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US mayors play key part in Infrastructure Week

Mayors will discuss their city’s successes in addressing infrastructure needs and priorities

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US mayors come together to voice the need for more infrastructure investment
US mayors come together to voice the need for more infrastructure investment

On the heels of President Trump reaching 100 days in office, US Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Infrastructure Task Force Chair Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other mayoral leaders from across the country will add their voices to the need for additional infrastructure investment at events in the nation’s capital during Infrastructure Week, which runs from May 15-19.


The mayors of the nation are challenging Washington to accept the fact that Mayors work with the private sector and the federal government to build infrastructure projects from start to finish faster, with more cost efficiencies than State governments.


To prove the point, The US Conference of Mayors released today its On Task, On Time, On Budget report. The report features city infrastructure projects, including transportation, water, energy, ports and public buildings, citing their financial structures and the many benefits that resulted from them.


As a national infrastructure package is developed, this new report is intended to inform administration and congressional leaders on why more infrastructure dollars should be directed to mayors and other leaders who ensure that such projects are implemented more efficiently, with greater economic impact and timeliness.


Mayors participating in Infrastructure Week will discuss successes they have had in their own cities and regions in addressing important infrastructure needs and priorities, reminding federal policymakers that the federal government must continue to engage and invest with cities and other local leaders to preserve and expand the nation’s infrastructure.


Mayors will also be calling on administration leaders to advance an infrastructure plan that directs more funding to cities and their local areas, investments that will further fuel the nation’s metro economies (381 urbanised areas), which now account for 91 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product.


Mayor Cornett has commended President Trump for his decision to push forward a massive national infrastructure programme to meet the needs of the American people and pledged the mayors’ support to work with the administration on this common top priority.


He said: "The need for a national infrastructure plan is right before our eyes. Failing roads, bridges, transit systems, water and wastewater systems, stifle business growth, threaten our health and restrain our mobility. The Conference’s new report demonstrates the capacity of cities and local government to leverage private investment, spur economic growth, and develop communities -- all objectives of the President."


Mayor Garcetti, in his new role with the Conference, will be working with the Trump Administration and Congress on the development and passage of the major infrastructure package that President Trump campaigned on and has been promising since his election.


"Mayors are leading with a vision to build the future of communities across America," said Mayor Garcetti. "It is critical that the federal government cut red tape and continue with direct investment -- so that we can finish projects on time, deliver them on budget, and strengthen economic progress for the people of our cities."


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