Two leading groups tracking federal transportation construction funding and policy issued statements favorable to President Obama’s nomination of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
“It is encouraging that President Obama has decided to nominate someone who has first-hand experience with the significant challenges posed by our chronic under-investment in infrastructure and years-long and broken regulatory review process,” stateed Stephen Sandherr, CEO of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has a unique opportunity to promote new sources of revenue to address chronic shortfalls in federal funding for our aging network of highways, bridges, airports and transit systems. In addition, he will be well suited to ensure that the Department of Transportation takes the steps required in the most recent surface transportation legislation to significantly reduce the time it takes for federal officials to approve new transportation projects. We will never be able to compete globally if it takes over a decade to approve new ways of moving goods and services from one point to another in this country. Assuming his prompt confirmation, Mayor Foxx can count on the support of the commercial construction industry for his efforts to address funding shortfalls and eliminate red tape.”
Citing feedback from North Carolina construction interests, American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President Peter Ruane added, “Anthony Foxx has demonstrated that he sees the intersection of transportation infrastructure investment and economic development. As mayor of Charlotte, he’s been a thoughtful voice in advocating for development of all modes of transportation in order to help spur the local economy, create jobs and improve mobility.”