In the biggest sign yet of the growing momentum behind ASCE’s infrastructure investment message, President Joe Biden delivered a powerful statement at the United for Infrastructure 2021 #LeadWithInfrastructure kickoff event, Monday afternoon, May 10.

"Let’s get to work. Not only building back better, but building back together,” Biden said during the virtual event.

“Now we have an opportunity to make truly transformational investments.”

ASCE is a long-time member of the United for Infrastructure steering committee, a diverse group of non-partisan organizations representing businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens.

Monday’s kickoff event also featured U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, former ASCE president Kristina Swallow, P.E., Pres.18.ASCE, director of the Nevada Department of Transportation and chair of ASCE’s 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, along with several other key policymakers and leaders.

Between the launch of the report card in March and President Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill, the American Jobs Plan, the path toward large-scale federal investment seems more imminent than it has in perhaps a generation.

“There really is no better time in our history to fund infrastructure,” said ASCE President Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE. “Our infrastructure needs to be upgraded. We need a boost to our economy and to our morale.

“The time is right to make a big difference to be remembered for a long time to come.”

As part of the United for Infrastructure 2021 series of events, ASCE is hosting two policy briefing webinars. The first was Monday afternoon – “Accelerating Sustainable, Resilience Infrastructure and How to Measure Success,” and included ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith.

A second webinar – “Stretching the Dollar: Asset Management as a Tool to Improve Resiliency” – is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 18.

Learn more and register for the webinar.

Learn more about United for Infrastructure 2021 and see the complete calendar of events.