U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today said America's economy would benefit from an infusion of resources to strengthen our roads, bridges, railways and airports, and he called on Arkansans to send their suggestions and pictures to him describing their local infrastructure needs, which he is posting to his website.
Pryor said investing in infrastructure, a key component of his six point solution to creating jobs in Arkansas, will create thousands of good-paying jobs in the near-term while increasing productivity and exports in the long-term. Since 2008, between 8,000 and 10,000 construction jobs in Arkansas have been lost. He supports the Rebuild America Jobs Act, which provides $50 billion in immediate investments in highways, transit, rail and aviation and establishes an infrastructure bank that will leverage private and public capital to fund significant infrastructure projects.
"As we have seen, economies stagnate when connections to trade, people and knowledge are shortchanged," Pryor said. "Now is the time to make major investments in infrastructure. Modernizing our roads, rails, waterways and runways will put thousands of people back to work and increase productivity and export opportunities. New resources could help Arkansas emerge as a strong regional and national hub for the transshipment of goods."
Pryor said Arkansas's stands to gain a valuable transportation edge given its central location. He often hears from business and community leaders about local needs to promote economic development. He is asking them as well as the silent majority of Arkansans to send their infrastructure suggestions and/or pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.