Oct 02, 2013

Road Tour to Spur Action on Aging Infrastructure

Dire States Road Tour to raise awareness and identify solutions for America’s crumbling infrastructure

Case Construction Equipment Dire States Tour Dan McNichol

Case Construction Equipment has partnered with award-winning author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol to tour the U.S. and bring awareness to the challenges facing the nation’s aging infrastructure. The tour—titled Dire States: The Drive to Revive America’s Ailing Infrastructure—will make stops at Case dealers throughout the U.S. and bring together citizens, government officials and construction professionals to build a community dedicated to advancing infrastructure-related projects. The primary focus in bringing these groups together is to identify new and innovative ways to spur the growth and development of American infrastructure, and to showcase projects and communities that are already succeeding at it.

The tour will be documented heavily on the Web at DireStates.com, CASECE.com and through related social media channels. 

“The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives our nation’s infrastructure a grade of D+ and estimates a needed investment of $3.6 trillion by 2020,” said McNichol. “America’s infrastructure is in trouble, and it’s not something we can gloss over when we see it on the nightly news. We’re going to barnstorm this country in an old and beat-down 1949 Hudson that is the perfect metaphor for our current infrastructure: It’s as old, rusty and energy defunct as our vital systems. Depending on this old car to get you to work everyday is as foolish as depending on our current systems for everything we need to function as a society.”

The tour, which kicks off with a series of events in Massachusetts, will include stops at Case dealers throughout the country, and will culminate in March 2014 at ConExpo in Las Vegas—one of the world’s largest construction industry trade events. McNichol is expected to bring the tour to more than 20 Case dealerships throughout the U.S.