About The Event

Infrastructure is at the center of our economic recovery. Built on our Top 100 projects ($372 Billion) in North America, the Leadership Forum connects you with project owners and addresses key issues in technology, funding, and more. Interactive panels, keynotes, networking sessions, and roundtables give you access to decision-makers, the power to develop your business and enrich your network.

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Track A: Funding our Future, 2021-2023


Norman Anderson

CARES ACT Funding for Stimulus Projects - State, Local & Infrastructure Opportunity?


The CARES Act arguably saved the U.S. economy, and set us on the road to recovery. There are still funds available, including $200 billion already in State accounts from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (but soon to expire), an additional $500 billion in the Municipal Liquidity Facility and well over $500 billion remaining in the Main Street Lending facility. Join this session to better understand these facilities how the Fed views them - and how to potentially access funds for state and local projects.


Welcome Remarks and Introduction From Norman Anderson, Chairman and CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure


Moderator: Micah Green, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson


Presenter: Jonathan Tsentas, Senior Staff Member, Office of The Honorable Robert Menendez, U.S. Senate


Participants:

  • Jack Marchebank, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation (invited)

  • Zach Conine, Treasurer, State of Nevada

  • Loren Cohen – CEO, Port Ruston Project

  • Mitch Carmichael, President, State Senate, West Virginia



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Chris Van Hollen

Town Hall


U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Senate Committee on Appropriations; Senate Committee on the Budget; and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works


Watch Joe Biden’s Keynote Address at the 7th North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum.


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The Elk Creek Niobium Project


NioCorp is developing North America’s only niobium / scandium / titanium advanced materials manufacturing facility co-located with an underground mine. Located near Elk Creek, Nebraska, this will be the highest grade niobium project in North America, as well as one of the largest prospective producers of scandium in the world.


Niobium is a relatively scarce metal and there are only three primary Niobium mines in the world today. But growing demand has created a global market value of >$2 billion, according to Roskill. Niobium is considered so critical by the U.S. that it is one of a small handful of metals that the National Defense Stockpile purchases, according to DoD Strategic and Critical Materials reports.

  • Mark Smith, Chairman and CEO, NioCorp Developments


Watch Mark Smith’s GViP TV Feature Here



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Chris Van Hollen

Jeff Eckel, Chairman and CEO, Hannon Armstrong

Jeff Eckel, Chairman and CEO, Hannon Armstrong


Hannon Armstrong is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments in climate change solutions, providing capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets. With more than $6 billion in managed assets as of June 30, 2020, Hannon Armstrong’s core purpose is to make climate-positive investments with superior risk-adjusted returns. The firm focuses on three lines of business: (1) Behind the meter; (2) Grid connected; and (3) Sustainable infrastructure.



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Green Bonds - An Economic Recovery Opportunity to Invest in Projects and Create Jobs?


Green bonds have been successful around the world, and are becoming an increasingly popular strategy for financing the U.S. market - particularly as a revenue neutral financing tool. From performance contract lending to transit and water authorities, to housing finance and water and wastewater funding - and much more - financing through Green Bonds can quickly improve infrastructure and create high margin jobs.


Firestarter: Pierce Homer, Transportation Director, Moffat & Nichol


  • Justine Leigh-Bell, Deputy CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

  • James Mcintyre, Director of Capital Markets, New York State Housing Authority

  • Guy Van Syckle - Senior Manager, Green Bonds, Hannon Armstrong



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Spellmon

Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers, and Commanding General of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Priorities & Strategy


Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers, and Commanding General of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with 37,000 employees, overseas much of the competitiveness of the U.S. economy, including: (1) Planning, designing, building, and operating locks and dams; (2) Design and construction of flood protection systems through various federal mandates; (3) Design and construction management of military facilities for the Army, Air Force, Army Reserve, and Air Force Reserve as well as other Department of Defense and federal government agencies; and Environmental regulation and ecosystem restoration.


Interview and Q&A



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Duane Morris Opportunity Zone Workshop

This just in time interactive workshop explores creative funding of mixed use and multimodal projects. Bold vision and innovative funding strategies for North American recovery.


Leader: Brad Molotsky, Partner, Duane Morris

  • Brian White, Principal, OZ Development Group

  • Graham Allison, Principal, OZ Development Group

  • Zale Takakman, Principal, Local Grown Salad

  • Leslie Smallwood-Lewis, Principal, Mosaic Partners


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Sean Strawbridge

Sean Strawbridge, CEO, Port of Corpus Christi

Project Opportunities with the Port of Corpus Christi


The Port of Corpus Christi is one of the strategically important port's in the United States. Join us for a Q&A session with the CEO, Sean Strawbridge, to discuss the latest developments, the pending election, and the state of the economy.


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Carol Miller

Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding (ret.) USAF, formerly Member of the U.S. National Security Council.

The Importance of 5G - For the U.S. Economy & for National Security.


5G is the critical technology going forward, fundamental for everything from autonomous vehicles to AI. In this key technology the U.S. is well behind China, a cause for deep concern. One data point: The U.S. will have on the order of 20,000 5G installations by the end of 2020 and China will have nearly 1 million.


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Networking Coffee Break




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Development Bank Funding & Advanced Tech to Increase the Velocity of Infrastructure Project Investment


Calixto Mateos Hanel, Managing Director, North America Development Bank

In light of the unprecedented global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NADB Board of Directors has determined the Bank should play a key role in working to enhance the economic recovery and the general health and welfare of U.S.-Mexico border communities while remaining cognizant of its core mission to preserve, protect and enhance the environment of the region.



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Networking Break



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Projects of the Year Awards


Project of the Year Awards - Sponsored by Oracle Construction and Engineering - recognizes the leaders behind projects that exemplify excellence and catalyze energy and investment in North American Infrastructure.


Awards are given in the categories of Strategic, Engineering, Finance, Sustainability, and Job Creation.


Host: Andy Verone, Global Vice President, Industry Strategy and Innovation- Oracle



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Senator Cory Gardner


U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (CO) Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


Introduced by Norman Anderson, Chairman and CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure


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Bringing Investment into the Airport of the Future!


This is a challenging time for the airport industry, but at the same time there are enormous opportunities - driven by technology, fueled by private investment, for creating the airport of the future, both in terms of passenger travel and cargo transportation.


Moderator: Gregory Huang, Vice President, CCR Group


  • Steve Dickson, Administrator, FAA (invited)

  • Frank Patton, Chairman, Great Lakes Basin Transportation

  • Jorge Roberts, CEO, AvPorts

  • John Carver, Executive Director-Project Development, CCR Group, CCR


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Infrastructure Funding & ESG - Guggenheim's Work on the ESG Index


Guggenheim Partners has sponsored a series of ESG reports, highlighting both the importance of ESG principles and the superior returns that "ESG Intelligence" produces for investors. The reports are available to participants: Measuring Sustainability in Infrastructure Investment; Social Impacts and the Practice of Direct Infrastructure Investment; and External Sustainability and Resilience Appraisal of the Vertically Integrated Cargo Community (VICC).


Leader: Jim Pass, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners


  • Jeff Scheferman, President, CCR Global

  • Andrew Charlesworth, CEO, CAMG

  • Manuel Lazerov, Managing Member, American Infrastructure Investor

  • Dan Adler, Senior Advisor for Climate Finance, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development


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Benefits Index Creation


The world needs a better way to think about infrastructure, and how to prioritize projects. Technology allows us to increasingly focus on users - and on the results of projects from the user perspective. This includes health, mobility, job creation, business creation and overall opportunity creation. A leading group of industry leaders will debate the creation of an overarching and inter-communicable Benefits Index across the different verticals in infrastructure.


Moderator: Norman Anderson, Chairman & CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure


  • Mark Freedman, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

  • Anand Hemnani, Senior VP & Chief Investment Officer, CG/LA Infrastructure



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Private Meetings

Pre-scheduled, private meetings are a critical piece of the Forum experience giving you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with decision makers and project owners driving the future of infrastructure across North America.

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Track B: Projects


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CARES ACT Funding for Stimulus Projects - State, Local & Infrastructure Opportunity?


The CARES Act arguably saved the U.S. economy, and set us on the road to recovery. There are still funds available, including $200 billion already in State accounts from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (but soon to expire), an additional $500 billion in the Municipal Liquidity Facility and well over $500 billion remaining in the Main Street Lending facility. Join this session to better understand these facilities how the Fed views them - and how to potentially access funds for state and local projects.


Welcome Remarks and Introduction From Norman Anderson, Chairman and CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure


Moderator: Micah Green, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson


Presenter: Jonathan Tsentas, Senior Staff Member, Office of The Honorable Robert Menendez, U.S. Senate


Participants:

  • Jack Marchebank, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation (invited)

  • Zach Conine, Treasurer, State of Nevada

  • Loren Cohen – CEO, Port Ruston Project

  • Mitch Carmichael, President, State Senate, West Virginia



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Top Highway, Bridge, and Tunnel Projects in North America

This 45 minute roundtable discussion will feature some of North America's top highway, bridge and tunnel projects sharing insights, experience, and challenges with their respective projects. Updates on progress, finding the right vendors, and funding opportunities. Moving North American highways, bridges and tunnels toward recovery.


Moderator: Mike Johnson, Sr. Vice President - Infrastructure Market & Strategy, Kiewit


  • The Gateway Program - Stephen Sigmund, Chief of Public Outreach, Gateway Development Corporation

  • Memphis-Nashville I-40 Smart Fiber Project - Brad Freeze, Director, Traffic Operations Division, Tennessee Dept of Transportation’s

  • U.S. 17 Widening from N.C. 171 to South of Williamston, John S. Abel, Jr., Project Engineer, NCDOT - Division One

  • Polk-Quincy Freeway, South Lawrence Trafficway, US-69 Managed Lanes - Kris Norton, PMC Coordinating Engineer & Peter Van Sickle, Special Asst. to the Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Transportation

  • Box Elder Infrastructure Project - Melissa Oelke, Market Director, Infrastructure, KLJ Engineering



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Top Water and Wastewater Projects in North America

This 45 minute roundtable discussion will feature some of North America’s top water & wastewater projects sharing insights, experience and challenges with their respective projects. Updates on progress, finding the right vendors, and funding opportunities. Moving North American water & wastewater towards recovery.


Moderator: Dave Bullard, Senior Director, Product & Industry Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering


  • Louisiana Watershed Initiative - Patrick Landry, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Public Works, LADOTD

  • Cadiz Water Conveyance Project, CEO, Cadiz

  • Box Elder Infrastructure Project - Melissa Oelke, Market Director, Infrastructure, KLJ Engineering


  • Scott Parish, President, Garney Construction



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Making High Quality Broadband Available to Everyone - Particularly Those Now Underserved


Many of the changes in education and work patterns which have developed in response to the pandemic will become permanent and will make quality high speed access to the internet even more essential and will demand changes to current approaches for providing access. This session will address the need for change and the prospects for broadening participation in the effort to upgrade and extend service for currently underserved areas.


Firestarter: Norman Anderson, CEO & Chairman, CG/LA Infrastructure


U.S. Representative Fred Keller (PA-12)


Brian O’Hara, Senior Director Regulatory Issues – Telecom & Broadband, NRECA dof the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association discussing the similarities between Rural Electrification and Rural Digitization and the special capacity of the Co-Ops to extend high quality broadband to rural areas.


Craig Blair, Chair, Senate Finance Committee, West Virginia explaining his State’s commitment to “quality broadband for everyone” and the programs being put in place to advance that objective.


Brian Hendricks, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs, Nokia Americas


Mitch Carmichael, President, State Senate, West Virginia



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State Infrastructure Bank Funding: Sources and Uses of Bank Funds to Drive Economic Recovery


State infrastructure banks have an important role to play in our economic recovery, and also in the overall life of state infrastructure ecosystems. How can state infrastructure banks play a catalytic role - creating project pipelines, making critical investments possible, and thereby crowding in private investment? What are the right sources of funds? What role should state pension funds play? How should funds be used - to build project pipelines, across all sectors?


Moderator: Norman Anderson, Chairman and CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure


  • Zach Conine, Treasurer, State of Nevada

  • David Zimmer, Executive Director, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank

  • Lina Benedict, Loan Origination Officer, California Infrastructure Bank

  • Karin Berkholtz, Executive Director, Washington State Public Works Board



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Top Energy Projects in North America

This 45 minute roundtable features North America’s top transmission projects sharing insights, experience and challenges with their respective projects.


Larry Eisenstat, Energy Practice Chair, Crowell & Moring


  • Anbaric Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link Project - Lawrence Mott, Project Leader and Owner’s Engineer, Anbaric

  • RESC 40 MW long duration Energy Storage Project - Art Gelber, VP Commerce at RESC and President at Gelber & Associates

  • Empire State Connector Project - Zohrab Mawani

  • Evan Evans, WSP Sr. VP Sustainability, Energy, and Climate Change



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The USGS and the National Land Level Change Map - How You Can Help


On October 15th the USGS led an important session, including NASA/JPL, FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other key agencies of the U.S. government. The overall consensus is that for a small investment in the range of $4-5 million the nation will create billions of dollars in benefits for the infrastructure community. This session is focused on creating an infrastructure industry coalition to support this effort.


Firestarter: Johnathan Stock, Director, USGS National Innovation Center, a 5000 employee powerhouse driving the science, mapping and data analytics powering U.S. productivity.


Thought Leader: Pierce Homer, Transportation Director, Moffat & Nichol


Moderator: Norman Anderson, CG/LA Infrastructure



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Projects of the Year Awards


Project of the Year Awards - Sponsored by Oracle Construction and Engineering - recognizes the leaders behind projects that exemplify excellence and catalyze energy and investment in North American Infrastructure.


Awards are given in the categories of Strategic, Engineering, Finance, Sustainability, and Job Creation.


Host: Andy Verone, Global Vice President, Industry Strategy and Innovation- Oracle



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Data or Gasoline - 5G and Funding the Next U.S. Infrastructure Model


Every single day 2.5 million terabytes of data are generated. Is data the gasoline of the new American infrastructure model - and is it even better than gasoline, directly powering growth and funding new projects? Increasingly people think that they are in the infrastructure business, and in fact they are in the data business!


Firestarter: Jennifer Schmitz, CEO, Lattice Industries


Participants:

  • Tim Sylvestor, President & Founder, Integrated Roadways

  • Jeff DeCoux, CEO, Autonomy Institute

  • Maynard Holliday, Senior Engineer, Rand Corporation

  • Derrick Clyburn Ballard, Principal & Founder, EmTech Global

  • Frank Malangone, Senior Director, Product and Industry Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering

  • Dev Amratia, CEO, nPlan


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Top Rail Projects in North America


This 45 minute roundtable features key rail project owners and thought leaders in North America, addressing critical issues:


  • Specific Project Opportunities

  • Funding

  • Passenger Safety

  • New Technology Challenges & Opportunities


Moderator: Rebecca Cowle, Managing Director, CG/LA Infrastructure


Participants:

  • Texas Connected Freight Corridors Project - Jianming Ma, TxDOT Engineer, Texas Connected Freight Corridors project

  • Cascadia Rail Project - Paige Malott, Chair, Cascadia Rail

  • The Northeast Maglev Project - Ian Rainey, Senior Vice President, Northeast Maglev

  • Nate Kaplan, State Director, GoRail



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Benefits Index Creation


The world needs a better way to think about infrastructure, and how to prioritize projects. Technology allows us to increasingly focus on users - and on the results of projects from the user perspective. This includes health, mobility, job creation, business creation and overall opportunity creation. A leading group of industry leaders will debate the creation of an overarching and inter-communicable Benefits Index across the different verticals in infrastructure.


Moderator: Norman Anderson, Chairman & CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure


  • Mark Freedman, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

  • Anand Hemnani, Senior VP & Chief Investment Officer, CG/LA Infrastructure



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Private Meetings

Pre-scheduled, private meetings are a critical piece of the Forum experience giving you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with decision makers and project owners driving the future of infrastructure across North America.

Private Meetings
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Event Speakers

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Jeff Eckel

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Senator Chris Van Hollen

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Cory Gardner

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Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding (ret.) USAF

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Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon

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Jim Pass

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Norman F. Anderson

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Jeff Scheferman

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Jennifer Schmitz

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Stephen Sigmund

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Lawrence Mott

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Sean Strawbridge

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Jonathan Stock

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Pierce Homer

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Calixto Mateos Hanel

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Jianming Ma

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Brad Freeze

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Michael Woods

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Mike Johnson

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Daniel Adler

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JP Giometti

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Andrew Verone

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Brian O’Hara

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F.A.Q.

  • Scroll up to the agenda and click the "Join Session" button on the left side of the session you would like to join.

  • GViP stands for "Global Visualization of Infrastructure Projects", and is a web application designed to be the LinkedIn of the Infrastructure community.

  • The Stimulus Map is an interactive digital platform that identifies more than 550 infrastructure projects. These projects have the potential to revitalize the U.S. economy through strategic investments. They cover all infrastructure sectors, have an overall investment value of approximately $1 trillion, and could create approximately 2.4 million direct and indirect jobs.

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