Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN) is a diverse coalition of businesses, trade associations, and labor groups that share a vested interest in creating jobs and strengthening our nation’s economy through infrastructure development.
For decades, our nation has neglected to prioritize critical infrastructure improvements necessary to ensure an economy that affords everyone the opportunity to achieve their own American Dream. In 2017, this prolonged lack of attention earned America’s infrastructure a D+ on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card.
This inaction bears a heavy cost to communities across the country. From roads and bridges, to pipelines, water systems, wireless networks, and the electric grid, the United States faces an uphill climb to restore, rebuild, and expand infrastructure capable of meeting a dynamic and growing 21st century economy.
Investing in our nation’s infrastructure creates both long and short term benefits for our communities and keeps our economy competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. It provides good paying jobs, additional tax base to local schools and municipal services, increased safety for the movement of goods and people across the country, and added revenues for small businesses throughout the supply chain.
The right infrastructure investments and commitments from political leadership can make these goals a reality.
It is time to Grow America’s Infrastructure Now.
Our members include:
- Associated General Contractors of Michigan
- Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council
- Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce
- Iowa Association of Business and Industry
- Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
- Louisiana Propane Gas Association
- Michigan Forest Products Council
- Ohio Chamber of Commerce
- Ohio Manufacturers Association
- Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
- Pipeliners Local Union 798
- Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, Inc.
- South Dakota Petroleum and Propane Marketers Association
Albert Wynn – GAIN Strategic Advisor
Albert R. Wynn is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. While in the House, he served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, most recently as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and as a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. He was appointed a Senior Democratic Whip and served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (PAC). Prior to being elected to Congress in 1992, Albert was a Maryland State Senator and a Maryland State Delegate.
Brigham McCown – GAIN Strategic Advisor
Brigham McCown most recently served as a senior advisor to current Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao and was a key member of President Trump’s transition team for transportation and infrastructure. He has held executive posts in three presidential administrations, advised multiple presidential campaigns, and served on two presidential transition teams. Also a retired Naval Officer and Naval Aviator, Brigham is a thought leader and trusted advisor to public and private sector clients engaged in public policy impact issues.
James “Spider” Marks – GAIN Strategic Advisor
Major General James A. “Spider” Marks (retired) is the Founder and President of The Marks Collaborative, an advisory for corporate leader development, education and training. He served over 30 years in the Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general and was the senior intelligence officer in the LA Riots, the Balkans, Korea, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He culminated his career as the Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Tom Magness – GAIN Strategic Advisor
Colonel Tom Magness (retired) has led military organizations from Platoon to Brigade. As a commander (CEO) with the US Army Corps of Engineers, he has completed numerous projects as part of multi-billion dollar construction programs ranging from locks and dams, to the border fence in Southern California and Southern Arizona, to large infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Following retirement, Tom started his own company, teaching high-impact leadership strategies across the country.
Craig Stevens – GAIN Spokesman
Craig Stevens served in the Bush Administration for seven years, beginning in the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. After HHS, Craig moved to the Department of Energy where he served as the department’s chief spokesman under Secretary Sam Bodman. Craig has also worked on the presidential campaigns of Governor George W. Bush (2000) and former Governor Mitt Romney (2008).