Rebuilding America: APA National Infrastructure Investment Task Force
Field Hearing: Chicago
November 20, 2008 • 9:30 a.m.–noon
American Planning Association
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Rebuilding America is an initiative working to engage planners, transportation experts, policy makers, and engaged citizens in a national conversation about how to address our infrastructure crisis and increase investment in building communities of lasting value.
Join us on to learn from industry experts the about state of infrastructure and to share ideas and information about the specific needs and issues facing infrastructure planning and investment in the Midwest.
Please note that following the hearing, from 1:30–4:30 p.m., the Chicago Metro Section of APA's Illinois Chapter is hosting a program called "On the Eve of the Centennial: Daniel Burnham, Big Thinkers, and the Future of a Metropolis" at the Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 75 E. Washington St.
If you were not able to attend or would like to leave additional comments, please join the discussion at http://apa-rebuildingamerica.ning.com
About Rebuilding America
Led by President Robert Hunter, FACIP, President-Elect Bruce Knight, FAICP, and Immediate Past- President David Siegel, FAICP, the task force will evaluate current conditions and challenges affecting the nation’s vital infrastructure, develop a new vision for the nation’s infrastructure, and identify specific recommendations for changes in public policy, funding, and planning practice needed to meet the infrastructure needs of the 21st century. This work will lay out a blueprint for action needed to increase and improve performance, competitiveness, community quality of life, citizen choice, equity, and efficiency.
Reports from the Field
Rebuilding America was launched at the National Design Professionals Infrastructure Summit in Washington, D.C., on October 20, 2008, when planners, architects, landscape architects, and engineers began a discussion of the state of the nation’s infrastructure and heard from experts about options for federal policy and investment. Now the task force will be conducting a series of regional field hearings throughout the U. S. convening regional leaders, planners, issue experts, academics, allied professionals, and engaged citizens. These events will focus on identifying major issues of local regional concern related to infrastructure policy and investment.
A Plan for Progress
Watch the APA website for new regional meeting locations and dates. These hearings will culminate in the proposal of policy and practice recommendations to be presented at the National Planning Conference in Minneapolis, April 28–29, 2009.