Exclusive Infrastructure Report: Equipment Markets to Be Deeply Impacted

Tue December 23, 2008 - National Edition
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The outcome of the looming congressional debate over economic stimulus and highway reauthorization will have a major impact on the construction equipment industry for years to come.

A panel of high-profile Washington insiders will speak out on economic stimulus, the looming highway funding deficit, highway program reauthorization, the prospect of huge increases in water infrastructure funding, and what the government’s decisions will mean to the equipment distribution markets this year and for the next decade.

This critical business intelligence is only available at AED’s Annual Meeting & CONDEX, the morning of Jan. 17. The session will not be recorded or published. Equipment distributors are encouraged to register at www.aednet.org/am.

In addition to an exclusive video address to the equipment industry by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN), the speakers at this Exclusive Infrastructure Report will include:

• Jack Schenendorf, vice-chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission and a former chief of staff to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Schenendorf will discuss the commission’s findings about, and proposed solutions to, the nation’s transportation infrastructure crisis and provide insights about the politics surrounding the 2009 highway reauthorization.

• Dr. Bill Buechner, vice president for economics and research of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. Buechner, one the nation’s leading construction economists, will provide “where the rubber meets the road” analysis about how and when stimulus and reauthorization will impact equipment markets.

• Janet Kavinoky, director of transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Kavinoky is the Chamber’s senior lobbyist and policy expert on all transportation infrastructure issues and serves as the executive director of the Americans for Transportation Mobility. Kavinoky will discuss why the business community is making highway reauthorization a top priority and how the Chamber is cooperating with groups like AED to influence the debate.

The AED Annual Meeting infrastructure forum is a project of AED’s Highway Infrastructure Taskforce.