AMERICA 2050: A FRAMEWORK FOR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST
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The United States is growing, projected to add another 120 million Americans by 2050, or approximately the same amount of growth that we experienced from 1950 to 2000. The vast majority of this growth will occur in megaregions – networks of overlapping metropolitan regions, such as the Boston-New York-Washington corridor – which should be used as the building blocks for a national investment strategy in mobility, energy and water. In megaregions across the country, from the Northeast Megalopolis and the Piedmont-Atlantic to Southern California and Cascadia, organizations are starting to think and plan at a new scale for investments in high speed rail and goods movement, a smart grid to address a carbon-constrained future, and natural resources protection. • A tradition of national planning in the United States going back over two hundred years. • Our competitors in Europe and Asia are thinking about growth and investment in Megaregions. • In the United States, Megaregions present an opportunity for a new generation of federal policies and investments to promote sustainable growth. • Current legislation being debated in Washington – including reauthorization of the multi-year transportation bill and efforts to address the challenge of climate change – provide unique opportunities to shape federal policy to promote sustainable growth and prosperity by investing in megaregions.