This month, Governor Kate Brown welcomed President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for a tour of the PDXNext project, which includes a new roof and expanded main terminal at the Portland International Airport, as well as a discussion on the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Oregon.
The visit highlighted the opportunities to improve infrastructure in Oregon and underscored the importance of embedding equity in Oregon’s approach to implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The Governor was joined by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. Congressman Peter De Fazio, U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
“I’d like to thank the President for joining us today in Oregon to lift up the exciting and unprecedented opportunities the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will bring to our state,” said Governor Brown. “This historic investment is truly a game changer for Oregon, and our nation. I’m so happy you were able to see the Portland airport’s mass timber roof and the expansion efforts underway, as it illustrates the very best of Oregon values — innovation, creativity, collaboration, and sustainability.
“Equity is embedded into every aspect of Oregon’s approach to implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In Oregon, we define infrastructure as not only roads and bridges, but also the core components to supporting the way Oregonians live, work, and play: access to high-speed broadband, clean drinking water, and renewable energy.
“Mr. President, we are grateful for your leadership as we work together to build a safer, more resilient, just, and equitable United States of America.”