Tomorrow Night: Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Town Hall meeting on High Speed Rail (Fresno, CA)
Tomorrow night, June 26, 2013, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) will hold a town meeting in Fresno, California from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The event will feature a discussion on how best to ensure that planned high-speed rail (HSR) investments in California are truly “Made in America.”
- AAM supports a large-scale, long-term infrastructure program to create U.S. jobs and build a more efficient economy. Key to such a plan are efforts to align federal incentives with investment in workers and the use of American-made materials whenever possible.
- AAM has selected Fresno, California to hold a town hall meeting focused on the future of high-speed rail in the U.S.
- Recently, California authorities secured public funding (from state, federal, and other sources) to begin construction of a $69 billion high-speed rail line connecting the state’s major metropolitan centers. The project continues to overcome obstacles and a late summer groundbreaking is now targeted on a portion of the first $6 billion, 130-mile stretch from Madera to Bakersfield.
- AAM maintains that the policies guiding these investments can promote job creation in the U.S. rather than rely on outsourced manufactured products from China and other foreign suppliers. The California project is funded in part by $3.6 billion in federal funding guarantees, including grants from the 2009 Recovery Act. That funding carries a Buy America provision which creates a preference for American-made iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project. However, greater attention to the benefits of domestic content sourcing, as well as the possible need for stronger Buy America laws, is warranted.
TOWN HALL MEETING:
The Town Hall Meeting is free, open to the public, and will be held at The Grand on Ten, 1401 Fulton Street, Fresno, CA.
It will include a panel of local business, labor, and civic leaders as well as remarks by various federal and statewide elected officials and candidates. A complimentary meal will be served from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, with the program running from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP here.
• Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing
• Tom Richards, California High-Speed Rail Authority Board Member
• Diana Gomez, Central Valley Director
• John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation – via video
• Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16) - via video
• Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-3) - via video
• Henry Perea, Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors
• Sal Quintero, Fresno City Council
• Jim Laing, Tutor-Perini Corporation
• Bob LaVenture, Director District 12, United Steelworkers
• David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance
• Ben Lutze, VP and General Manager, Long Products Division, Evraz
• Chuck Riojas, IBEW Local 100
• Tiffaney Lewis, worker, Evraz
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