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Concurrent Roundtables on Cross-Border Infrastructure Challenges in the Great Lakes Megaregion: Transportation

Freight congestion, aging bridges, insufficient mass transit, brownouts, soaring energy costs, flooding, and polluted waters – all news in recent years, and all partially the results of continued strain on our nation's infrastructure. At the same time, the need for an economic stimulus is greater than ever. The presidential election in November 2008 gives us a fresh opportunity to set a new agenda for infrastructure investment in the Great Lakes megaregion to revive the flagging economy and to compete globally.

During this all-day symposium, Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council and New York's Regional work to identify and prioritize strategic investments in transportation, water, and energy to be included in a national infrastructure plan, authorization of a new surface transportation bill, pending climate change legislation, and implementation of the Great Lakes Compact.

This recording includes a roundtable that focuses on transportation issues in the Great Lakes megaregion; participants include:
*Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics
* Michael McLaughlin, Deputy Chief of Staff for Federal Affairs, Chicago Transit Authority
* Maureen McAvey, Executive VP, Infrastructure Initiatives, Urban Land Institute
* Ilana Preuss, Director of Campaign Partnerships, T 4 America
* Rob Puentes, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
* Moderator: Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050
Also recorded as part of this symposium:

* Concurrent Roundtables on Cross-Border Infrastructure Challenges in the Great Lakes Megaregion: Energy

* Rebuilding & Renewing America: MPOs in the Great Lakes Megaregion

* Rebuilding and Renewing America: Report out from the Roundtables and Closing Remarks


Recorded Monday, November 17, 2008 at Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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