Reconnecting America and Smart Growth America's boards and staff have recently completed a joint strategic planning process to evaluate how to have the most impact in advancing shared goals related to federal transportation policy reform. To that end, the boards of each organization have agreed to the full transfer of the Transportation for America Campaign, which has been jointly hosted by Reconnecting America and Smart Growth America, to Smart Growth America with the goal of consolidating the transportation policy advocacy work into one organization.
I commend the US Senate for its unanimous vote to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation. Foxx will bring an invaluable perspective on the needs of local governments to the federal department responsible for transportation policies that affect every American.
Secretary Foxx understands that transportation comes in many modes, and that they're each integral to the economic strength of a region. As mayor, Foxx saw first-hand the role that transportation choices play as the backbone of economic development and the creation of resilient cities and regions. He made efficient and innovative transportation investment the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts.
Under Foxx's predecessor, Ray LaHood, the Department of Transportation partnered alongside the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to address the interdisciplinary challenges of housing, employment, the environment and…
Statement of John Robert Smith, President and CEO of Reconnecting America, on the Administration's Proposed FY14 Budget:
"In the Administration's recently released budget for Fiscal Year 2014, we were pleased to see a call for continued investment in the infrastructure we need to provide all Americans with transportation choices. Taken together, the $50 billion investment upfront and longer-term initiatives like the National Infrastructure Bank are designed to improve transit systems, rail lines, roadways and bridges, and other transportation modes nationwide. Encouraging innovation is at the root of America's values, therefore the amounts set aside within the Department of Transportation's budget for competitive multimodal programs and initiatives to attract private investment are particularly noteworthy.
"These initiatives will build on the core programs that keep our transportation systems safe and productive. We are pleased that the President has requested full funding for…
Spartanburg, South Carolina, has a classic American history like many cities in the south. The region is naturally rich in resources and fertile farmland, and they profited heavily from the many cotton mills dotting the riverbanks of Spartanburg during the post-civil war era. Spartanburg’s position as a transportation hub earned it the nickname “Hub City” and brought even more profitability to the region as goods were delivered across the country. In the midst of the conflicts and movements of the 20th century, the city suffered the loss of its textile industry and has been working ever since to reinvent itself. In the 1990s, Spartanburg won large international contracts that laid the framework for a new type of economic prosperity; it is now the headquarters for BMW and other multinational companies.
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith and Chief of Staff Allison Brooks have co-authored “Transit-Oriented Development Is Good Community Development,” which explores how, in this new era, we have the opportunity to redefine and build communities that are well supported by quality transportation systems and that will serve the life needs of today’s grandparents and tomorrow’s grandchildren.
Reconnecting America Project Director Chris Yake has been named to Mass Transit magazine's 2012 Top 40 Under 40 List of young professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry.