Brigham McCown

More than 75 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam), calling it “an engineering victory of the first order-another great achievement of American resourcefulness, American skill and determination.”

Indeed it was.

Built during the Great Depression, the project created thousands of jobs, guaranteed a reliable water supply for several states and harnessed the power of the Colorado River, ultimately generating electrical energy for millions throughout the West. Just last month in his State of the Union Address, President Obama cited the Hoover Dam as a testament to American ingenuity, noting that the dam was built at a time in American history when Democrats and Republicans worked together and “invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who built them to the businesses that still use them today.”

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As a Principal and Managing Director of UTA LLC and a lawyer with Braumiller Schulz LLP, Brigham advises private sector clients on national and international policy and impact issues in the infrastructure and logistics industries, focusing on the energy, transportation, environmental, and homeland security sectors.

Brigham is also a contributing writer for Forbes. His recent article is titled “Betraying the Legacy of FDR, Eisenhower, and Other Great Infrastructure Presidents”