Washington D.C. – The American Public Works Association (APWA) urges Congress to enact job-generating investments in America’s infrastructure for the future of our nation and our recovering economy, as outlined in the President’s Congressional address last night.
“Investments in infrastructure create jobs and strengthen the economy,” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. “Putting people to work to repair our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure will make our economy more efficient and build the foundation for long-term and sustained economic growth. Although the details of the President’s proposal have not been released, the plan promotes job-creating investments in public infrastructure – all of which are important for economic growth, future competitiveness, and our communities’ quality of life,” said King.
For every $1 billion invested in public infrastructure – such as roads, bridges, public transportation, wastewater, drinking water, stormwater and solid waste removal systems – thousands of jobs for US workers are supported. Efficient, well-maintained infrastructure attracts businesses and industry and strengthens local economies.
Congressional passage of a job-generating transportation bill has been delayed for two years. “A quick passage of a multi-year surface transportation bill to repair and improve our roads, bridges and public transportation systems would be a major step to strengthen the economy and create jobs,” added King. “In addition, a renewed commitment to reinvesting in our aging and deteriorating water infrastructure will not only create jobs, but will protect the public health and the environment. The needs of our nation’s water infrastructure total hundreds of billions of dollars, but must be funded now to equip our communities responsibly and sustainably for the 21st Century,” King said.
The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.