At the end of World War II, President Dwight Eisenhower and other American leaders undertook a massive program of infrastructure investment that enabled a half-century of national growth, job creation, and enhanced security that undergirded the rapid economic advancements of the second half of the twentieth century. Since that moment, however, the United States has failed to maintain those assets. Today, America’s aging foundation is not only failing to live up to the challenges that the country faces, but is a serious liability in a highly-connected world.
But that can change. Just as President Eisenhower and the greatest generation ensured economic growth through modernization, the conditions today are ripe for us to make the critical investments from which the United States will continue reap benefits for decades to come.
Carnegie’s Bernard L. Schwartz Program in Competitiveness and Growth Policies convened a group of bipartisan leaders from the federal government—both the legislative and executive branches—as well as prominent mayors and governors, corporate executives, and experts from academia and think tanks. Together, they explored practical means for addressing the nation’s infrastructure crisis while building a foundation for future American economic strength.
William J. Burns gave the opening remarks at the American Job Creation and Infrastructure Forum.
Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel discussed American job creation and infrastructure.
A special focus of this panel was on how shifting perspectives on financing can reframe the issue and make big results much more achievable.
Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about American job creation and infrastructure.
Vice President Joseph Biden spoke about American job creation and infrastructure.
The day’s final panel was an exercise in putting their infrastructure solutions into practice in the current political climate.
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