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Monday, November 17, 2008
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Infrastructure Choices in the Great Lakes Megaregion

Freight congestion, aging bridges, insufficient mass transit, brownouts, soaring energy costs, flooding, and polluted waters ? all news in recent years, and all partially the results of continued strain on our nation's infrastructure. At the same time, the need for an economic stimulus is greater than ever. The presidential election in November 2008 gives us a fresh opportunity to set a new agenda for infrastructure investment in the Great Lakes megaregion to revive the flagging economy and to compete globally.

Join Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council and New York's Regional Plan Association on November 17th to identify and prioritize strategic investments in transportation, water, and energy to be included in a national infrastructure plan, authorization of a new surface transportation bill, pending climate change legislation, and implementation of the Great Lakes Compact.

Leaders from the Great Lakes business, civic, government, and academic communities are encouraged to attend and help define this emerging federal-regional agenda. Invited speakers include Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

This forum is part of America 2050 (www.America2050.org), a national initiative to develop an infrastructure strategy for America's future growth, competitiveness and sustainability. Register online at www.metroplanning.org/greatlakesmegaregion.

There is a registration fee of $50 for the full-day event. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Ellis at jellis@metroplanning.org, or 312.863.6045.

Freight congestion, aging bridges, insufficient mass transit, brownouts, soaring energy costs, flooding, and polluted waters ? all news in recent years, and all partially the results of continued strain on our nation's infrastructure. At the same time, the need for an economic stimulus is greater than ever. The presidential election in November 2008 gives us a fresh opportunity to set a new agenda for infrastructure investment in the Great Lakes megaregion to revive the flagging economy and to compete globally. Join Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council and New York's Regional Plan Association on November 17th to identify and prioritize strategic investments in transportation, water, and energy to be included in a national infrastructure plan, authorization of a new surface transportation bill, pending climate change legislation, and implementation of the Great Lakes Compact. Leaders from the Great Lakes business, civic, government, and academic communities are encouraged to attend and help define this emerging federal-regional agenda. Invited speakers include Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. This forum is part of America 2050 (www.America2050.org), a national initiative to develop an infrastructure strategy for America's future growth, competitiveness and sustainability. Register online at www.metroplanning.org/greatlakesmegaregion. There is a registration fee of $50 for the full-day event. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Ellis at jellis@metroplanning.org, or 312.863.6045.

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