Virtual Marshall Plan Launch Event for Central America with Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh, Mayors of Pittsburgh (PA), Louisville (KY) and Huntington (WV)

Event to stimulate regional action towards economic recovery and a transition to renewable energies

NEW YORK –News Direct – Catalyst for Resilient Cities

NEW YORK, October 1, 2021 / 3BL Media / – Catalyst for resilient cities, in the same way Reinvent the Appalachians, Heartland Investor Network, the city of pittsburgh, and Columbia University Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, summons the Marshall Plan launch summit for Central America, a program that seeks to advance the ambitious plans set out in the Marshall Plan program for Central America.

Event features remarks by US Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh; Pittsburgh, Pa., Mayor William Peduto; Huntington, W. Va. Mayor Steve Williams; Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer; and Dr Leslie Marshall, lead author of the Marshall Plan Roadmap for Central America and director of the SFPE Foundation.

What: Marshall Plan for the virtual kick-off of Central America

  • The event includes the participation of more than 190 senior leaders from federal and local government, universities, civic and community organizations, labor, philanthropy and the investment community.

  • The summit includes participatory sessions showcasing real projects from the region that require new partnerships, innovative funding sources, and diverse collaboration across silos to address and overcome complex project priorities and obstacles. Focused on equity, climate and employment, interactive workshops will allow participants to bring their collective experience and serve as trusted advisers to help activate these projects.

  • The summit is unique in the region as it is the first intersection of multisectoral actors working on the activation of MP4MA. Participants will identify barriers and opportunities in 6 transformative projects across the region, using a methodology derived from Resilient Cities Catalyst’s experience in co-leading HUD’s $ 1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition in 100 resilient cities. Examples of these types of regional projects are: green buildings and energy technologies; river restoration; green hydrogen; and solar energy manufacturing; structuring of investment funds.

When: from Monday October 4 to Tuesday October 5 (times below)

  • Monday October 4

    • US Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh: 2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

    • Fireside Chat with Pat Getty, Co-Founder, IN-2-Market and Andrew Place, Director of State Energy and Climate Policy, Clean Air Task Force: 2:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

    • Ari Matusiak, President and CEO, Rewiring America: 2: 35-2: 40

  • Tuesday, October 5

    • Dong Kim, Senior Advisor, US Department of Energy Loan Program Office: 2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

    • Panel moderated by Anne Slaughter Andrew, former Ambassador to Costa Rica under Obama’s presidency and environmental attorney, includes the following panelists: 3: 25-4: 25

      Heidi Binko, Executive Director, Just Transition Fund Bill Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh Bruce Katz, Director of Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University Patty DeMarco, Chair of CONNECT, Board Member of Forest Hills Borough Trenton Allen, Managing Director, Sustainable Capital Advisors

who: The event includes views from high-level actors in government, the private sector, labor organizations, philanthropy and academia, including:

  • Martin J. Walsh, US Secretary of Labor

  • William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Steve Williams, Mayor, Town of Huntington, West Virginia

  • Steve Patterson, Mayor, City of Athens, OH

  • Anne Slaughter Andrew, Director, WindRun Strategies, LLC and former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica under President Obama

  • Dr. Leslie Marshall, Principal Author, Marshall Plan Roadmap for Central America and Director, SFPE Foundation

  • Ron DeLyons, Managing Director, Creekwood Energy Partners

  • Dong Kim, Senior Advisor, US Department of Energy Loan Program Office

  • Tom Croft, Executive Director, Steel Valley Authority

  • Heidi Binko, Executive Director, Just Transition Fund

  • Kyle Fee, Regional Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

  • Brian Anderson, Executive Director, Interagency Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization Working Group and Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory


MP4MA is developing a vision for a fair economic recovery in the High Appalachian / Ohio River Valley region, while laying the groundwork for a strong renewable energy sector. This plan was led by the Mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto, in partnership with the nine key cities of four states in the region: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Youngstown, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Athens, Ohio; Huntington, West Virginia; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Louisville, Kentucky.

“The goal is to be able to understand where the strategic advantages lie for all the different sub-regions of the Northern Appalachian and Ohio Valley, and to recognize how we should be working to help each other instead of competing with each other. “said Mayor Bill. Peduto, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

The plan provides for $ 60 billion per year over the next ten years, through private investment, federal and state funding. This moment of transformation comes as the federal government has presented its ambitious climate change agenda in tandem with stimulus resources. Unprecedented investments in these communities are aimed at laying the groundwork for a fair and equitable recovery that also supports high-quality jobs and thriving communities.

“What is happening in Huntington, West Virginia, is indicative of what is happening in the Ohio River Valley,” said Mayor WIlliams, of Hungtington, WV. “The Marshall Plan for Central America gives us all the opportunity to be competitive in the global market.

“We felt that the partnership with the cities included in the Marshall Plan was important, as the communities of the Ohio Valley are grappling with the energy transition as an existential challenge,” said Andrew Salkin, director of Resilient Cities Catalyst. “It is essential that local partners take ownership and lead the work to create meaningful results for their communities. Building on our resilience work in over 100 cities around the world, we have the tools and expertise to help these communities take practical steps toward a transition that is more equitable, sustainable and resilient.

About Resilient Cities Catalyst

Resilient Cities Catalyst (RCC) is a non-profit organization made up of urban practitioners and resilience experts with extensive experience working in cities and regions around the world. RCC partners with cities and regions around the world to help them better harness the experience, resources and energies of their leaders, managers, communities, businesses and planners to realize their collective visions. Founded by leaders from 100 Resilient Cities, RCC’s work is grounded in the knowledge gained in developing the Resilience Movement. For more information, please visit: www.rcc.ville.

Contact: [email protected]

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