Nationwide Survey Shows Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments

Marinelink.com
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO, discusses infrastructure survey results at the Port of Philadelphia. Also pictured, Port of Philadelphia Executive Director James McDermott (Left) and BAF Co-Chair and Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (Right). Please credit National Association of Manufacturers/David Bohrer.

Majority Say U.S. Infrastructure in Poor Condition and Hurting Competitiveness

 

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons joined today with Building America’s Future (BAF) Co-Chair and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to unveil a new survey that highlights manufacturers’ concerns about America’s roads and bridges, transit and aviation systems and ports.
 

According to the survey of more than 400 manufacturers, a majority believe American infrastructure is in fair or poor shape, while roads in particular are getting worse. There is strong agreement among participants that U.S. infrastructure is not positioned to respond to the competitive demands of a growing economy.


“This survey clearly demonstrates that our nation’s approach to investing in infrastructure is not improving at a pace to keep up with the growing needs of manufacturers and that the United States risks falling behind,” said Timmons. “Our outdated roads, ports and inland waterways are in desperate need of repair and continue to add costs and complications as manufacturers move their products to market. The good news is that Congress and the President have a chance right now to address the neglect of our infrastructure and ensure that manufacturing in the United States remains competitive. Manufacturers are counting on Congress to fulfill its well-established responsibility of facilitating commerce in the United States by passing legislation that helps fund ports, inland waterways and other key water resource projects.”


“Improving our ports, highways, and bridges is essentially an economic driver. Modernized ports and transportation systems enable American manufacturers and businesses to export their goods to countries around the world, which strengthens our economy here at home,” said Governor Rendell.  “I hope leaders in Washington seize the opportunity to make the significant investments our country really needs to stay competitive in the global economy, or we risk falling further behind our competitors. There is no better time to invest in America’s future.”


The unique partnership between the NAM and BAF is made possible by their strong commitment to addressing this nation’s infrastructure needs to ensure the United States remains globally competitive.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Canaveral Tops State List for Sand Bypass Funding

The Canaveral Harbor Inlet Sand Bypass Project has earned the top state ranking for 2014/15 inlet management funding. As a result, Port Canaveral is expected to receive $100,

Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type,

CMA CGM Strengthens Madagascar Presence

Since the creation of CMA CGM Madagascar in 2003, container shipping company CMA CGM Group has continued to develop on the island to move closer to its valued customers

News

Saudi SABIC Q1 Profit Falls 1.8 % On Product Prices

Profit at Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), one of the world's biggest petrochemical firms, slipped 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year as lower

Korean Ferry Captain's Detention Could Extend As Death Toll Mounts

South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10

First Bodies Recoved From Sunken Ferry

South Korean divers retrieved three bodies from inside a sunken ferry overnight, officials said on Sunday, the first time they have been able to gain entry to the passenger section of the ship.

Government Update

Reports: Brazilian Tycoon Batista Investigated For Financial Crimes

Brazils federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering,

Shell Commited To Russia Expansion Despite Sanctions

Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions

Obama Offers US Aid to S.Korea Following Ferry Accident

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide

Logistics

Among 2014's Most Powerful & Influential Women: Karen Jones

Commercial transportation and supply chain management firm Ryder System Inc. say that their Chief Marketing Officer, Karen Jones, was named one of 2014’s Most Powerful

Inchcape Shipping Services Opens in Venezuela

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has expanded its network in Central and South America with the opening of ISS Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz,

Blackstone Unlikely to Enter Commodities Trade

Blackstone exec doesn't expect move into commodities in near term Blackstone Group LP is unlikely to make a foray into commodity trading in the short term as

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1299 sec (8 req/sec)