Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment

May 10, 2018
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography

“The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s time to build.”

That’s the message conveyed by countless American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and others during Infrastructure Week 2018, May 14-21. According to recent polls, over 80 percent of Americans think that Congress should act to invest in infrastructure.

ASCE has actively participated in Infrastructure Week’s Steering Committee, a diverse and bipartisan coalition working to improve the state of America’s infrastructure. Of note, ASCE is the only traditional engineering group in the coalition – we are joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, and other powerful allies who recognize that infrastructure is a top priority for our country. Now in its sixth year, the Society continues to support the nationwide mission to raise awareness for the need to maintain and modernize our roads, bridges, water systems, airports, ports, energy grid, and more.

The need for infrastructure development is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Our country’s history is built on engineered marvels, from transportation to clean water access. It’s the backbone of our economy and essential to our quality of life. As engineers and stewards of the nation’s infrastructure, we must do our part to reinforce this call to action.

During Infrastructure Week, businesses and individuals around the country will participate in all manner of Infrastructure Week activities, from a summit at the Port of New Orleans to a tour of the freight corridor in St. Louis. Our ASCE California members, as they’ve done for over 10 years, will once again participate in a Hill Day in Sacramento to advocate for infrastructure investment.

I encourage you to join your fellow ASCE members and get involved during Infrastructure Week. There is still time to join the movement as an affiliate and plan an event. Start by hosting an infrastructure field trip or lunch-and-learn or initiate a workshop with the assistance of ASCE staff. Or, simply share your infrastructure story. Announce a resolution, publish a blog, or engage the next generation through social media and use the hashtag #TimeToBuild. Infrastructure Week’s 2018 Toolkit will help spark ideas to ensure you get the word out effectively.

It’s time to stand up for infrastructure. Together, our voices can make the case for investment in a competitive, prosperous, and safe future. To keep up with Infrastructure Week activities, view the 2018 calendar for a growing list of events across the nation.

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