JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will unveil its 2020 Report Card for Mississippi’s Infrastructure on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 through a virtual news conference. The report analyzes 12 infrastructure categories pertinent to Mississippi: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, inland waterways, levees, ports, rail, roads, solid waste and wastewater. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and risks of holding large gatherings, the report will be revealed virtually. ASCE holds paramount the health, safety and welfare of the public.

From the roads and bridges on which we drive, and the levees that protect our homes from flooding, infrastructure is a vital part of life for Mississippians. Infrastructure systems play a critical role in the State’s economic prosperity and help preserve – and can enhance – the quality of life for all Mississippians. However, Mississippi infrastructure has taken a hit in recent years due to severe weather events such as flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and drought, which have adversely affected the state’s economy. This report will help citizens and decision-makers understand how Mississippi’s infrastructure is faring and what can be done to modernize its systems.

WHAT: News Conference on the 2020 Report Card for Mississippi’s Infrastructure

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10:30 a.m. CDT

WHERE: Virtual News Conference via Microsoft Teams

Go to: Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 571-360-4714  

Conference ID: 958 271 134#

WHO:   American Society of Civil Engineers

Jacob Forrester, P.E., Chair, 2020 Report Card for Mississippi’s Infrastructure

Jennifer Sloan-Zeigler, Ph.D, P.E., President, ASCE Mississippi Section

*Featuring Mayor Lynn Spruill, Mayor of Starkville, Miss.

Media interested in calling in or covering the report should contact Kevin Longley at (202) 701-8768 or klongley@asce.org

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit www.asce.org or www.infrastructurereportcard.org and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.

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