Infrastructure: An Investment Priority

By February 20, 2008Infrastructure

National Association of Manufacturers’ President John Engler participated in a panel discussion yesterday at Iona College on infrastructure and emergency response, part of a daylong conference organized by Terex Corp. From The Connecticut Post:

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — When the bridge in Minneapolis collapsed in August 2007 and killed 13 people, Ronald DeFeo called the president of Iona College to tell him he was worried about the nation’s infrastructure.

Tuesday, DeFeo, chief executive officer of construction equipment maker Terex Corp. in Westport, Conn., joined Iona’s president, Brother James Liguori, in opening a conference that featured present and former congressmen, national leaders in security and transportation operations and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter in discussing how to fix the nation’s ailing infrastructure.

As this sidebar notes, DeFeo is an alumnus of Iona College.

“We do have a great country and we want it to stay a great country,” said DeFeo, whose company builds construction equipment. “It needs vision. It needs planning. It needs leadership.”

Terex’s news release is here.

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