Across the country, businesses, labor organizations and elected officials come together to spread the message that the nation must #RebuildBetter. United for Infrastructure 2020
is a week-long event that advocates for better infrastructure policy and greater investment from all levels of government. Quality, affordable infrastructure – from clean water and broadband internet to safe transportation and strong supply chains – has never been more important. This year’s theme, Rebuild Better, elevates the policies to ensure every American has the infrastructure they need, highlights the role of essential infrastructure workers amidst the pandemic, and opens a conversation about decisions of the past that perpetuated inequities in communities of color, what to do about i, and how to build resilient infrastructure that helps communities thrive in a changing climate.
Investing in infrastructure is consistently an issue that has strong bi-partisan support from voters, with more supporters wanting government action on infrastructure than almost any other issue. Yet national and local projects with implications for the national economy do not receive the funding they need, and state and local projects that depend, even partly, on federal funding, loans, permitting and new regulatory action haven’t broken ground. False starts, delayed starts, deferred maintenance and inadequate levels of investment put the nation’s infrastructure and its health, safety and economy at risk. Cities, counties, states and the private sector work hard but need a strong and reliable federal partner to get the job done.
Now in its eighth year, United for Infrastructure (formerly Infrastructure Week) unites diverse stakeholders to send one message to leaders in Washington and beyond. United for Infrastructure 2020 is led by a coalition of labor, business and policy organizations and joined by hundreds of affiliates nationwide. Programming draws attention to the need to make better policy and invest in our roads, rails, pipes, ports, wires, and more.
United for Infrastructure Executive Director Zach Schafer says: “We are thrilled that [your organization] has joined United for Infrastructure 2020. The state of America’s infrastructure is one of the nation’s most pressing issues. As the country falls deeper into a recession, we know that investing in infrastructure can play a crucial role in our recovery, creating both short-term and long-term jobs that support middle-class families and allow communities to thrive. When we invest in infrastructure, we invest in ourselves.”