Keynote: Former DOT Secretary Ray LaHood Discusses American infrastructure

Ray LaHood is an American politician with nearly four decades of public service, including stints in the Illinois House of Representatives (1982–1983) and U.S. House of Representatives (1995–2009). From 2009 to 2013, LaHood served as the 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Barack Obama.

In his keynote speech at this year’s AMPP Annual Conference and Expo, LaHood will provide an in-depth analysis of the current status of America’s infrastructure, recommend policies and issues that lawmakers should focus on, and discuss the important role the AMPP community can play in revitalizing America’s dilapidated transportation systems.  

This important keynote address will also highlight the needs of the corrosion and protective coatings sector, with LaHood offering his unique insights as a former Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary into how top official prioritize infrastructure Investments and policies throughout the United States.

Among the questions this keynote session will address:

  • What types of projects does the DOT prioritize?
  • What sort of sustainability and integrity plans do policymakers require?

The keynote is more important and timely than ever, as policymakers begin to implement the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that recently passed in November 2021.

The keynote featuring Ray LaHood will be held on Monday, March 7 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. local time at the Lila Cockrell Theater in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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