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ASCE, MRCTI and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to host press teleconference on infrastructure resilience Dec. 16

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Call on president-elect to champion new level of local resilience

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at 10 a.m. Central, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) mayors joined by U.S. Chamber of Commerce and ASCE representatives will urge Congress to pass the bipartisan Resilience Revolving Loan Fund bill, S. 3418, STORM Act.

The impact of the pandemic, summer heat and flooding, economic volatility, and other ongoing concerns have greatly impacted the Mississippi River corridor, its communities and businesses. With an incoming administration, the renewed urgency to have White House level leadership on the river’s importance could not be timelier. President-Elect Joe Biden has an opportunity to address the need early, during his transition.

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the STORM Act. The legislation allows states to offer low-interest loans to counties and cities for disaster mitigation projects. For it to become law, the U.S. House of Representative must approve the final language and send to President Donald Trump for his signature.


Hon. Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor of Baton Rouge, La., MRCTI Co-Chair

Hon. Rick Eberlin, Mayor of Grafton, Ill.

Hon. Melvin Carter, Mayor of St. Paul, Minn.

Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, Executive Director, ASCE

Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

WHAT: Press Video/Tele-Conference with MRCTI Mayors, ASCE and U.S. Chamber of Commerce

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET)

WHERE: Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 884 8349 6665 and Passcode: 920402

Media interested in attending virtually should contact Alexa Lopez at (202) 789-7853 or

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