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Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)
“The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a unique non-partisan, non-profit partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S. AAM brings together a select group of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers. Our mission is to promote creative policy solutions on priorities such as international trade, energy security, health care, retirement security, currency manipulation, and other issues of mutual concern.”

America 2050
“America 2050 is a national initiative [in collaboration with Regional Plan Association] to meet the infrastructure, economic development and environmental challenges of the nation as we prepare to add about 130 million additional Americans by the year 2050. America 2050 is guided by the National Committee for America 2050, a coalition of regional planners, scholars, and policy-makers to develop a framework for the nation’s future growth.”

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
“The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is the voice for transportation and catalyst for organizational and technical excellence…AASHTO advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods.”

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
“The mission of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, is to improve the lives of our members and their families, to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations, to strengthen the institutions in which we work, to improve the quality of the services we provide, to bring together all members to assist and support one another and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom in our union, in our nation and throughout the world.”

American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA)
“The American High Speed Rail Alliance is a U.S.-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization whose mission is to advocate for the development and implementation of a high speed passenger rail network in the United States. The Alliance is focused on and solely dedicated to creating and sustaining energy-efficient and environmentally friendly high speed rail systems in the United States.”

American Planning Association (APA)
“The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change…Through its National Infrastructure Investment Task Force, the American Planning Association is working to engage members, APA components, and our allies and partners in a national conversation about how to address our infrastructure crisis and increase investment in building communities of lasting value.”

American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
“APTA is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 member organizations including public transportation systems; planning, design, construction and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; and state associations and departments of transportation…APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.”

American Society of Civil Engineers
“Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 147,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life. Comprised of Regional Councils, Younger Member Councils, Sections, Branches, Student Chapters and Clubs and International Student Groups, the Society and its volunteers are fully engaged in making this a better world by design.”

Blueprint America
“Blueprint America on PBS reports on the country’s next infrastructure system and, at the same time, the state of the current system: From transportation — car, bus, light rail, train and plane — to the water supply to the energy grid to city development and planning. In documentaries and news segments, Blueprint America — with other programs such as NOW on PBS, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Exposé on Bill Moyers Journal, Worldfocus and Public Radio — looks at how rebuilding America’s infrastructure can rebuild the struggling economy and reshape the national landscape.”

Building America’s Future (BAF)

“Building America’s Future (BAF) is a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life. Founded in January 2008 by Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, BAF boasts a politically diverse membership of state and local elected officials from across the nation.”

“Cities21 researches and advocates reduced driving, smart growth, new mobility, PRT [Personal Rapid Transit], and behavior change. Cities21 has created a number of advanced concepts that all work together to create “efficient cities.” Efficient cities lower the cost of living, cut driving in half to protect the climate, make places more vibrant, improve local government finances, enable more biking/walking to improve health, increase happiness by increasing social connections, and reduce land consumption at the fringe of civilization.”

Donnell-Kay Foundation
“The Donnell-Kay Foundation improves public education and drives systemic school reform in Colorado through solid research, creative dialogue and critical thinking. In order to build a strong future for Colorado, we must provide a high quality education for all our students. The Foundation focuses on funding systemic reform and state level policy in the areas of early childhood, K-12, and higher education.”

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
“Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems…Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems.”

Green For All
“Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

HNTB Corporation
“Founded in 1914, HNTB has built a reputation for excellence and innovation in the transportation industry by designing movable bridges, the first modern turnpike and a significant portion of the U.S. interstate system. HNTB is a multidisciplinary firm known and respected for our work in transportation, bridges, aviation, architecture, urban design and planning, environmental engineering, water and construction services.”

Interstate Traveler Company (ITC)
“Our mission is to mass produce the least expensive and most universal form of public conduit to move people via maglev technology, and simultaneously provide structural conduit for the distribution of electricity, potable water, liquid waste, fiber optics, hydrogen, oxygen, and where applicable, other liquid and vapor based fuels. By partnership with the State and Federal governments, we intend to expand our business to include an International Sales Organization to supply light rail systems and utility conduits to municipalities world wide.”

Labor/ Community Strategy Center

“The Strategy Center is a Think Tank/Act Tank for regional, national and international movement building, founded in 1989 and based in the 10 million-person world city of Los Angeles. Our campaigns, projects, and publications are rooted in working class communities of color, and address the totality of urban life with a particular focus on civil rights, environmental justice, public health, global warming, and the criminal legal system.”

Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA)

“Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA) is dedicated to promote and address issues that effect the quality of life on Long Island…Since 1968, LIMBA has been Long Island’s catalyst for transportation and economic improvement, sponsoring weekly forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials, as well as providing leadership in advancing new projects. Presently LIMBA is championing the cause of Maglev. If this highly efficient system is adopted, it will preclude the need for short haul air transport.”

Maglev 2000
“Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) is a new mode of transport, in which high speed vehicles are magnetically levitated and propelled along elevated guideways. Maglev can transport passengers and freight over long distances at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour. Maglev promises to be a major mode of transport in the 21st Century, even more important than autos, trucks and airplanes. Maglev 2000 is developing and implementing this new mode of transport.”

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA)

“The Waterfront Alliance works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them clean and accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work, with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all…From the paddlers of the Sebago Canoe Club on Jamaica Bay to the International Shippers of the New York Shipping Association, over 300 organizations dedicated to a healthy, shared and vibrant harbor make up the Waterfront Alliance.”

NACE International

“Built upon decades of knowledge and expertise from dedicated members all around the world, NACE International is involved in every industry and area of corrosion prevention and control, from chemical processing and water systems, to transportation and infrastructure protection. NACE International is the leader in the corrosion engineering and science community, and is recognized around the world as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions.”

National Environmental Services Center (NESC)
“NESC assists small and rural communities with their drinking water, wastewater, environmental training, infrastructure resilience, and utility management needs and helps them find solutions to problems they face. Our staff of environmental specialists, engineers, certified operators, writers, editors, and trainers understand the latest technologies, regulations, and industry developments. NESC is based at West Virginia University (WVU), one of the nation’s major research institutions.”

New York Building Congress (NYBC)
“The New York Building Congress…is committed to promoting the growth and success of the construction industry in New York City and its environs. The Building Congress provides a unique forum to advance an industry-wide agenda focusing on economic and infrastructure investment, job creation and professional exchange. These goals require the dedicated involvement and cooperation of the contractors, architects, engineers, unions, real estate managers, developers and owners who comprise the building community.”

“PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.® PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels.”

Public Agenda
For over 30 years, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975.

Regional Plan Association (RPA)
“Regional Plan Association (RPA) is an independent, not-for-profit regional planning organization that improves the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning, and advocacy.For more than 80 years, RPA has been shaping transportation systems, protecting open spaces, and promoting better community design for the region’s continued growth.”

Rudin Center for Transportation & Policy Management
“The Center works with public, private and non-profit partners in supporting innovative research, convening thinkers and policy-makers from around the region and the world, and training students and leaders in the field. It seeks to focus attention on the linkages between transportation policy and other critical regional and national issues such as housing, economic development, energy security, health care, and education.”

Street Films
“Streetfilms is the video arm of the Livable Streets Initiative: producing educational, entertaining, and inspiring films for a sustainable urban environment. Our short, on-line videos on topics such as bus rapid transit in Bogota, Colombia, neighborhood traffic-calming in Portland, Oregon, and bike lane design in Copenhagen, Denmark have been viewed more than half a million times and used to support advocacy projects in communities from Toronto to Tasmania.”

Transportation for America
“Transportation for America is a growing and diverse coalition focused on creating a national transportation program that will take America into the 21st century by building a modernized infrastructure and healthy communities where people can live, work and play.
We have formed a broad coalition of real estate, housing, environmental, public health, equity, business, transportation and other organizations that seek to align our national, state, and local transportation policies with an array of issues: economic opportunity, climate change, energy security, health, housing and community development. We believe a new national vision will play a key role in strengthening the foundation of our nation.

Transportation Equity Network (TEN)
“The Transportation Equity Network is a national grassroots organization that fights for transportation equity. We organize to transform federal transportation and mass transit policy and funding to address the needs of the poor, the working class, the middle class, and people of color in regard to jobs, mass transit, and growth that is smart and equitable.”

Urban Land Institute (ULI)
“The mission of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Founded in 1936, the institute now has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.


ASCE Report Card for America’s Civil Infrastructure

American Society of Civil Engineers
“Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 147,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life. Comprised of Regional Councils, Younger Member Councils, Sections, Branches, Student Chapters and Clubs and International Student Groups, the Society and its volunteers are fully engaged in making this a better world by design.”

ASCE Report Card

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