with defects in the pavement, they’ll put up with bridge deterioration, where before, and in other countries, transportation is expected to be in very good condition…And here I think we have a new normal. The expectation has really decreased, and there’s a new normal that the expectations are lower.

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