SOURCE: Terex Corporation and Iona College

February 12, 2009 13:41 ET

Policymakers, Business Leaders at National Infrastructure Summit

Speakers to Discuss Rebuilding and Rethinking Infrastructure for a New Century

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - - Iona College and Terex Corporation will host their second national infrastructure summit on March 4, 2009 in Washington D.C. at the J.W. Marriott. This year’s summit - "Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure for Global Competitiveness"-will focus on finding long-term answers to the dire state of our national infrastructure and advancing the growing national effort to rebuild and rethink bridges, highways, waterways, and other basic infrastructure across the country.

Current and former policymakers including Congressman Earl Blumenauer and the Hon. Federico Pena, former U.S. Secretary of both Energy and Transportation, will participate as expert speakers alongside academic experts and business leaders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Road Transportation Builders Association, among others.

Conference attendees, participants and expert panelists will share their expertise to help shape the ongoing national dialogue, and discuss long-term infrastructure solutions beyond the current stimulus package now awaiting conference committee action on Capitol Hill.

“President Obama and Congress have a daunting task in front of them - to develop a comprehensive infrastructure policy.  It must be a policy that can lead this country into a new era and sustain our way of living into the future,” says Brother James Liguori, CFC, President of Iona College.

Investing time and money into physical infrastructure and building a strong foundation that will enable the United States to compete in the global marketplace is not only the focus of "Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure for Global Competitiveness," it is increasingly the focus of state and local governments and national policy makers.

“This year’s summit could not come at a better time and its focus could not be more significant to the future of our economy,” said Ronald M. DeFeo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westport, Conn.-based Terex Corporation. “The president has called for the creation of a comprehensive national infrastructure strategy and our growing list of respected experts is ready to contribute.  Now is the time to plan for the future, and we look forward to doing our part.”

While not a final list, confirmed speakers include:

  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer - U.S. Representative House of Representatives (D-OR)
  • Mort Downey - Chairman of the Board, PB Consult Inc. & former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation
  • Andrew Herrmann - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chairman of the 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure Advisory Council
  • Brian Nickerson, Ph.D - Dean of the School of Arts & Science, Iona College
  • Federico Pena - Managing Director, Vestar Capital Partners; former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former U.S. Secretary of Energy
  • Robert Puentes - Fellow, Brookings Institution; Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative
  • Richard Ravitch - Partner, Ravitch, Rice & Co.
  • Joseph Royce - Chairman, CEO & President, TBS International Limited
  • Peter Ruane - President & CEO, American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
  • Christopher Shays - Former U.S. Representative from Connecticut
  • Petra Todorovich - Director, America 2050

Those interested in registering or learning more about the conference can visit

About Iona College:

Founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, Iona College is a private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of American Catholic higher education. Iona, currently listed in the US News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges 2008” and The Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern Colleges 2008 edition, offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as master of arts, master of science and master of business administration degrees and numerous post-graduate certificate programs.

About Terex: Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) is a diversified global manufacturer that operates in four business segments: Aerial Work Platforms, Construction, Cranes, and Materials Processing & Mining.  Terex manufactures a broad range of equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, surface mining, shipping, transportation, refining, and utility industries.  Terex offers a complete line of financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Elissa Dodge
    Qorvis Communications 
    Phone: 202-683-3152

    Mike Bazinet
    Director, Terex Corporate Communications
    Phone: 203-222-6113