What is Infrastructure Week?
Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. From May 15-19, leaders and citizens around America will highlight state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.
GFOA Events Related to Infrastructure Week
GFOA's annual conference will feature multiple sessions focused on infrastructure policy, asset management, best practices in capital budgeting, and more. A full list of GFOA conference sessions are available on GFOA's website, and specific sessions focused on infrastructure are listed below. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the GFOA Annual Conference will feature a full day of Infrastructure focused topics led by leading practitioners and experts from across the United States and Canada.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Colorado Convention Center
- What Lies Beneath: Challenges in Maintaining Water Infrastructure (10:20-12:10)
- If I Had $1,000,000: An Effective Capital Budgeting Process (2:00-3:15)
- Asset Management: Tools and Technqiues for Sustainable Communities (3:35 - 4:50)
- Urban Forum (3:35- 4:50)
- GFOA Initiative Highlighting Infrastrucutre Finance (4:30)
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Colorado Convention Center
- Infrastructure Financing: Current Issues (830 - 10:10)
The municipal bond tax exemption has a long history of success, having been maintained through two world wars and the Great Depression, as well as the recent Great Recession, and it continues to finance the majority of our nation’s infrastructure needs for state and local governments of all. Members of the Public Finance Network continue have emphasized that tax-exempt municipal bonds have been used to finance over $3 trillion in critical infrastructure including the construction of schools, hospitals, airports, affordable housing, water and sewer facilities, public power utilities, roads and public transit.
In 2015 alone, nearly 12,000 tax-exempt bonds were issued to finance more than $362 billion in infrastructure investments. Through the tax-exemption, the federal government continues to provide critical support for the federal, state and local partnership that develops and maintains essential infrastructure, which it cannot practically replicate by other means.
Help GFOA Communicate the Importance of Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds, by showing what your community has #BuiltbyBonds