U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh headlined AAPA’s Legislative Summit: Now We Build! in Washington, D.C., before an audience of nearly 200 key U.S. policymakers, supply chain leaders and port industry leaders. Buttigieg and Walsh both lauded the hard work of seaports and port workers navigating the challenges of operating throughout a pandemic and historic supply chain disruption. They also voiced the enthusiasm of their agencies to working with industry to get the newly approved infrastructure funds moving quickly so that ports can start building sooner.
Summit attendees also heard from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senior Advisor and White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, Four-Star General Stan McChrystal, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Dan Maffei and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor.
On the final day of the event, AAPA corporate members carried the message of “Now We Build” to Capitol Hill and met directly with lawmakers. Read more about the Legislative Summit in this Transport Topics News Story.