Last week’s blog discussed the value of putting ASCE’s “Failure to Act” economic report in a local context. The report is a great opportunity to get the message out at the state, regional and community level about the value of investing in transportation infrastructure.
The report clearly shows that we are at a fork in the road; it paints a picture of a very different America in the next 10 to 30 years – and it’s not a pretty picture. If investments in surface transportation aren’t made, families will have a lower standard of living, businesses will be paying more and producing less, and our nation will lose ground in the global economy.
However, the report does tell us what we need to do to go from transportation deficient to transportation sufficient. So what can you do? ASCE has many resources and tools to help you learn more specifically about the issues and make the case. With as little as five or 10 minutes, you can make a difference! Among the options:
• Reach out to your legislators and urge them to support infrastructure investment.
• Join ASCE’s Key Contact Program; it helps make contacting legislators easier.
• Post a comment on a news site or blog calling attention to the report’s findings.
• Write a brief article with a local angle for the opinion page of your local newspaper.
• Visit ASCE’s online community for updates and inspiration:
o Learn about infrastructure concerns in your state.
o Check out the blog Save America’s Infrastructure, by our Government Relations team.
o Join our “Save America’s Infrastructure” Facebook group.
o Follow ASCE Government Relations on Twitter.
o Visit ASCE’s Government Relations YouTube channel.
These are but a few of the many ways that you can feel empowered to spread the word.
Visit here for more information about the report. Also, please feel free to contact me at for resources such as a sample letter to the editor and blog post, fact sheet and Web site resources to help promote the report and ASCE.
ASCE is here to supply you with information and resources, but it’s up to you to utilize them.
Do you think you can use the Failure to Act report to raise awareness in your community?
What media venue do you think would be the most effective place to share the message of the report in your community – radio, print, blogs or other social media?
Audrey Caldwell – Senior Manager, Corporate Communications