From ocean to ocean, the Interstate 10 corridor offers the most compelling window on the future of the United States. Cities on this cross-country highway are challenged by pressing societal, economic, urban and environmental topics: immigration, climate change, sea level rise, movement of people and goods, economic mobility. As such, the cities provide a living lab to test ideas that can become solutions for the cities themselves, and for places around the world that are taking on the same issues.
The first on-the-ground activity of 10X is the Water Summit in May 2018. Some cities on the corridor have too much water, others not enough. Partners in the summit—Arizona State University, The Water Institute of the Gulf and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation—are gathering experts from around the world to share their innovations for adapting to climate change, drought and flooding. The goal is to create cities that are more resilient and sustainable in an uncertain world.
Mukul Verma, director of communications, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, (225) 362-9260 (cell)
Amy Wold, director of communications, The Water Institute of the Gulf, awold@TheWaterInstitute.org, (225) 236-6425 (cell)
About the I-10 corridor
The Interstate 10 0corridor links the Southern half of the U.S., from Los Angeles in the West to Jacksonville, Fla., in the East. On the corridor are five of the largest U.S. cities, including two megacities—Los Angeles and Houston. The corridor has four of the largest U.S. ports and the global energy capital, Houston. It includes three state capitals, states that have growing immigrant populations, and cities that are dealing with drought, flooding and sea level rise.