Rendell co-founded Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials whose self-described mission is to promote a “new era” in spending on transportation projects.
“Our infrastructure is falling behind,” Rendell said. “It’s falling behind because we’re not investing.”
He said China has taken the global lead in building a transportation network for the 21st century, pushing past the United States in using transportation spending to fuel economic growth.
He said Northeast Florida is ahead of most regions but needs a deeper channel to handle larger cargo ships coming to the East Coast after the Panama Canal is enlarged in 2014.
Brown introduced Rendell by saying the future of America and the Jacksonville area “will depend greatly on infrastructure.”