Biden appoints infra coordinator

President Joe Biden has installed a senior advisor responsible for coordinating the implementation of the infrastructure plan.

Ahead of the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill) today, Biden has appointed former New Orlean Mayor Mitch Landrieu to the new post.

In the role, Landrieu will oversee the delivery of the infrastructure investment plans, with the White House describing him as a “critical team member” in the rollout of the program.

Landrieu has strong experience of boosting infrastructure, having worked to rebuild New Orleans during his time as mayor, after the impact of Hurricane Katrina. He is also a former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana and has chaired the US Conference of Mayors, demonstrating his ability to work at a variety of levels of the US government system - something that will be crucial as the infrastructure investment program is rolled out.

“Our work will require strong partnerships across the government and with state and local leaders, business and labor to create good-paying jobs and rebuild America for the middle class,” he said.