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The 12th Annual Goldstone Forum with Edward Rendell: This Afternoon at the Annenberg Center

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March 20, 2012, Volume 58, No. 26

Edward RendellAmerica: Falling Apart, Falling Behind is the topic to be addressed at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at the 12th Annual Goldstone Forum, featuring keynote speaker the Hon. Edward Rendell, C'65. The forum will be held in the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre; it is free and open to the public.

After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Edward Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. Mr. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including ThinkEco, Own Energy, Element Partners and Ocean Thermal Energy. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost-cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions, Public Financial Management and Greenhill Advisors.

Perhaps no other issue has been and continues to be as important to him as America's dire need to rebuild and reinvest in its infrastructure. As governor, he worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called "Building America's Future." The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. Mr. Rendell currently serves as co-chair of the organization and travels throughout the country speaking about this issue.

Mr. Rendell served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011) and oversaw a budget of $28.3 billion as the chief executive of the nation's sixth most populous state. His legislative agenda focused on commonsense political reform and putting progress ahead of partisanship. Through his unprecedented strategic investments, he energized Pennsylvania's economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment, expanded access to health care to all children and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians.

During his two terms as mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Mr. Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the city's budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. The New York Times called Philadelphia's renaissance, "the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history."

 

Almanac - March 20, 2012, Volume 58, No. 26