Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino spoke to 350 global leaders, government officials and CEO�s recently at the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

Andolino was among six panel members to speak about North America’s top strategic infrastructure projects that will transform North America’s competitiveness.

She discussed upcoming capital projects at O’Hare and Midway International Airports, the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), and how the CDA is incorporating sustainability into all aspects of Chicago’s airports.

“The OMP has been our region’s economic stimulus package for the past seven years - putting thousands of people to work, rebuilding our infrastructure and keeping businesses in our city and state,” Andolino said. “We will continue to invest in O’Hare and Midway to improve their efficiency, enhance their safety, and strengthen their value as economic assets.”

Other featured projects on the panel included the regional Midwest’s National Gateway plan; the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Tamazunchale Natural Gas Pipeline in Mexico.

The North American Strategic Infrastructure Forum brings together representatives of the Top 100 strategic infrastructure projects, highlighting a view of North America in 2025 that optimizes regional competitiveness and local opportunity.

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