Infrastructure Week Kicks Off in Washington, D.C., Across the United States

The third annual Infrastructure Week begins today and will continue through the week, bringing together America?s leading organizations representing the full spectrum of business, labor and public policy.

Infrastructure Week will bring together thousands of stakeholders in Washington, D.C., and around the country to highlight the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America?s infrastructure systems, and the essential role infrastructure plays in our?economy. Nearly 80 affiliates from business, labor and advocacy are convening around America to host more than 40 events and bring a strong message directly to Congress that America cannot wait for long-term solutions to infrastructure investment and revitalization.

Infrastructure Week is a national week of high-profile events, media coverage, focused advocacy and other efforts focused around building momentum for revitalization of America?s economic competitiveness through rebuilding American infrastructure. Infrastructure Week convenes an unprecedented, broad, non-partisan, coalition united around the belief that investing in infrastructure is Investing in America?s Economy.

The Week challenges policymakers and the public to address head-on the challenges facing U.S. infrastructure, to move beyond short-term fixes and deferred maintenance, and to envision the innovative solutions, technologies, policies and investments that will bring America?s aging infrastructure into the 21st century.

Events will be taking place in Washington, D.C., throughout the week as well as online events. For more information and to view the agenda of speakers in Washington, D.C., as well as a list of affiliate organizations with regional activities, visit http://infrastructureweek.org/.

Value Of Water Coalition Spotlights Innovative Water Projects for Infrastructure Week

As part of Infrastructure Week 2015, May 11-15, the Value of Water Coalition is hosting events across the country to spotlight the challenges facing water providers and water-reliant business and the innovative solutions they’re implementing.

?During Infrastructure Week, we want people to remember that infrastructure isn’t just the roads and bridges our cars drive over. Water infrastructure is critical to supporting thriving communities,? said?Radhika Fox, Director of the Value of Water Coalition. ?Water is essential, but the challenges facing our water infrastructure systems are vast. During Infrastructure Week the coalition will highlight some of the innovative solutions that water providers are pursuing to be good environmental stewards, community partners and economic drivers.?

Events will be held from?May 11-15?in?Cleveland,?Chicago,?Philadelphia,?San Francisco?and?Minneapolis. Media is welcome to attend all of the events. Contact?Abigail Gardner?at?agardner@skdknick.com?for details if you are interested in covering or attending any events. A full list of all Infrastructure Week events can be found at http://infrastructureweek.org/.

Cleveland?-?Monday, May 11–Thursday, May 14
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Value of Water Coalition are hosting a tour across several days and locations. The?Follow the Flow?tour will include visits to facilities that are often unseen by the general public: a wastewater treatment plant, Easterly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station and Wastewater Treatment Plant, and?Edgewater Beach. The tour will be limited to invited guests and credentialed media. Media interested in attending should contact Jeannie Chapman,NEORSD Manager of Community and Media Relations,?chapmanj@neorsd.org.

Chicago – Wednesday, May 13th, 2015?8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Policy Program, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Value of Water Coalition will host a half-day forum called ?Broke, Broken, and Out of Time? about the challenges and opportunities facing infrastructure in?Illinois. Interested media can contact?hfeng@metroplanning.org.

Philadelphia -Thursday, May 14th, 2015?8 a.m.–10 a.m.
WHYY,?Philadelphia’s?NPR member station, the Value of Water Coalition, American Water and Philadelphia Water will host an interactive discussion called ?What is the Value of Water? The Pennsylvania Story? about the state of water resources, infrastructure, and innovative investments in water systems across the city and state. Admission is free but registration?here?is required. Interested media can contact?Joanne.Dahme@phila.gov.

San Francisco?-?Thursday, May 14,?7:30–9:30 a.m.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will host its 9th?Annual SEPUC Construction Contractors Breakfast and discuss how investments in water infrastructure are investments in jobs and the community. Interested media can contactDMayorga@sfwater.org.

Minneapolis -?Friday, May 15,?8 a.m.–10:30 am
Dow Water and Process Solutions will join the Value of Water Coalition in hosting a forum called “Riding the Wave of Water Innovation,” in which business, technology, and thought leaders will highlight the role of innovation in addressing local and national water challenges. Guests can register to attend?here, and interested media should contact?BCrisafi@gscommunications.com.

Value of Water Coalition
The Value of Water Coalition builds national will for investment in water infrastructure and water resources. The Coalition has come together to advance positive solutions to our nation’s pressing water challenges.
Learn more about The Value of Water coalition at?thevalueofwater.org?and follow us on Twitter?@TheValueofWater.

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