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Presidential Candidate Forum in Nevada on President’s Day Weekend will coincide with the start of early voting in the Nevada presidential caucuses.

Host committee representing millions of workers includes the Association of Equipment Manufacturers International Union of Operating Engineers, Transportation Workers Union, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Transportation Association, Value of Water Campaign, & American Road and Transportation Builders Association

Today, a group of leading labor unions and associations announced “Moving America Forward: a 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure,” convened by United for Infrastructure, to be held over President’s Day Weekend 2020 on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). President’s Day Weekend marks the start of early voting in Nevada’s presidential caucuses.

“We’re excited to join our labor and industry partners in ensuring our nation’s infrastructure challenges are given the focus and attention they urgently require by 2020 presidential candidates,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “For too long, serious infrastructure policy has been left on the back burner of many candidates’ agendas. This forum will give candidates the opportunity to share what they think is needed to address our nation’s infrastructure opportunities with American voters at a critical time in the election year. We need their best ideas to help drive America towards a more modernized infrastructure that will benefit equipment manufacturers and our 1.3 million men and women, U.S. farmers, and the broader national economy.”

The host committee for the bipartisan candidate forum represents millions of union members, public sector workers, engineers, transportation and water agencies, and manufacturers. Host committee members include the Association of Equipment ManufacturersInternational Union of Operating EngineersTransportation Workers UnionAmerican Society of Civil EngineersAmerican Public Transportation AssociationValue of Water Campaign, and American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Infrastructure presents both an urgent challenge and a singular opportunity for the next presidential administration to address an issue that affects every American. It is also an issue that 90 percent of Americans believe should be a priority for the next administration. Infrastructure dictates access to jobs, education, and health care; it can help alleviate or exacerbate rising inequality; it can help solve the affordable housing crisis; and it is key to how American’s experience climate change pressures. The forum will be an opportunity for candidates to address the challenges facing American’s roads and transit systems, bridges and railroads, ports and airports, and water and wastewater systems -- and to lay out their vision for an infrastructure plan that supports a strong economy, job creation, consumer safety and national security.

The forum is convened by United for Infrastructure, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the importance of America’s infrastructure. The forum will be open to members of the press. Contact Abigail Gardner, agardner@unitedforinfrastructure.org, for more information.




United for Infrastructure is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the importance of America’s infrastructure. United for Infrastructure annually convenes the national Infrastructure Week, a week of advocacy and education that engages millions of Americans on the importance of investing in our nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels, water systems, energy grid and more. Read more about United for Infrastructure and its projects here.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $159 billion to the U.S. economy. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.

Visit www.aem.org/advocacy for more information.