After spending an afternoon with President Obama in Germantown yesterday, Mayor Nutter traveled to the White House today to meet with the president about the nation's infrastructure needs.
"We have probably the best transportation multi-modal network of any country in the world. There's only one problem: We don't invest in it. We don't maintain it. And in many cases, it is completely falling apart," the mayor said in an interview as he returned by train to Philadelphia this afternoon.
Nutter was one of about eight mayors and governors - including Gov. Rendell - who joined Obama at a Rose Garden press conference as he continues to press Congress to support his $50 billion infrastructure plan.
"What infrastructure means to me is jobs, an investment in people," Nutter said, emphasizing that the city's African-American and Latino communities have been particularly hard hit by the recession in terms of high unemployment numbers. Toward that end, he said he talked with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who were also there, about the need to diversify the trade-union workforce.