Great Lakes Chambers Deliver Infrastructure Projects List to Congress
– March 14, 2017)
– The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) expressed their support for federal infrastructure legislation and presented a list of priority Great Lakes infrastructure projects to Congress last week during the coalition’s annual Fly-In and lobby days in Washington, D.C.
The list includes projects critical to the Pittsburgh region: Bus Rapid Transit to connect Oakland to Downtown, appropriation of federal dollars for critical waterways infrastructure, and reconfiguration of the Parkway West tunnel.
The GLMCC group, which includes representatives from the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference) attended more than 50 meetings with members of Congress and staff, making the case for the coalition’s highest legislative priorities. View the full list of GLMCC infrastructure priorities here
“In the Pittsburgh region, whether it is the recently announced Bus Rapid Transit proposal, the Upper Ohio River locks and dams’ upgrades, or infrastructure maintenance projects, we are in need of a strong partnership with the federal government to advance our infrastructure priorities,” said Matt Smith, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. “We believe infrastructure investment should be at the top of the agenda for the Trump administration and the new Congress.”
Smith continued: “Infrastructure is one of the top strategies of the Allegheny Conference’s agenda to connect people to opportunity across the Pittsburgh region. Partnerships and collaboration at all levels of government and with the private sector are critical to making the investments needed to improve our region’s transportation network.”
President Trump and his 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both highlighted infrastructure investment as key policy goals. The GLMCC hopes to work with the Trump administration and the Great Lakes congressional delegation to advance a large-scale infrastructure package in 2017.
The coalition also expressed strong support for The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is facing a possible 97 percent cut, and discussed H-1B high-skilled workers and a strong trade relationship with Canada as important to the economic growth of the Great Lakes region. In addition, GLMCC members emphasized the importance of a comprehensive energy policy to the Great Lakes states.
The coalition capped its meeting in Washington by delivering their infrastructure priority list to Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He discussed his role as chairman and his hopes for a large-scale infrastructure bill. The group also discussed the status of the Upper Ohio River’s locks and dams’ upgrades, which the Congressman played a leadership role in authorizing in 2016.
The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
is composed of nearly 40 chambers of commerce in the Great Lakes states that support economic development in the Great Lakes region. Click here
for the list of Coalition members.
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