National Electrical Contractors Association, lawmakers stress need for improved infrastructure
Members and staff of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) chatted with members of Congress about the
need to improve infrastructure and its role in economic growth at the 2017 National Legislative Conference and Political Leadership Council Summit in Washington, DC
Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA) expressed support for a “real infrastructure bill to rebuild America”, improving US airports, its power grid and deploying a high-speed rail system.
“There is a loss of confidence in this country, not outside but inside,” Boyle said. “But I reject the idea that the American dream is out of reach.”
Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) stressed that his party wants to discuss economic growth and is not anti-business. He noted that globalization and automation present challenges for the US economy, but also offered potential solutions. These solutions, he said, include increasing broadband access, implementing a smart energy grid, investing in technology and relocating 10% of the workforce. federal work in other regions of the country.
David Haynes, chairman of London Road Electric and governor of the Greater Cleveland branch of NECA, has attended the conference on several occasions and said he sees progress being made year on year.
“Everything NECA does is great,” he added. “The conference is getting better and better.