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Mayor Berry Invited to Attend White House Infrastructure Summit

Select bipartisan group of mayors and governors invited to help plan $1 trillion dollar national infrastructure package

June 7, 2017

Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque’s mayor, Richard J. Berry, has been invited to participate in a White House summit convened by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Elaine Chao and other members of the President’s cabinet to discuss how to execute one of the president’s highest priorities, his infrastructure package. The Trump-Pence Administration is interested in working with state and local leaders on both sides of the aisle to improve the nation’s infrastructure and Mayor Berry was among a group of hand-picked municipal elected officials and governors who will attend the forum occurring on June 8, 2017, during Infrastructure Week.

In a joint address to Congress this past February, President Trump drew attention to the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure, citing that the crumbling infrastructure is in need of rebuilding. The President’s proposed plan to overhaul the highways would be financed through both public and private investments, in turn, creating millions of jobs.

The summit will concentrate in part on infrastructure spending as a means of spurring job creation across the United States. Mayor Berry and others have been asked to help develop policies that strategically utilize Federal dollars in targeted ways that will incentivize State, local, and private sector investments. Additionally, State and local governments that plan and build infrastructure have unique perspectives on how to make projects and processes more efficient in order to expedite the federal processes and put resources to work in their communities more quickly.

Infrastructure investment among U.S. metro areas would alleviate the elevated levels of congestion these locations experience, as well as support the traffic congestion from 66.7 million people, the projected population growth among U.S. metros over the next 30 years.