SAN JOSE, Calif., April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will appear at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Cities Matter Summit, this Friday April 16th for a talk entitled Infrastructure In-Depth. The virtual visit represents Buttigieg's first major talk with Silicon Valley since the public unveiling of the historic infrastructure package.
"This is a transformational time for our cities – both for rebuilding our communities after the pandemic as well as for increasing our region's competitiveness and equity for the future," said SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas. "Hosting leaders like Secretary Buttigieg, who are boldly driving the transformation of cities on a national scale, is crucial for our companies, our communities and our elected leaders so we can collaborate on smart policies that grow us forward."
In a conversation with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Secretary Buttigieg will dive into the many local and national aspects of the Biden-Harris Administration's New American Jobs Plan.
"I look forward to exploring the future of transportation with United States Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg," said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. "As a former mayor, Secretary Pete understands the urgency of reimagining mobility in our cities, and reinventing how we build and sustain our infrastructure. As we embark on our post-pandemic reconstruction, our collective success will depend on our willingness to act boldly in infrastructure investment."
Also appearing at the Summit as a spotlight speaker will be Federal Transportation Administration Deputy Administrator, Nuria Fernandez. The talk on equity - and following Q&A - represents Fernandez' first return talk with Silicon Valley since leaving VTA to join the Biden-Harris Administration. In local news at the Cities Matter Summit, Google's Senior Director of Real Estate Development, Alexa Arena talks community inclusion in "Developing A New Way Forward." The talk comes following the unveiling of Google's Development Agreement - including $200 million in community benefits - for their San Jose Downtown West project. And in the Summit's keynote address, President pro Tempore of the California Senate, Senator Toni Atkins will unpack the new Senate Housing Package. Tickets for the event are available at Cities Matter.
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group The Leadership Group is a business organization of hundreds of Silicon Valley's most dynamic companies working to shape the innovation economy of California and the nation. Founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, for over 40 years the SVLG has worked to address issues that affect the region's economic health and quality of life. Today the SVLG Is focused on economic competitiveness with a special focus on diversity & inclusion, climate change and infrastructure. SVLG members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy. For more information, visit svlg.org.
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