SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Summit!

The 2018 Summit will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018.  In 2018, the Summit will focus on collaborative improvements in Transportation and Energy Infrastructure ... those that are being implemented, those that are being planned, and those that are needed.  We're going to hear about not only the repairs and short term improvements needed in these critical elements that are the foundations of economic growth and quality of life improvements.  We're going to hear about what planning is underway or needed for the future infrastructures to support the economy, jobs and quality of life we'll need 20-30 years out.

While the current and short term needs in these areas are important, we also must plan for the future in these areas far in advance of the need.  Here are a couple of data and historic facts to think about:

1.  If we are able to achieve the target 3%-4% economic growth we need for improved job growth and economic progress, we need to understand that this means that economic  activity would double in 20 years.  What kind of transportation and energy infrastructure needs will be required to support not just the current level of economic activity, but TWICE the level of economic activity?  To support that level of economic activity, will we just build more highway lanes and interchanges, or will we develop new methods and systems to move TWICE the level of goods and services the future economy will need?

2.  Can we take an example of how important thinking and planning for the future can be?  In the 1950's, the government invested in building a new transportation infrastructure, the interstate highway system.  This has become the backbone of our economic growth and quality of life for the past 65  years.  Before that new method was developed, we moved goods, services and people on 2-lane roads.  What would our lives be like today if they had not made those investments at that time?  Or equally as important, suppose they had not set the tax rate to provide the funds for those investments without passing the debt on to our generation?  That generation took on both the responsibility to do the planning for the future in a new infrastructure which didn't exist at the time, AND to pay for it without passing the debt on to future generations.

Can we fail to do less for the future of our country and region, and future generations?  

We hope you will SAVE THE DATE now and plan to join us in this important discussion on Friday, April 27, 2018!