Infrastructure Week 2018

May. 14, 2018 – May. 18, 2018

NACo is a proud affiliate partner of Infrastructure Week. Celebrating its sixth year, Infrastructure Week is a national week of events, public education and advocacy to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting America's economy, society, security and future.

Click below to learn more about advocacy events NACo is leading in Washington, D.C. with national policymakers throughout the week.

Join us in building America’s future.

Learn about how counties across America – urban, suburban, rural and everything in between – are strengthening infrastructure every day.

Tuesday, May 15

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Brookings Forum: Building Inclusive Infrastructure

NACo/NLC Leadership Center

The three-part forum, hosted by Brookings Institute, will be to investigate how infrastructure policy can help address broader societal challenges, especially economic inclusion. The agenda is as follows:

Panel 1: The Inclusion Challenge: Framing the major challenges we see in broader society against the built environment

  • Tanvi Misra, Staff Writer, CityLab, Moderator
  • Hon. Jim McDonough, Commissioner, Ramsey County, Minn.
  • Ellory Monks, Co-Founder, The Atlas Marketplace
  • Brooks Rainwater, Senior Executive and Director of the Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities

Panel 2: Building Inclusive Place: Innovations around physical access to opportunity, place-based design, and local businesses interest

  • Mitch Herckis, Senior Director of Programs, Route Fifty, Moderator
  • Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer, Indy Chamber
  • Stephanie Gidigbi, SPARCC Policy, Capacity, and Systems Change Director & Senior Adviser, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Shauen V.T. Pearce, Director of Economic Development and Inclusion Policy, City of Minneapolis, Office of Mayor Jacob Frey

Panel 3: Technology for Public Good: Innovations around equitable use of technology, including data, broadband and transportation mobility

  • Adie Tomer, Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Moderator
  • Shoshana Lew, Chief Operating Officer, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
  • Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago
  • Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
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2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

NACCED Congressional Briefing: Housing as Infrastructure

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G11

A panel of experts will discuss perspectives of housing as infrastructure, featuring topics including the economic impact of the housing shortage, the backlog of public housing maintenance, private activity bonds as a tool for a wide range of infrastructure needs—including housing—and the importance of enhancing affordable housing resources. Panelists include: 

  • Heather Voorman, Policy Director, NACCED, Moderator
  • Hon. Jim McDonough, Commissioner Ramsey County, Minn.
  • Sarah Mickelson, Senior Director of Public Policy, National Low-Income Housing Coalition
  • Emily Cadik, Executive Director, The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
  • Elizabeth Strojan, Director of Government Affairs, New York City Housing Development Corporation
  • Ellen Lurie Hoffman, Federal Policy Director, National Housing Trust
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3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

NACo/NLC/US Water Alliance Panel: C-Suite Perspectives on the Value of Water

NACo/NLC Leadership Center

Businesses are reliant on access to safe, reliable water and wastewater. Water is also a main ingredient in our products and the processes we use to build them. Businesses rank water as a top corporate concern and a priority investment for a secure supply chain. As our water infrastructure ages, businesses are finding creative ways to use, reuse, and manage water safely and sustainably. Join the Value of Water Campaign and senior private sector executives for a discussion on how companies are driving innovative water management practices and navigating the challenges of today’s complex water landscape. Panelists include:

  • Hon. Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Ind., opening remarks
  • Hon. Penny Gross, Supervisor, Fairfax County, Va., opening remarks
  • Jason Andringa, CEO, Vermeer Corporation
  • Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft
  • Kimberly Kupiecki, Global Lead for Sustainability, Advocacy, and Communications, DowDupont
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Wednesday, May 16

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Municipal Bonds: The Foundation and Future of Infrastructure Finance

NACo/NLC Leadership Center

It is well known that municipal bonds help build our community schools, water systems, police stations and transportation networks. It’s also widely discussed that the municipal bond market provides access to capital for all sizes of state and local governments - it is a sustainable and dependable financial resource to build infrastructure.  However, what is less discussed is that the market for our bonds is more efficient than ever - fueled by technological innovation and transparency.  Join us as we discuss the past and future of financing options available to build public infrastructure. This discussion led by Members of Congress and representatives of state and local governments will examine the role municipal bonds have played in infrastructure development by providing key examples at the local level and how the municipal bond can continue to be the preeminent tool for building and maintaining our future. Panelists are currently being determined, but include:

  • Terry Stone, President-Elect, GFOA, Moderator
  • Pat McCoy, GFOA Past President & Director of Finance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, N.Y.
  • James Nicholson, GFOA Executive Board Member & Director of Finance, City of Pataskala, Ohio
  • Hon. Roy Charles Brooks, NACo President, Commissioner, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Hon. Gyna Bivens, NLC Chair of Community and Economic Development Committee, Councilmember, City of Fort Worth, Texas
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Thursday, May 17

9:00 am to 10:30 am

Collaborate to Build: Modernizing infrastructure policies to advance public-private partnerships

NACo/NLC Leadership Center

A changing economy, society, and natural environment are placing new stresses on the country’s infrastructure systems. The rise of a digital economy, continued population growth, and a changing climate combine to introduce new demands for real estate, where essential infrastructure services should operate, and how to protect both our built and natural environment.

Governments carry an enormous burden to modernize infrastructure systems to promote shared and sustainable prosperity. Central to that effort is to develop deeper partnerships with the private sector around the design, construction, operation, and financing of infrastructure projects. However, doing so is often easier said than done. Many of the country’s public policies are woefully outdated relative to private sector innovation, ranging from procurement around new business models to more flexible financing arrangements.

On May 17, the Metropolitan Policy Program and National Association of Counties will host experts to discuss the modernization of infrastructure policies to improve public-private collaboration. Panelists will include:

  • Adie Tomer, Fellow, Brookings Institution, Moderator
  • Matthew Chase, Executive Director, NACo, welcoming remarks
  • Hon. Roy Charles Brooks, NACo President, Commissioner, Tarrant County, Texas, introductory remarks (representing NACo)
  • Judah Gluckman, Deputy Director and Counsel, D.C. Office of Public-Private Partnerships
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DC Infrastructure Week 2018
NACo Sponsored and Participatory Events

MAY 15-17, 2018