America's Infrastructure Alliance
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|Focus||Transportation public policy issues and funding|
|Representatives of US transportation companies and government entities|
|CEO and Chairman: Jeff Loveng|
America’s Infrastructure Alliance (AIA) is national 501(c)(4) representing transportation companies in the United States. Its stated mission is lobbying for increased federal investment in the national transportation system. The group is made up of representatives from transportation and construction industry companies and trade groups, Airlines for America, American Trucking Association, Association of American Railroads and Associated General Contractors.
Unlike traditional lobbying firms, which meet directly with lawmakers and policymakers in attempts to influence decision-making, the organization is focused directly on educating voters.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a report every four years called "The Report Card on America’s Infrastructure." The latest report published in March 2013 gave an improved score for the country as a whole for the first time in the 15 years: an improvement from a D to a D+. Presently, the federal government funds 25% of infrastructure activity; the remainder is paid by state and local governments.
The organization's goals are focused on fixing the specific problem of deteriorating roads, bridges, and other transportation media in the United States. AIA's position is that the United States government should increase investment and rebuilding as a matter of constitutional obligation. AIA advocates against changing transportation spending from a federal government program to a state government program. T
AIA advocates for increasing the gas tax in order to increase the federal budget for repairing and maintaining bridges, railroads and roads.
The AIA also advocated for passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which is a bill that gives authority for maintaining and developing port and waterway infrastructure to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
History and organization
- The organization is legally a non-profit corporation that was incorporated in the District of Columbia on December 11, 2012.
- On March 19, 2013, AIA first announced itself as a new organization. AIA is registered as a 501c(4) tax-exempt issue education organization.[a]
- AIA is governed by a board of directors comprising 6 individual members and an advisory board of companies from the airline, railroad, trucking and shipping industries.:
- Chairman and president: Jeff Loveng, former Chief of Staff to Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA
- Chief executive officer: Nicholas E. Calio
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Loveng, former chief of staff for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., helped start the 501(c)(4) America's Infrastructure Alliance this year to advocate solely outside the Beltway for infrastructure investment. The group, which has a budget of roughly $1.5 million, is conducting message testing and polling in preparation for a campaign in September, when it plans to roll out advertising connected to infrastructure legislation. The idea is to educate voters within particular districts, using messages that match their politics.
- ^ a b Schwartz, John (19 March 2013). "Small Infrastructure Gains Are Observed in Engineering Report". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- ^ a b Peters, Mary; Loveng, Jeff (2 August 2013). "Congress should support a national infrastructure policy". The Hill. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- ^ "Readers React Want better roads and bridges? Then raise the gas tax". Los Angeles Times. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- ^ WRRDA Thank You (Video). America's Infrastructure Alliance. 27 September 2013.
- ^ "America's Infrastructure Alliance". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
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