As summer is not far away many people will be traveling to America’s national parks. Unfortunately, after decades of unreliable funding, the National Park Service (NPS) has an infrastructure repair backlog of hundreds of thousands of buildings estimated at $11.6 billion (FY 2017).
SMACNA is aware of this immediate need and is urging Congress to provide the NPS dedicated annual federal funding to address deferred maintenance in national parks and ensure that NPS receives significant resources for deferred maintenance in any potential national infrastructure proposal.
A recent study indicates that investment in NPS's maintenance backlog has the potential to create or support over 110,000 quality jobs in the infrastructure industry. Critical systems targeted for upgrades include roofs; foundation components; exterior doors; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) components. These jobs could likely benefit contractors, manufacturers, and tradespeople located in communities adjacent to national parks and in surrounding areas.
Rebuilding and fixing the National Park System will help to employ thousands of American workers, support continued tourism and economic development in hundreds of park gateway communities, and ensure that our national treasures are preserved for generations to come.
SMACNA members can show their support for this issue by contacting their legislators on SMACNA’s Take Action webpage.
Members interested in joining their fellow SMACNA contractors at the CEA National Issues Conference, May 8-10, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, D.C., should visit SMACNA’s Events and Education webpage for more information and to register.