May 11-17 marks the 2014 National Transportation Week. This year’s theme is Transportation – Moving the World into Tomorrow. President Obama issued a presidential proclamation for the event, highlighting the importance of infrastructure to our economy and national security. Here is an excerpt from his announcement:
“In today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure. A sound transportation system allows businesses to safely move their goods to market, and maintaining that system creates jobs upgrading ports, unclogging commutes, and repairing roads and rails. During National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, we underscore the importance of infrastructure to our economy, security, and way of life.”
The president goes on to discuss the importance of a long-term transportation bill when the current highway bill expires this September.
“This summer, the Congress will need to protect more than three million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills that provide at least four years of funding for extensive infrastructure repairs and investments.”
Read the full proclamation here.
Here are some other days worth noting this week:
Friday, May 16: National Defense Transportation Day
Saturday, May 17: Armed Forces Day
Thursday, May 22: National Maritime Day
In congruence with National Transportation Week, May 12-16 is also National Infrastructure Week, which brings several conferences and seminars to Washington, D.C. This week-long event is hosted by over a dozen business, labor and non-governmental organizations. The Council on Competitiveness issued a press release highlighting the upcoming week, with remarks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the OFII.
A full listing of events can be found at National Infrastructure Week’s website. Use the hashtag #RebuildRenew on Twitter to join the infrastructure conversation.
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