California’s High-Speed Rail Takes Center Stage at Fresno “Keep It Made In America” Town Hall Meeting

California’s High-Speed Rail Takes Center Stage at Fresno

“Keep It Made In America” Town Hall Meeting

At Critical Juncture in U.S. High Speed Rail, Central Valley Business, Labor, and Civic Leaders Gather To Emphasize Importance of “Made In America” for Public Investment

Wednesday, June 26 – Doors at 5:45 pm; Program starts at 7:00 pm,

The Grand on Ten

1401 Fulton Street Fresno, CA

Fresno- As California authorities clear the way to begin construction of the first 30 miles of a planned high-speed rail line through California’s Central Valley, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is holding a “Keep It Made in America” Town Hall Meeting in Fresno to urge the use of American-made iron, steel, and manufactured goods in the groundbreaking infrastructure project. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore key Made in America issues related to the initial $1 billion contract awarded to Tutor-Perini; the timeline for the project’s construction; and, the economic impact of state and federal infrastructure investment.

The Town Hall Meeting will include a panel of local business, labor, and civic leaders as well as remarks by various federal and statewide elected officials and candidates.  Areas of discussion will include:

  • Applying strong Buy America laws to ensure that domestic content is used;
  • Policies needed to encourage U.S. capital investment in infrastructure and manufacturing;
  • Local and regional economic development opportunities from high-speed rail; and,
  • Lessons from previous outsourcing decisions, including the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers to explore common solutions to challenging public policy topics such as job creation, infrastructure investment, international trade, and global competitiveness.  More information is available at:

WHAT: “Keep It Made in America” Town Hall Meeting, Free Admission, open to public.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  Doors at 5:45 pm. Complimentary meal served 6:00-7:00 pm. Town Hall meeting 7:00-8:30 pm. 

WHERE: The Grand on Ten, 1401 Fulton Street Fresno, CA


Invited to speak:

  • Ronald Tutor, Chairman and CEO, Tutor-Perini Corporation

Confirmed participants include:

  • Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • Tom Richards, California High-Speed Rail Authority Board Member
  • Diana Gomez, Central Valley Director
  • John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation – via video
  • Rep. Jim Costa  (D-CA-16) - via video
  • Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-3) - via video
  • Henry Perea, Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors
  • Sal Quintero, Fresno City Council
  • Bob LaVenture, Director District 12, United Steelworkers
  • David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance
  • Ben Lutze, VP and General Manager, Long Products Division, Evraz
  • Chuck Riojas, IBEW Local 100
  • Tiffany Lewis, worker, Evraz