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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure & Moving Back Into the Fast Lane

May 20, 2016

Infrastructure Week is underway across America – and Business Roundtable is driving the national conversation on rebuilding the backbone of America. 

As the CEOs of Business Roundtable made the case last year in Road to Growth: The Case for Investing in America's Transportation Infrastructure, the United States’ neglected, aging infrastructure is not only slowing the public – it’s acting as a drag on the entire U.S. economy.

In an op-ed published this week on The Hill, Jacqueline Hinman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CH2M and Chair of the Business Roundtable Infrastructure Committee, underscores why it’s time to get serious about rebuilding America’s infrastructure:

“It's getting harder to remember the time when America's roads, bridges and waterways set the world standard for first-rate infrastructure in the mid-20th century; when our public systems could be counted on for expeditious transport, premium water quality and treatment that improved our rivers and streams. At that time, we were in the fast lane. The U.S. economy was booming, with steady, robust infrastructure investment to keep these assets modern and safe.

“As that investment eroded, so did the state of our infrastructure, which has impaired public safety, and our very quality of life. The nation's economic stagnation points to the greater cost of our infrastructure shortcomings. Not only are we not getting our money's worth; we remain stuck in the slow lane. …

“As a nation, we possess the resources and options to turn this situation around –starting with a robust commitment to invest in our public infrastructure. …

“Let our national leaders know that it's time to say ‘yes’ to infrastructure investment. Summer is upon us, and we've been stuck in the slow lane for too long.”

You can read the full op-ed here, and hear more from Ms. Hinman here.

In a new video, AECOM Chairman and CEO Michael Burke shares why investing in America’s infrastructure should not only be a business priority – but also a national priority.

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