BrookingsJoin AEM next Thursday, April 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET for Rebuilding American Infrastructure for the 21st Century, a virtual event hosted by the Brookings Institution where notable experts, including AEM Infrastructure Vision 2050 Vice Chair Austin Ramirez, will discuss key components of a new affirmative vision for U.S. infrastructure, including fiscal health, resilience, workforce development, and digitization.

The event will also serve as the official release of a new, affirmative vision for U.S. infrastructure, which was made possible by funding from AEM. The report, developed by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, outlines a set of forward-looking national policy priorities to revitalize the infrastructure systems that move the American economy.

The virtual event will feature keynote remarks by the U.S. Senator Tom Carper, (D-Del.) Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and a panel of notable experts led by Austin Ramirez, CEO of Husco, and Vice Chair of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Task Force.

Ramirez will discuss how this new, affirmative vision will help equipment manufacturers respond to our country’s biggest challenges in ways that improve the quality of life for all Americans, reinforce our global economic standing, and protect our planet. The other panelists will offer their perspectives as well as reactions to the proposals shaping the national debate, including President Biden’s recently announced American Jobs Plan.

Joining Ramirez for the event’s panel discussion will be:

  • Chris Castro, Director, Office of Sustainability and Resilience City of Orlando
  • Debra Knopman, Principal Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Joseph W. Kane (Moderator), Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

In the event preview, The Brookings Institution describes the U.S. as needing “a renewed sense of purpose around — and a commitment to — cutting-edge transportation, water, energy, and telecommunications systems.”

AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 offers an optimistic vision for how to build a modern, sustainable, and equitable infrastructure for all Americans. Since 2014, this bold initiative has advanced a forward-looking vision for American infrastructure that will help us respond to our country’s biggest challenges in ways that improve the quality of life for all Americans, reinforce our global economic standing, and protect our planet. Today, under the leadership of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Task Force, the equipment manufacturing industry continues to drive the national conversation about the future of U.S. infrastructure.

Interested attendees can register for the event now and will be able to watch the virtual event on the Brookings Institution website.

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