InfrastructureOver 130 infrastructure stakeholders, congressional staffers, reporters, trade association executives, and industry representatives gathered in Washington, D.C., as AEM hosted the official kick-off reception for the 7th annual Infrastructure Week. The event, which was held at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill, featured two panel discussions, refreshments, networking, and a lot of buzz about that $2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal.

The first panel discussion, “The Future of the Federal, State and Local Infrastructure Partnerships”, was moderated by Brookings Institution Fellow Adie Tomer, and featured Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin and Vermeer President and CEO and AEM Director Jason Andringa. Tomer, Benjamin, and Andringa discussed why Congress should look at how state and local governments have successfully invested in and modernized their infrastructure.

Bloomberg Government transportation reporter Shaun Courtney moderated the second panel discussion – “Accelerating the Use of Technology in the Planning, Construction, and Operation of Infrastructure” – which featured U.S. Department of Transportation Counselor to the Deputy Secretary Ariel Wolfe and Trimble President and CEO and AEM CE Sector Board Chair Steve Berglund. Berglund and Wolfe covered everything from digital construction to federal interagency coordination, and even discussed the prospects for large scale infrastructure projects.

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to a sneak peak at photos from photographer and Instagrammer Brad Romano. Romano has traveled the country visiting AEM member companies. The pop-up exhibit gave guests a glimpse of some of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry. The project will be officially unveiled later this year.

This marked the fourth straight year that AEM has partnered with Infrastructure Week to lead the fight to rebuild and modernize America’s infrastructure. AEM continues to rally support in Washington for broad-based, jobs-creating investment in the expansion and modernization of infrastructure, including advocating for increased public and private funding. Earlier this year, AEM launched a national ad campaign (Start with US, Start with Infrastructure) urging Congress and President Trump to work together on a comprehensive and bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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