Building One Southwestern Pennsylvania: May 16, 2014 Forum
In a regional forum held May 16, 2014 at Penn State’s Fayette County campus, 150 leaders from Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene, Washington and Allegheny counties met to discuss their communities’ shared challenges and opportunities. Building One America’s president, David Rusk, was a well-received keynote speaker, illuminating how Pennsylvania’s highly fragmented and competitive system of local government fuels flight from older communities, limits education and job opportunities for the middle class and those aspiring to the middle class, and holds back the economic growth of regions. Greg Scott from the American Society of Civil Engineers shared Pennsylvania-specific data about the state of our infrastructure.
Subsequent to the forum, leaders from Southwestern, South Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania met in Washington, D.C. with senior staff of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is chaired by Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster. There, we were joined by leaders from Building One New Jersey and Building One Ohio in initiating a conversation about how to use the pending federal transportation reauthorization to do a better job of leveling the playing field for more diverse and fiscally strained communities, promote regional cooperation and planning, and connect transportation to job creation, land use planning, housing and jobs access.