Political, Business, Labor, and Philanthropic Leaders Convene to address America's Infrastructure Challenge


Washington D.C. - On May 9th, America 2050 convened leaders in the business, civic, labor and philanthropic communities with members of Congress and the Governor of Pennsylvania to address the need for a 21st century infrastructure investment plan to rebuild and renew the nation's aging infrastructure and respond to the challenges of the 21st century. 


The event featured discussions on the topics of water, energy and transportation infrastructure and keynote addresses by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Governor Ed Rendell, Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, and Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 


Opening remarks and morning plenary featured remarks by Philippa Strum, Robert Yaro, Terence O'Sullivan, Gov. Rendell, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Rosa DeLauro, Tom Petri and Christopher Shays.

Watch the opening remarks and morning plenary panel.

Watch Judith Rodin's keynote address. 

Watch Tom Donohue's keynote address.

The Energy Roundtable featured Bob Baugh, Daniel Braun, Mark S. Dodson, Michael Exchart, Joseph P. Oates, and was moderated by Richard T. Thigpen. 

Watch the energy roundtable.


The Water Roundtable featured Steve Allbee, Sally Collins, Betsy Otto, Kevin L. Shafer and was moderated by Albert Appleton.

Watch the water roundtable.

Closing Plenary panel featured Jonathan Rose, Armando Carbonell, Bob Baugh, Al Appleton, and Mort Downey.

Watch the closing plenary panel. 

Over 130 participants gathered for the day-long event at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Division of United States Studies.  For additional information on the event, click here.

Download a copy of the briefing book.

View a slideshow of the event on Flickr.

Read the proposed legislation, H.R. 5976, to create a U.S. Commision on Rebuilding America for the 21st Century


Photos: Carol Powers