Equipment manufacturers quantify Infrastructure Advantage

The Association of Equipment Manufactures outline investment and policy recommendations for federal lawmakers in “The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage.” The new report offers key steps for policymakers and infrastructure stakeholders: 1) Focus on networks and systems; 2) Maximize use of smart technology; 3) Ensure rural-urban connectivity; 4) Expedite project delivery; and, 5) Provide adequate and reliable resources.

The report was developed by an equipment industry task force following a two-year process of engagement with a wide range of infrastructure stakeholders through AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 thought-leadership initiative.

With the country currently ranked 11th in the world in infrastructure competitiveness, AEM members believe it is essential to modernize and rebuild the core infrastructure network in order to retain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest economy. The report makes the case for a U.S. infrastructure system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods; provides connectivity between and within rural and urban America; and, fosters strong economic growth and robust job creation.

“The United States once had an infrastructure system that was the envy of the world,” says AEM President Dennis Slater. “Our infrastructure competitiveness and our economic competitiveness are linked. This set of policy recommendations to reclaim our Infrastructure Advantage speak to that connection and outline what government officials should be thinking about as they consider future legislation.”

“Equipment manufacturers have an important role to play in reclaiming the U.S. Infrastructure Advantage. Equipment manufacturers depend on an efficient infrastructure system in their day-to-day operations, as well as indirectly to sustain the economic health of other sectors that rely on our industry,” Slater adds. “They also make the equipment that builds and supports U.S. infrastructure construction and operation.”