APWA joins ASCE in co-sponsoring four Infrastructure Town Hall meetings

APWA and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) co-sponsored four Infrastructure Town Hall meetings this year to raise awareness about the economic importance of public infrastructure and to present national and local infrastructure needs, as documented by ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure.

"America's Infrastructure: Rebuilding Our Economic Backbone" was the theme of the four meetings, which were held in New Orleans, Chicago, Portland, OR, and New York City from late January through early March.

ASCE's Report Card assigned the nation's infrastructure a D+ grade in 2001. Late last year, ASCE released the 2003 Progress Report: An Update to the 2001 Report Card, showing that infrastructure trends have shown no appreciable improvement in two years. The update cites a five-year $1.6 trillion investment gap, which grew from $1.3 trillion documented in 2001.

Both reports evaluated the nation's roads, bridges, transit, aviation, schools, drinking water, wastewater, dams, solid waste, hazardous waste, navigable waterways and energy. APWA is one of more than 25 national organizations that endorsed the 2003 Progress Report.

The Infrastructure Town Hall meetings included panelists representing ASCE, APWA, and state and local agencies.

Larry Lux, member of the APWA Board of Directors, talks about the economic importance of well-maintained, adequately funded public infrastructure. Lux represented APWA in Chicago on February 13 at the second of four Infrastructure Town Hall meetings co-sponsored by APWA and ASCE. More than 200 people attended the Chicago event.