PHILADELPHIA, November 4, 2011 -State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) hosted an Infrastructure Summit today at Temple University in Philadelphia.
“Today was about learning and sharing and beginning the rebuilding process for Pennsylvania’s economy and our infrastructure,” Hughes said. “There is no doubt that investment in infrastructure generates economic activity and jobs.
Sen. Hughes’ Infrastructure Summit at Temple University shows fixing the state’s communities is as important as fixing its roads and bridges. [audio:https://www.senatorhughes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/InfrastructureSummit_Nov4_2011.mp3|titles=InfrastructureSummit_Nov4_2011]
“It is critical that we act in concert to rebuild and invest. This summit identified critical infrastructure needs in roads, rail, air, utilities and housing.”
The event featured panels of experts who discussed a wide range of infrastructure, economic development and job creation ideas and issues. Hughes served as moderator of the event.
“We are facing daunting unemployment numbers,” Hughes said. “We can wait no longer to find a solution to Pennsylvania’s economic downturn. It’s time to invest in Pennsylvania.”
The final panel featured keynote speakers U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Roy Kienitz and U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Policy William Spriggs.
The speakers provided an update on key federal infrastructure and economic initiatives and trends.
Hughes serves as Democratic Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.