州長倫德爾對基礎建設的關注於2008年1月經由非營利組織「建設美國未來」（Building America’s Future）聯盟而具體化，以招攬支持來監督聯邦履行與州開支承諾以履行美國基礎建設的需求。
The National Governors Association 2009 Winter Meeting wrapped up today with a session on best practices from around the world for financing infrastructure repairs and upgrades. The governors charted what they called "an action-based roadmap" for the chairman's initiative Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future.
Each year, the chair alternates between a Democrat and a Republican, and each year, the chairman chooses an initiative to focus the governors' efforts.
This year the NGA Chair is Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a Democrat, who is highlighting the role states can play in managing existing infrastructure and developing new infrastructure in ways that enhance economic and environmental prosperity.
"A growing pattern of underinvestment and uncoordinated planning has led to a range of concerns that are felt across the country, including widespread congestion, unsafe bridges, inadequate water supply and an electricity grid that is increasingly pressed beyond its ability," said Governor Rendell today. "To ensure our nation's ability to compete in an evolving global economy and respond to crucial energy and environmental challenges, we must not only maintain our infrastructure system but also enhance and improve it."
In January, the American Society of Civil Engineers reported that $2.2 trillion in repairs and upgrades is needed over the next five years just to bring the nation's infrastructure up to "adequate." The ASCE's 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure assigned an overall grade of D to the nation as well as individual grades in 15 infrastructure categories, none higher than C+.
Governor Rendell's focus on infrastructure took shape in January 2008 when he formed a new coalition called "Building America's Future," to rally support for a renewed federal commitment to funding America's infrastructure needs with state partners.
During the meeting, governors discussed a variety of initiatives their states are undertaking to accelerate renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They stressed the importance of coordinating their actions with the Obama administration to leverage each others' efforts.
Several governors noted the unique complexity of clean energy and climate challenge issues will require action at the local, state and federal level.