AEM ignites discussion on future of infrastructureA fast start followed by a year of non-stop programming drove AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 to success in 2016.

Launch efforts included the release of its Mobility 2050 report, a multi-layered external communication effort, and the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, a crowdsourced, incentivized competition to solicit groundbreaking solutions to pressing infrastructure challenges in the United States.

Three marquee events with elected officials, policymakers, private industry and academics – on Capitol Hill, at Northwestern University and at Iowa State University – positioned AEM and equipment manufacturers as the primary convener for discussions being had and plans being made about the future of United States infrastructure.

In total, approximately 300 stakeholders attended these events, which featured prominent infrastructure thought leaders such as Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Congressman Garret Graves, Illinois Secretary of Transportation Randy Blankenhorn, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The three events explored infrastructure trends and opportunities important to improving personal mobility, utility infrastructure, freight transportation and rural infrastructure.

Also under the Infrastructure Vision 2050 umbrella, AEM conducted a national poll to gain a better understanding of how the general public views United States infrastructure, both in the present day as well as in terms of future trends.

The national poll was externally leveraged shortly after the national party conventions, providing food for thought for both the Presidential campaign platforms as well as registered voters. The poll earned the attention of several major news outlets such as The Atlantic, Politico, Bloomberg BNA and The Hill.

The year concluded with the final submission deadline for the initiative’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, which has generated over 35 robust proposals for what transportation systems will look like and how they will operate in the future.

Five finalists from these proposals will be showcased within the Tech Experience at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and final cash prizes will be awarded during a live judging event at the show featuring high-level thought leaders in the policy, business, entrepreneurial and academic arenas. The Challenge has also been profiled in outlets such as Directions Magazine, Industry Today, and Innovations and Technology

In 2017, the initiative will focus on building upon the momentum generated in 2016 by continuing a robust calendar of events, press outreach and high-level meetings to unite stakeholders and policymakers in the new administration and Congress under a common goal to achieve a long-term, national vision for United States infrastructure. 

For more information about the Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative, please contact campaign director Kate Fox Wood in AEM’s Washington, D.C., office (, tel: 202-898-9064).