2020 Agenda

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

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Day 1 - Wednesday, December 9, 2020
(Note: All Times Shown in EST)

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  1. 12:00 pm — 12:15 pm

    Conference Start: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. 12:15 pm — 1:00 pm

    2021 Infrastructure Outlook in Congress: A Conversation with P3 Coalition Members

    No matter the results of the forthcoming Georgia US Senate special election, an incoming Biden Administration faces a tough and closely divided governing environment on Capitol Hill. Join key leaders in Washington with insight on what the infrastructure community could see move next year, and what won’t.

    Moderator
    Marshall Macomber, President / Senior Policy Advisor, ThinkP3 / AIAI

    Panel
    Jimmy Christianson, Vice President of Government Relations, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    Steve Hall, Senior Vice President, Advocacy & External Affairs, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
    Rich Juliano, General Counsel, ARTBA
    Ed Mortimer, Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, US Chamber of Commerce

  3. 1:15 pm — 1:45 pm

    Virtual Room 1: A Balancing Act - Challenging Issues in P3 Risk Allocation

    The focus of this panel is the current state of risk allocation in P3s and the accompanying opportunities and obstacles. This is a topic of central importance to public- and private-sector clients alike, and it is relevant to all asset classes (including transport and social infrastructure), projects of all sizes, and all levels of government (Federal, state, and local). Finding the right balance in allocating risk challenges even the most sophisticated P3 participants. The unique nature of each project only compounds the complexities and nuances of obtaining an effective risk allocation. While including a discussion on market trends and hot issues, and digging into current challenges, this panel will provide insights on solutions: the role effective and efficient risk allocation can play in helping to turn an identified need -- through a collaborative approach -- into a real, financeable and successful project. The panel will explore how risk allocations can be successfully negotiated, and why some projects/procurements may struggle more than others. Also, the panel will look ahead to address how the market is changing and what is likely to impact risk allocation discussions post pandemic.

    Moderator
    Sean Boyd, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

    Presenters
    Hafeez Habib, Senior Vice President, Plenary Group
    Henry Patel, Vice President, Kiewit Development Company
    Aaron Yohnke, Vice President & District Manager, PCL Construction

  4. 1:15 pm — 1:45 pm

    Virtual Room 2: A Deeper Dive into Project Development Agreements: Private Development Efforts for Essential Infrastructure

    Alternative Delivery procurements in the US have been influential in delivering critical infrastructure. As the market matures, new procurement techniques emerge including the Project Development Agreement (PDA) and private development frameworks to select appropriate partners and advance a project early in the process. This panel dives deeper into the considerations of the model from a government and private sector perspective. When is a PDA/ private development appropriate? What are the key concerns and opportunities? The audience will develop a good framework of the key issues, as well as hear about national and international examples including the Miami Monorail Project, NeuConnect (Germany/ UK), and One Central in Chicago.

    Moderator
    John Dionisio, Partner, Meridiam Infrastructure

    Panel
    Alice Bravo, Director of Department of Transportation, Miami Dade County
    Colin Peppard, Senior Director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Thilo Rose, Senior Investment Director, Meridiam
    Serdar Tufekci, CEO, Ohio State Energy Partners, ENGIE North America

  5. 1:15 pm — 1:45 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in the Infrastructure Community

    Although progress has been made, there is clearly a need for greater industry inclusion. In this session we explore diversity in the P3 community -- What is it? Why is it needed? How do we promote it? Diversity initiatives, whether targeting racial, economic, gender, or cultural diversity, are needed to ensure our industry continues to evolve. We will address why everyone, whether owner, developer, construction worker or service provider, needs to prioritize eliminating bias and continue to make progress to achieve diversity and inclusion in hiring and in the workplace, whether at an individual’s company, at mediation, or in court. Our presenters will examine some of the challenges in accomplishing inclusion in the construction industry, especially at the leadership level. Through an open dialogue with the audience, we will all leave this event with a better understanding of what can be done to boost inclusion and diversity.

    Presenters
    Jack A. Callahan, CPA, Partner - Construction Industry Leader, CohnReznick
    Deidre Roberts, Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Transportation
    Marlon R. Smith, Managing Partner, JLC Infrastructure

  6. 1:15 pm — 1:45 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Oahu's Joint Base Pearl Harbor Transit Development

    Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) recently released a request for information (RFI) for industry’s perspective on how to best enhance 70 acres of ocean-view property located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The RFI for the “Little Makalapa” project offers two non-contiguous sites, both within walking distance of JBPHH and the planned Makalapa Transit Station. The Navy envisions a transit-oriented development that would be transformational for both Navy personnel and the island of Oahu as a whole. Join Navy leadership as they discuss their vision and goals for this project, which is likely to be one of the largest mixed-use TOD projects in the country.

    Presenters
    Josh Baker, Vice President Infrastructure and Energy, The Concourse Group
    Joe Calcara, Executive Director, Real Estate & Acquisition Modernization, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
    Branden Kiely, Vice President, The Concourse Group

  7. 1:15 pm — 1:45 pm

    Virtual Room 5: From Capital’s Perspective – What Might Be Possible Next Year

    In this conversation our panel will share insights on post-pandemic capital strategies, a general outlook for 2021, and provide thoughts on some of the major budgetary and capital asset management challenges to be faced in the market next year. Panel members will share their thinking on risk and provide assessments of some of the key factors the private sector considers when bidding on project opportunities. From this discussion the audience will gain a better understanding of what makes a project attractive and how investors think COVID may have alternated the nature of risk evaluation and project document requirements. While also learning about potential project red flags for bid teams, how public-sector procurers can avoid them, and ways they can try to get best results in a competitive process.

    Moderator
    Sia Kusha, Group Head, Project Development and Partnering, Plenary

    Presenters
    Larry Belinsky, Managing Director, Frasca & Associates, LLC
    Devin Phillips, Executive Director, UBS
    Scott Zuchorski, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings

  8. 2:00 pm — 2:30 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Airports, Highways and Transit: What’s Needed from Washington for COVID Recovery?

    With COVID cases again rising, lower travel and commuting numbers will continue to plague many of our transportation systems. Should Congress again come to the rescue? If so, what should that aid look like? Join leaders on the front lines of this debate as we discuss the prospects for Federal relief.

    Moderator
    Marshall Macomber, President / Senior Policy Advisor, ThinkP3 / AIAI

    Panel
    Art Guzetti, Vice President, Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy, APTA
    Susan Howard, Program Director for Transportation Finance / Director, AASHTO / BATIC Institute
    Annie Russo, Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs, Airports Council International

  9. 2:00 pm — 2:30 pm

    Virtual Room 2: How Cities and States Can Expand Their Infrastructure Delivery in Light of a Reduced Federal Role?

    What are the options for municipalities, states, and other public sector entities facing critical infrastructure needs? This session draws on lessons learned to explore financing solutions to infrastructure needs for which Federal funding is uncertain or unavailable. Drawing on their experience, representatives from public and private sector project sponsors, advisory firms, and banks will discuss situations where a Federal role is most appropriate and those where it is not.

    Moderator
    Judah Gluckman, Principal Consultant, U.S. Advisory Services, WSP

    Panel
    Lina Benedict, Loan Origination Manager, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
    Chris Elmore, Vice President, Goldman Sachs
    Martin Klepper, Chairman, Fengate US Infrastructure
    Frank Ramirez, Manager, Goods Movement and Sustainable Freight, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

  10. 2:00 pm — 2:30 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Meeting the Needs for the Nation's Water Infrastructure: Use of P3s

    The panel will take a high elevation look at the issue of using P3s in the development of the water infrastructure. With the potential for an infrastructure bill in the next Congress, it is timely that we talk to the issue of how P3s can and have been used by the non-Federal sector to support water related infrastructure.

    Moderator
    David Wegner, Senior Strategist, Woolpert

    Panel
    Marla Bleavins, Chief Financial Officer, Port of Los Angeles
    Geoff Bowman, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
    Ed Crooks, Senior Vice President, HNTB
    Mae Stevens, Executive Vice President, Signal Group

  11. 2:00 pm — 2:30 pm

    Virtual Room 4: A New Staged and Collaborative Approach to P3s: The Progressive P3

    This session will discuss an emerging staged contracting approach for P3 projects which (1) reduces the owner’s upfront costs and work for procuring a P3 partner; (2) gets the P3 partner on board earlier in the project development process; (3) gives the owner a greater role in the development of the project’s design, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance elements; and (4) maintains the basic design and performance risk transfer owners expect from a “conventional” P3 project. Under the “progressive” P3 delivery approach, the owner commences a qualifications based RFQ/RFP process where the proposers compete on technical and financial approach as well as on mark-up and profit for the definitive project work. Importantly, the proposers do not submit a definitive design or price during the procurement. The winning proposer is then engaged on a professional services basis to prepare a definitive project submittal based on a 60% design developed on a collaborative and partially or fully compensated basis. From there the owner and its P3 partner can negotiate a definitive project agreement, similar in scope and risk transfer to a conventional P3 project agreement (or utilize an off-ramp for the project if they are unable to reach an agreement). Strategies for maximizing competition within the context of these largely sole-source negotiations, including competition at the proposal stage and the definitive pricing stage, will be explored. Real-world examples will be presented from multiple infrastructure sectors, including the water and transportation sectors.

    Presenters
    Eric Petersen, Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
    Rick Sapir, Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP

  12. 2:00 pm — 2:30 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Silver Linings - COVID and Construction in Public Works Infrastructure

    This panel will explore the effects of public sector leadership during the COVID public health emergency, including how and when decisions were made and policies implemented which have shaped the construction industry response. Leadership in a crisis can provide a snapshot of who is at the helm. So too can it reflect how well the industry is prepared to react and respond.

    Examples of this can be found in public works collaborations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, and the redevelopment and modernization of both the Central Terminal Building and the Delta Airlines Terminal. Similarly, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been managing significant capital projects to upgrade and expand capacity for the century-old subway system. The panel will assess and discuss key decisions that have impacted how construction and investment partners and public agencies have been working to accelerate the delivery of these critical, multi-billion dollar projects, during the pandemic.

    Panel
    Catherine Sheridan, Lead for the Major Construction Review Unit and Transformation Project Manager, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Peter Chorman, R.A., General Manager, Delta Airlines, Inc.
    John Parkinson, Faculty, Construction Administration Program, Columbia University

  13. 2:15 pm — 3:00 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Federal Real Estate Outlook Under the New Administration

    As we emerge from one of the most contentious Presidential campaigns ever, we can expect to see a significant shift in Federal policy and direction under the new Biden Administration. But will this also hold true for Federal real estate? Over the past decade, there has been considerable bipartisan support for more effective management of the Federal portfolio.

    This session will focus on the outlook for Federal real estate under the incoming Administration. The discussion will examine overall trends in space utilization and the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will consider the Federal budget outlook and the impact on the Federal portfolio of owned and leased buildings. The session also will focus on large-scale headquarters consolidation projects and consider the prospects for lease scoring reform under a new Administration. Panelists also will discuss whether and how the current focus on Opportunity Zones, disposition of underutilized real estate, and other priorities will continue under the next Administration.

    Moderator
    Norman Dong, Managing Director, FD Stonewater, and former Commissioner of Public Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration

    Panel
    Dan Mathews, Commissioner of Public Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration
    Bob Peck, Government and Defense Leader, Gensler, and former Commissioner of Public Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration
    David Winstead, Attorney-At-Law, Ballard Spahr LLP, and former Commissioner of Public Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration

  14. 2:30 pm — 2:45 pm

    Networking Break / Virtual Expo Hall Tour / Digital 1 on 1s

    Special Thanks to Our 2020 Co-Chair Sponsor: 

  15. 2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Federal Agency Coordination to Streamline P3 Project Development

    Adequate and consistent financing is one of the largest obstacles facing those working to protect and restore watersheds. While the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program is widely known for supporting gray wastewater infrastructure projects for publicly owned treatment works, many are not aware of the vast array of activities that the program can finance to address nonpoint source pollution. The US Forest Service has been working on a Source Water Protection Financing Strategy which, in part, involves pursuing US EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund financing at a broader scale to finance watershed-scale projects. In this panel, representatives from the US EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund, US Forest Service, and the Arizona Water Infrastructure Finance Authority will discuss opportunities to coordinate and leverage public, private, and NGO financing in partnership for projects that improve and protect water quality on a watershed basis.

    Moderator
    Kelly Tucker, Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA

    Panel
    Jonas Epstein, Conservation Finance Project Specialist, US Forest Service
    Lindsey Jones, Environmental Program Supervisor, WIFA of AZ
    Mariya Pak, ORISE Research Fellow, US Forest Service

  16. 2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Recent Federal Case Studies: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    The Federal government was involved in these two very different projects, and the panel of experts will discuss timeless issues like law, money, and politics. Looking forward, the panelists will discuss managing these complex projects through the COVID environment. They will share innovations discovered through the challenges of limited mobility and limited personal contact. This is an interactive discussion, so the audience is invited and expected to join in with questions.

    Moderator
    Jason Klumb, Attorney/Advisor, Jason Klumb LLC; former Regional Administrator/SES, US General Services Administration

    Panel
    Allison Azevedo, Deputy Commissioner of Public Buildings Service, US General Services Administration
    Kevin Breslin, President, Bannister Transformation & Development
    Tracy Henke, Former Senior Staffer / Vice President of Government Relations & Protocol, Kennedy Center
    Robert Zarnetske, Former Regional Administrator / Town Manager, US General Services Administration / South Kingston, RI

  17. 2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Bridging the Digital Divide - Broadband and the Role of P3

    The acute need to bridge the digital divide has been exposed during the COVID-19 crisis. Too many people, in both urban and rural communities, lack the connectivity, devices, or knowledge to learn, work, or seek medical attention online, and all of this is impacting the economy. But municipalities and states can leverage several models of collaboration with the private sector to help bridge these gaps. This session explores state and municipal options to tackle the digital divide and explores public-private partnership (P3) models that can help deploy the required telecommunications and mentoring infrastructure.

    Moderator
    Marc Powell, Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

    Panel
    Kevin Brown, Digital Divide Task Force Leader, EY
    Devin Campbell, Assistant Vice President, Plenary Group
    Trish Kelly, Managing Director, Valley Vision
    Jordan Sun, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San José, CA

  18. 2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

    Virtual Room 5: P3s Role in Resilient Reconstruction Post-Disasters

    In the past few years, Puerto Rico has seen severe hurricanes, a major earthquake, and the COVID pandemic. The confluence of these events has been layered on an already fragile economic and political situation. While the scene seems dire, it has also been an opportunity to reimagine the future. This session focuses on the role of P3 in resilient reconstruction post-disasters. With significant CDBG-DR funds assigned after the hurricanes and the subsequent creation of COR3 – the Government of Puerto Rico’s Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency Disaster Recovery transparency portal – the Island is poised for significant investment. We will discuss the current state of funding, the strategy behind the housing reconstruction process, how to use this opportunity to build with resilience, and what are the P3 investment opportunities.

    Moderator
    Yanel de Angel, Principal, Perkins&Will / Co-Founder, resilientSEE-PR

    Panel
    Laurie Schoeman, National Director, Resilience and Disaster Recovery Enterprise Community Partners
    Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Architect / Developer, founding Partner & CEO of Álvarez‐Díaz & Villalon Architecture & Interior Design, Co-Founder resilientSEE-PR
    Dr. Fernando Gil-Enseñat, former Secretary of Housing, currently Director, Alvarez & Marsal

  19. 3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

    Virtual Room 1: WIFIA Borrower Panel

    EPA’s WIFIA program issued this year’s Notice of Funding Availability for $6 billion in credit, which has the capacity to finance up to $12bn of water infrastructure projects. Last year EPA had available loans totaling approximately $5 billion to help finance over $10 billion in water infrastructure investments. To date, WIFIA has closed 32 loans totaling $6.3 billion in credit assistance to help finance $13.8 billion for water infrastructure projects, this panel brings together the EPA and successful borrowers and advisors to discuss WIFIA and public-private partnerships. Topics will include recommendations for the formal application process, potential pitfalls, lessons learned, and how WIFIA can best facilitate P3 water projects.

    Moderator
    Arielle Gerstein, WIFIA Program Manager, US EPA

    Panel
    Sarah Frey, Director, PFM Financial Advisors LLC
    Erin Girardi, Capital Programs Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
    Richard Morales, Debt Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
    Lisa M. Tarufelli, Finance Administrator, Department of Public Utilities, Salt Lake City Corporation

  20. 3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

    Virtual Room 2: The Impact of P3 on Transit Recovery

    Public transit has been hit hard by COVID, and is struggling to respond to a range of simultaneous challenges including major budget pressures, safety improvements and other operational challenges, and infrastructure and maintenance backlogs that predated the pandemic. Some cities and agencies have turned to public-private partnerships to provide capital, technological, and operational solutions and power transit's recovery from the current crisis. Panelists will highlight recent examples of promising partnerships that help transit agencies deliver safe, affordable, sustainable, and reliable transit for their populations. Join a discussion on how P3 can support transit as they work to increase ridership in the wake of COVID.

    Moderator
    Sallye Perrin, Senior Vice President, WSP

    Panel
    Joe Aiello, Chairman, Fiscal and Management Control Board / Senior Fellow, MBTA / Meridiam Infrastructure
    Jeremy Ebie, Founder & Managing Partner, Phoenix Infrastructure Group
    Josh Goldman, Director of Strategy, VIA

  21. 3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

    Virtual Room 3: A Template for Instilling Confidence in the Procurement Process: A Bidder’s Perspective

    No question is too simple when starting a procurement. A P3 procurement model is a combination of design, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance. In this panel we discuss the key issues that owners must consider when conducting a project procurement - structuring the agreement, conducting a fair and competitive procurement process, and negotiating a final agreement that is transparent and protects the public interest. Panelists will review best practices and new approaches to procurement in the context of public-private partnerships; and consider how owners can most effectively structure risk transfer in design and construction costs, operational and maintenance challenges, and factors that can impact value for money analysis.

    Moderator
    John Smolen, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Presenters
    John Keegan, Vice President, Gilbane Development Company
    Jodie Misiak, Assistant Vice President and Strategic Initiatives Manager, Advisory Services, WSP
    Michael Rueger, Vice President, Star America Infrastructure Partners

  22. 3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Avoiding Pitfalls: Some Common Characteristics of Stalled or Failed P3 Projects

    Every leader wants the projects they champion to thrive and to deliver services, job opportunities, and amenities to their communities. Despite the best ideas, staff, and intentions; however, some project visions are never realized. This session brings together public and private leaders to discuss major political, financial, and structural stumbling blocks that cause projects to stall or be canceled. Use these lessons learned as you conceptualize a P3 project.

    Moderator
    Daughan Pitts, Director, Hayat Brown

    Panel
    Jon Conant, Director, Public Private Partnerships, Texas Facilities Commission
    Rodney Moss, Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies
    Jen Boss, Senior Director, Hayat Brown

  23. 3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

    Virtual Room 5: Impacts of COVID on Federal Workspace Requirements

    In 2019, the Department of Veterans Administration (VA) Central Office initiated an effort to fully study its owned and leased office space within Washington, DC. The VA subsequently developed an optimization phasing strategy with the goals of improving space efficiency, growing in place, and reducing rent payment. COVID’s great telework experiment has created an opportunity for the VA to revisit their pre-COVID optimization plans to re-frame how they are thinking about office utilization and the types of spaces staff really need. This session will delve into the comprehensive space optimization process before and after COVID to discuss how other public agencies can apply the process and lessons learned (so far) to best define their requirements.

    Moderator
    Anna Shapiro, Senior Vice President, Craddock Group

    Panel
    Joe Nassar, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
    Erin Conner-Diven, Design Manager, Gensler

  24. 4:15 pm — 5:15 pm

    Networking Happy Hour

    Special Thanks to Our 2020 Program Partner:

  25. 5:15 pm

    Day 1 Concludes

Day 2 - Thursday, December 10, 2020
(Note: All Times Shown in EST)

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  1. 12:00 pm — 12:45 pm

    Opening Session – A Fireside Chat with Jim Ray and Rodney Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

    Join us for this virtual fireside chat between Jim Ray, former USDOT Senior Advisor and HNTB Corporate President and former Secretary Slater on potential pathways forward for American infrastructure. They will also discuss some of the major political, policy, and project developments likely to define the US P3 experience in 2021.

    Presenters
    Jim Ray, Corporate President, HNTB
    Rodney E. Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

  2. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 1: The Future of American Infrastructure

    What is really happening with large-scale public infrastructure in the United States? And, how will a change in the White House impact Federal policy and programs moving forward? We continue our program with a lively discussion around the current state of the market and predictions about the future as panelists share their insight into the challenges, opportunities, and solutions that industry can rally around to ensure that State and local governments can continue to embrace the P3 model and continue to look for viable options to deliver on their infrastructure needs.

    Moderator
    Adie Tomer, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute

    Panel
    DJ Gribbin, Founder, Madrus
    Martin Klepper, Chairman, Fengate US Infrastructure
    Mike Parker, Americas Infrastructure Leader, Strategy and Transactions, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

  3. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Driving Private Sector Investment in Mass Transit Infrastructure

    Historically, the U.S. has had the world's most extensive infrastructure system but lags the rest of the world in passenger rail and mass transit infrastructure. With mass transit agencies around the country experiencing their worst crisis in decades as a result of COVID-19 and related mobility restrictions and subsidies becoming less reliable, local governments are increasingly turning to the private sector to develop and invest in mass transit infrastructure. Join us for a discussion of transit P3 projects in the United States and the key factors required to drive greater private sector investment in mass transit infrastructure.

    Moderator
    Michael Lexton, Managing Director and Head of Transportation, UBS Financial Services Inc.

    Panel
    Greg Kitscha, Investment Director, John Laing
    Nick Phillips, Investment Director, Meridiam
    Jenifer Ross-Amato, Principal Consultant, WSP
    Jacob Vallo, Head of the Office of Transit Oriented Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

  4. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Maximizing Benefits Through True Partnership for Water P3s

    P3 is becoming the procurement method of choice by an increasing number of governments, states, and municipalities because it maximizes project value and enables optimal risks and costs sharing with the private sector. When it comes to water treatment projects, risk allocation achieved through a true partnership can make the difference between a successful project and a failing one.

    The complexity entailed in designing, constructing, operating, and financing a water treatment plant requires expertise, know-how, and experience. Choosing the right partner to enable and support such a project, under the most compatible P3 structure, contributes to an optimal life-cycle cost through shorter execution time, seamless water supply, efficient operation, and most importantly - providing lifelong water security.

    In this session IDE, after decades of building and operating large-scale and small-scale water desalination and water treatment facilities, joins us to share more on how to ensure a true and successful partnership.

    Presenter
    Lior Croll, Business Development Manager, IDE

  5. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Working with Government Agencies to Implement Transportation P3s

    The use and success of P3s has varied from jurisdiction to jurisdiction (and in many cases within the same jurisdiction) in recent years. Experience is now available to identify areas of success and areas that need to be enhanced. In the transportation sector, what sorts of projects have traction to move forward or have reached the finish line and why? Experts from the Build America Bureau and state DOTs will be brought together to discuss their programs and their projects. These experts will then be led in a discussion of what is needed from all sides of the P3 process to meet expectations and create a successful outcome.

    Moderator
    Mark Polston, Assistant Vice President, WSP

    Panel
    Michael R. Bonini, Director, Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Office, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    Duane Callender, Director, Credit Programs Office, Build America Bureau
    Thomas A. Sherman, Deputy Director, VDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships, Commonwealth of Virginia

  6. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 5: Broadband P3s: Challenges and Opportunities

    The enormous potential for broadband P3s is still out there but is yet to be realized. The size of the market potential is huge and is further illuminated by the criticality of broadband presented by the pandemic. Building on their deep experience in broadband infrastructure and P3s, the panelists will address strategies for pioneering public-private arrangements considering the unique considerations of this infrastructure class.

    Moderator
    Marcel Ham, Principal, Rebel

    Panel
    Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy
    Bryan Kendro, Senior Program Management Consultant, RS&H
    Chris Miller, Partner, Ice Miller

  7. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 1: A P3 Conversation Across Agencies

    This session is a conversation with representatives from Federal agencies focused on P3s. How are different departments approaching partnerships and addressing infrastructure? What sorts of P3s are likely to be encouraged? What policy direction is being developed? What are possible uses for P3s? In this discussion, panelists will discuss their agencies’ policy approaches to P3s, where they perceive opportunities for the model, and what they think is likely to change going forward.

    Moderator
    David Wegner, Senior Strategist, Woolpert

    Panel
    Jorianne Jernberg, Director, WIFIA Program, EPA
    Aaron Snyder, WIFIA and P3 Program Development Team Lead, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Robert Wolf, Director of Program and Budget, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

  8. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Ready, Set, Whoa! Upcoming Political, Policy, and Project Developments in Kansas City

    Everything’s up to date in Kansas City, well almost! The Kansas City International Airport new terminal is under construction. What started as a P3 shifted back to a more conventional project delivery. The panelists will discuss the early days of that project, with a perspective on who and what mattered. Using this case as a conversation starter, the expert panel will take lessons learned and speak to upcoming political, policy, and project developments, including the future of work and GSA’s Workplace 2030.

    Moderator
    Jason Klumb, Attorney/Advisor, Jason Klumb LLC; former Regional Administrator/SES, US General Services Administration

    Panel
    Dan Mathews, Commissioner of Public Buildings Service, US General Services Administration
    Adam Sachs, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
    Troy Schulte, County Manager, Jackson County, Missouri
    Joni Wickham, former Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, currently with Wickham/James Consulting

  9. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 3: How Transportation Infrastructure Catalyzes Community-Led Development

    Our neighborhood needs more community parks and common spaces that represent the heart and soul of Black L.A. Developed through a three-year community engagement process, Destination Crenshaw will create a vibrant public space that will unapologetically display the significant contributions of Black L.A. onto one of the most iconic streets in this city, state, and our country and serve as an economic incubator for residents and legacy businesses. Learn about how a community responded to a rail line extension with a transformative public arts and culture development.

    Moderator
    Gabrielle Bullock, Principal & Director of Global Diversity, Perkins&Will

    Panel
    Jason Foster, President & Chief Operating Officer, Destination Crenshaw
    Dr. Joy Simmons, Senior Art Advisor, Destination Crenshaw
    Kenneth Luker, Design Principal, Perkins&Will

  10. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 4: The Role of Technology in Driving Infrastructure Innovation

    Infrastructure development today needs to innovative and efficient. Meeting these goals requires the implementation of smart, connected solutions that simultaneously contribute to an enhanced user experience, improved energy, and operational efficiencies, and provide a positive impact to the bottom line for owners and operators. In this session, the panel will discuss the holistic approach used to design, execute, and manage certain facilities so that the asset remains best-in-class.

    Moderator
    Sielen Namdar, BD Executive, Smart & Connected Communities, Cisco

    Presenters
    Luigi La Corte, Director, Plenary Group
    Kathryn Roos, Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer, District Department of Transportation
    Waiching Wong, Transit Partnerships Agency Lead, Uber

  11. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 5: Meeting or Exceeding MWDBE Goals on Public Sector Projects

    How can the public sector close the gap between the MWDBE goal expectations and outcomes? How can the procurement process be leveraged to position your agency for success pre-procurement? Join us for this panel as we explore how MWBDE utilization can be increased by a reconsideration of common assumptions and practices. We will examine how traditional procurement approaches have hindered utilization outcome, and review how MWDBE equity can add significant value to goal outcomes. Panel members will discuss how good faith efforts must evolve beyond outreach to achieve project outcomes, and examine new models that can lead to significant MWDBE outcomes. Join experienced thought leaders with deep understanding of public procurement and the intersection of MWBE, as we discuss best practices, policies, and processes utilized by best-in-class MWBE and supplier diversity programs.

    Moderator
    Yousef R. Salama, Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

    Panel
    Caryn J. G. Brookman l Principal, Blackwater Environmental Group
    Carolina Coppolo, Executive Officer, Vendor/Contract Management. Los Angeles County Metro Transportation Authority
    Meshelle M.V. Howard, MCA Director, Small Business Programs Small Business Programs Office, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

  12. 2:00 pm — 2:15 pm

    Networking Break / Virtual Expo Hall Tour / Digital 1 on 1s

    Special Thanks to Our 2020 Diamond Sponsors: 

  13. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Partnership Models for Community Revitgralization, Resiliency, and Restoration

    In this session, the panel will discuss applying partnership solutions to state, municipal, and city initiatives for green and resilient infrastructure and community revitalizations and restorations. These innovative partnership solutions generate potential investment in green infrastructure initiatives that can provide for local economic growth and improved quality of life in urban and underserved communities - often creating public benefits on private property. Presenters will further consider why the model requires a strong, long-term partnership between the municipality and the private partner; and how that leads to shared risk burden and greater accountability, by reinvesting cost savings and revenues to create a pool of funds for future projects. By incorporating community revitalization and restoration needs into the plan through a focus on green and resilient infrastructure, the panel will explore how community-based public-private partnerships evolve the traditional P3 contractual mechanism into a partnership that is focused on improving service, providing cost advantage, transfer risk, achieving public policy goals, protecting the environment, and raising a community’s quality of life.

    Moderator
    Francesca McCann, Business Development Director, InfraManagement Group

    Panel
    Sean Agid, Partnership Catalyst, Corvias
    Irela Bagué, President, Bagué Group
    Jeffrey Diehl, CEO & Executive Director, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
    Michael Patella, Former Senior Policy Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency

  14. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 2: New District Energy P3 Projects

    District energy systems can deliver a range of benefits including higher efficiency and lower costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, increased useable space in buildings by eliminating traditional systems, and reduced management time and costs. Although district energy systems are in operation across the US in various technical, operational, financial, legal, and risk structures, including P3s, district energy is relatively underutilized. As the country’s crumbling infrastructure is being replaced, combined with urban migration, opportunities for P3 district energy projects continue to grow. This session’s panel of experts will discuss the outlook for new district energy P3 projects in the US, past technical, operational, and financial experiences, municipal P3 procurements, and lessons learned from successful and problematic projects.

    Moderator
    Michael Palmieri, President, p3point

    Panel
    John Givens, Director, Development, ENGIE
    Raam Pandey, Vice President, Corporate Development, Enwave
    Greg Southam, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
    Dan Weisser, Program Manager, Jacobs

  15. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Rail Projects Generations in the Making - How It Happened

    The Northwest Indiana rail projects (the West Lake Corridor and the Double Tracking of the South Shore Line) are two FTA – CIG New Starts Projects that have received, and are on track to receive, full funding grant agreements from the FTA. These projects were discussed for at least two generations in northwest Indiana but could never achieve the amount of support necessary to push forward. Bill Hanna, the President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority led the initiative from a visionary perspective, which coordinated local support and state sponsorship in a bipartisan manner. From the over 20 revenue sources pledged to the capital initiative locally (with varying credit strengths), to the innovation of the tri-party agreement at the state level, to the altering landscape from the FTA from a Federal match standpoint to building up and drafting the first transit-oriented development statute in Indiana, these rail projects are estimated to have over a $3B direct economic impact to northwest Indiana.

    In this session, we welcome Development Authority and Counsel to discuss key steps in these projects and the bipartisan coalition-building which achieved the necessary commitments for funding support from the state and locals while cultivating alignment of interests in a politically sensitive region with stakeholders including a senior Congressman and state and federal administration officials to achieve these results during a contentious Presidential election year and a global pandemic.

    Presenters
    Bill Hanna, President and CEO, Northwest Indiana Regional Development
    Sebastian Smelko, Partner, Ice Miller

  16. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 4: How Risks Get Assessed Post-Pandemic

    The coronavirus outbreak and the unprecedented measures to contain it resulted in the suspension, delay, or material slow down for many projects under construction. How the impacts of these delays are contractually addressed varies by project and protracted negotiations will persist for some time for many existing projects. New projects in procurement must address coronavirus related risks upfront, which has delayed and even canceled some projects. The future project pipeline could be in jeopardy as public entities delay or cancel large capital projects to focus on preserving cash resources. Projects are also exposed to the weakening credit quality of construction companies that will also be unwilling to take fixed-price contract risk without appropriate risk allocation to mitigate coronavirus related risks, reducing the potential pool of bidders. Presenters will discuss the impact of this year’s events in terms of risk, contracts, and the potential for new terms and structures to address previously unconsidered forms of risk and expectations for how it will be addressed moving forward.

    Moderator
    Chuck Wall, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Panel
    Jahred Kallop, Investment Director, Star America Infrastructure Partners
    John Medina, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Team, Moody's Investors Service
    David Stegeman, Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of M&A and Real Estate, Michels Corporation

  17. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 5: Providing Financing for Rural Transportation with the TIFIA Rural Project Initiative

    Rural communities frequently find it challenging to identify the financial resources required to fund critical infrastructure projects, which are key to improving the economy and the quality of life of all Americans. Over the past few years, the US Department of Transportation has emphasized rural transportation and focused on how rural project sponsors can tangibly enhance the safety and economic competitiveness of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the country, including the creation of the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative to consolidate rural resources within DOT and increase access to DOT’s discretionary funding opportunities. The Build America Bureau, DOT’s one-stop-shop for credit programs, extended its programs to rural borrowers with the TIFIA Rural Projects Initiative (RPI). Eligible RPI projects can receive a loan for up to 49% of eligible project costs at one-half of the US Treasury rate. This session will include an overview of the program and a presentation from a recent RPI loan recipient, the Monterey-Salinas Transit District.

    Presenters
    Dan Schned, Head of Project Development, Build America Bureau
    Carl Sedoryk, CEO, Monterey-Salinas Transit District
    Lisa Rheinheimer, Assistant General Manager, Monterey-Salinas Transit District

  18. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Session 1: How Transit Agencies are Recovering from COVID: Lessons from the Front Lines

    From making immediate operational changes to rethinking O&M nuts and bolts going forward, most public transit agencies are in recovery and future-proofing mode in a pandemic and post-pandemic world. Ridership around the country has dropped more than 75% and without federal assistance, most systems may never recover. How will the unchanged capital improvements be funded? How quickly should we be moving on capital needs when on-the-ground reality changes so quickly? Join us for essential “lessons learned” from the front lines, as well as and hopes for the future under the new administration, with an expert panel of big-city transit agencies.

    Moderator
    Jenifer Ross-Amato, Principal Consultant, WSP

    Panel
    Shyam Kannan, Vice President of Planning , WMATA
    Alistair Sawers, Senior Director of Rail Transformation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Bay
    Dr. Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metropolitan Transit Authority
    Jacob Vallo, Senior Director of TOD & Real Estate, MARTA

  19. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Session 2: Your Project Readiness Checklist: Preparing for the Recovery in 2021

    While the severe revenue and fiscal impacts of COVID-19 are driving public agencies to defer and suspend capital projects, planners will also have to contend with the “cost of doing nothing” when factoring in an unexpected failure of old infrastructure and damage caused by natural disasters. Capital expenditures will occur one way or another for most, and in 2021 and beyond smart planning is more critical than ever. In this presentation, we will explore the ingredients for successful project planning in a “do more with less” reality of innovative project delivery approaches. We will discuss how elements in planning and deal structuring specifically helped expedite schedules, reduce costs, bridge funding gaps, and ensure successful long-term asset management.

    Presenters
    Korin Crawford, EVP, Griffin|Swinerton
    Seth Merewitz, Partner, Best & Kreiger LLP

  20. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Session 3: Bridging the Divide: Promoting Equity through P3 Projects

    The ongoing 2020 election has demonstrated an asymmetrical split in this country’s political ideology. The incoming Biden administration has the tough task of unifying the country despite the campaign season’s polarizing rhetoric. Infrastructure can be the great unifier. Horizontal and social infrastructure stretch across our communities within concern for political party. Let’s discuss how policies targeting infrastructure development (design, funding, labor, etc.) can promote equity within our communities.

    Moderator
    Jay Brown, Chairman and Managing Director, Hayat Brown

    Panel
    Clemmie (C.L.) Harris, Ph.D., Director of Africana Studies and Assistant Professor, University of Utica/U Penn
    Brian Dugan, Managing Director, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate

  21. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Session 4: Social Infrastructure P3’s & Public Engagement Success Strategies

    Engagement is critical to any P3 project, but even more so for social infrastructure projects – schools, libraries, assembly facilities, government centers – that often represent the most visible expression of public goods and community services. Do not make the mistake of overlooking the need to have a comprehensive public engagement and communications plan for these projects, and the role this plan can play in reducing risks and the prospects of delay. This panel will discuss best practices and lessons learned related to the role of public engagement on social infrastructure projects and its role in:

    Defining a project’s scope, schedule, and budget 
    Informing the business case for the project 
    Explaining the P3 value proposition to the general population and engaging stakeholders
    Attaining and sustaining support for a project 
    Identifying the approvals and entitlements strategy   
    Establishing communication channels for use during construction

    Moderator
    Beth Penfield, Senior Associate, Brailsford & Dunlavey

    Panel
    Steve Collins, President, CFP3
    Christian Rhodes, Chief of Staff, Prince George’s County Public Schools

  22. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Session 5: Solutions for an Adaptive City Core

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on how we construct, utilize, and fund infrastructure. Adaptive city cores are essential as we move forward and learn how spaces and places are being utilized. Financing technology and infrastructure enhancements have always been a challenge for the municipal space. Alternative funding mechanisms are being embraced at a rapid speed, due to antiquated building stock and recovery efforts from the pandemic draining public budgets. We will discuss how the pandemic affects customers funding technology and other solutions that will enable projects to progress. Also, to be examined: how can new technology and processes & partners provide confidence to visitors, office workers, or students so that they will remain safe in their current environments.

    Moderator
    Lisa A. Brown, Senior Director, Municipal Infrastructure & Smart Communities, Advanced Solutions, Johnson Controls

    Panel
    Faye Di Massimo, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
    Jed Freedlander, Head of Business Development, Phoenix Infrastructure
    Jillian Jaeger, Office of Innovation, City of Colorado Springs

  23. 3:45 pm — 4:15 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Green Banks: Building Resiliency in Your Community

    The concept of green banking or green initiatives taken by banks is making technological improvements, operational improvements, and changing client habits in the banking sector. It means promoting environmental-friendly practices and reducing the carbon footprint of banking activities. Green banks use financing not grants. Financing means that capital is eventually expected to be returned or repaid, and this helps to maximize the impact of each dollar that a green bank deploys. Because of this approach, green banks focus on markets where there is potential for payback. This panel will focus on how these growing institutions can benefit and support P3s.

    Moderator
    Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director, Coalition for Green Capital

    Panel
    Bert Hunter, Chief Investment Officer, Connecticut Green Bank
    Rima Kasia Oueid, Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy
    Jay Lurie, Chief Investment Officer, DC Green Bank
    Stephen Morel, Chief Investment Officer, Montgomery County Green Bank

  24. 3:45 pm — 4:15 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Tax Policy and Infrastructure – What to Understand in a P3

    Tax, and the impact of tax policy on every aspect of infrastructure project delivery, has always been a critical part of any P3. As a new day for infrastructure and tax policy is dawning here in Washington, DC, what can owners, investors, and operators expect? Please join this panel of infrastructure tax policy experts as they discuss topics including opportunity zones and treatment of investment income.

    Moderator
    Seth Miller Gabriel, Director, BDO

    Panel
    Jack A. Callahan, CPA, Partner - Construction Industry Leader, CohnReznick
    Gregory V. Johnson, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
    Alison Torres, Tax Principal, BDO

  25. 3:45 pm — 4:15 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Resiliency at the City Level - What We Can Learn from Our Nation's Capital

    Planning for the future is key to the resiliency and longevity of any place – whether that place be a single building, a campus, or even an entire city. Planning and implementation of resilient solutions for places can be looked at in the short, medium, and long term as a way to incrementally build-in change and adaption over time. For example - are there major changes to climate, codes, or other outside sources that can be predicted and planned for over the long term? This would campuses, cities, and states to adapt their infrastructure over time and properly budget for it over time. In this session, we will look closely at the resiliency planning of Washington, DC, and discuss portable examples that can apply to your own planning.

    Presenters
    Amy Thompson, Project Manager / Urban Planner, Perkins&Will
    Melissa Deas, Climate Ready DC Manager, DC Department of Energy and Environment

  26. 3:45 pm — 4:15 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Capturing Incremental Value in Existing Assets: A Biogas Snapshot

    In this limited public resource environment, the panel discussion will focus on the potential for biogas capture opportunities and low-cost options to leverage existing assets and create incremental revenue streams. Looking within P3 delivery models, the panel will review the spectrum of the risk/reward trade-offs for municipalities, some key structuring options and examples, and cash preserving execution alternatives. The discussion will include a review of the current RIN and LCFS markets and the risks and opportunities in this regulatory driven economic model.

    Presenters
    Michael Brown, Founder & Principal, Aspen Capital
    David Magahey, Managing Director, Forecourt Advisors
    John Willis, Vice President, Wastewater Solutions, Brown & Caldwell

  27. 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Networking Happy Hour

    Special Thanks to Our 2020 Diamond Sponsors: 

  28. 5:30 pm

    Day 2 Concludes

Day 3 - Friday, December 11, 2020
(Note: All Times Shown in EST)

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  1. 12:00 pm — 12:45 pm

    Mayor's Panel - Advancing Initiatives: How Major Projects Are Getting Done

    For today's opening session, we have invited mayors from across the country for a conversation on their offices’ ap­proach to key infrastructure priorities. Our distinguished panel will share details on major projects, how they have fared through the pandemic, and also provide an outlook for the application of the P3 model in future capital asset planning.

    Moderator
    DJ Gribbin, Founder, Madrus

    Panel
    Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
    Quentin Hart, Mayor, Waterloo, IA
    Lauren McLean, Mayor, Boise, ID

  2. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Energy Infrastructure Solutions in Practice

    The session will focus on overcoming the scale and capital costs of transitioning to a 21st Century energy system. Many agencies and operators of public buildings face challenges obtaining funding and expertise in their efforts to upgrade energy systems. Institutional challenges include converting to cleaner sources of energy, improving reliability and resiliency, adding new generation capacity, and reducing operations and maintenance costs. As owners seek new forms of partnerships to shift development and operational risk, create sources of efficiency equity, and access alternative sources of capital, we discuss effective strategies and the panel's near-term outlook. Join us for this conversation where we will also review various structures available, the pros and cons of each method, and lessons learned from recent projects.

    Moderator
    John Medina, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Team, Moody's Investors Service

    Panel
    Matt Coady, Director, Plenary Group
    Vanessa Eckert, Public Sector and Infrastructure, Goldman Sachs
    Gordon Judd, General Manager & Operations Sustainability, Clearway Energy

  3. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Critical Factors To Preparing A Successful Procurement

    As you look to deliver on your capital project and maintenance needs during the downturn, what elements should you focus on to ensure that you have chosen the right delivery model for procurement? The P3 model brings many benefits over traditional delivery models. Join us for an overview of the critical issues that must be addressed to ensure your project’s success and how you can deploy specific strategies when utilizing alternative project delivery models.

    Moderator
    Tim Treharne, Principal, ARUP

    Panel
    Dan Dennis, Vice President and P3 Advisor, STADIA Technical Advisors
    Gillian Schloss, Assistant Vice President, Project Delivery, Plenary Group
    Mary Scott Nabers, President, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

  4. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 3: How Can Installations Build Resiliency with Micro-Grids Following the Navy Model?

    Energy managers must reach out to utilities and private sector experts to collaborate on initiatives to reduce vulnerabilities, add redundancy, and improve energy management. Join Navy leadership as they discuss past projects where they have leveraged new technologies, relationships, and processes to increase resilience while reducing costs.

    Moderator
    Branden Kiely, Vice President, The Concourse Group LLC

    Panel
    Josh Baker, Vice President Energy Division, The Concourse Group LLC
    Matt Haupt, Energy Division Director, PW8 NAVFAC

  5. 12:45 pm — 1:15 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Points of Pressure and Opportunity in the New Year

    Nationwide public entities are confronting unprecedented uncertainty, with tightening operational and funding constraints, because of the COVID-19 crisis and current economic recession. States, counties, and municipalities face the need to build or refurbish infrastructure of all kinds to meet the needs of growing populations and changing work and schooling scenarios. But out of crisis comes opportunity. In this conversation, we will cover a few of these challenges and opportunities as we explore some of the experiences and lessons learned, and discuss whether the impact of COVID-19 on capital budgets opens the door for alternative procurement / private sector capital in driving forwards infrastructure renewal and delivery during this difficult time.

    Moderator
    Yousef R. Salama, Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

    Panel
    Sam Beydoun, PMP, DBIA Project Development Lead, The Build America Bureau
    Michael Mills, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada
    Colin Peppard, Senior Director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  6. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Let’s Not Lose Sight of These, Folks: Sensible Infrastructure Public Policy for Everyone

    Americans can reasonably expect President Biden to follow through on platform positions relating to infrastructure. The Biden Administration’s published public policy clearly favors resilience, transit, and rail. But further to President Biden’s broader objective of inclusivity, infrastructure policy should not lose sight of additional positions that simply make sense. Comprehensive infrastructure policy is vital and sensible public policy. This panel assembles non-partisan infrastructure professionals, spanning disciplines and infrastructure spaces, each of whom works day-after-day on the implementation of infrastructure projects and in the P3 sphere. The purpose of the panel is to highlight and argue for the practical and apolitical advantages to the United States of infrastructure policies not (yet) straightforwardly part of President Biden’s infrastructure platform.

    Moderator
    John Smolen, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Panel
    Jenny Barket, Principal Consultant, WSP
    Helen Pinkston-Pope, Senior Counsel, Georgia Department of Transportation
    Laura Rogers, Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Ray
    Jason Washington, Director, Public-Private Partnerships Program, Prince George's County Public Schools

  7. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Green Financing Programs - Catalyzing the Private Sector

    Join program managers and loan officers from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GO-Biz) in a discussion about green financing. With more and more state’s climate goals clearly defined, ambitious, and requiring unprecedented investment that exceeds what the public sector alone can spend; we discuss how the public sector must also catalyze the private sector to do its part to achieve the scale of the transformation required to meet our climate goals. Join us for the panel to learn about green financing through direct loans, bonds, other financing programs seeking capitalization including the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund, and how GO-Biz has specifically dedicated a team and resources to accelerate zero-emission vehicle market growth.

    Moderator
    Lina Benedict, Loan Origination Manager, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

    Panel
    Dan Adler, Senior Advisor, California IBank and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
    Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, ZEV Market Development, California Office of Business and Economic Development
    Fariba Khoie, Bond Unit Manager, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

  8. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Internet Access as a Civil Rights Challenge

    The lack of high-speed internet access in the current environment is a challenge for many communities throughout the United States today. Lack of such access limits educational, employment, healthcare, and civic engagement opportunities. The digital divide in both rural and urban areas represents a modern civil rights challenge that continues to leave millions of Americans behind. This panel will examine the problem and will discuss possible solutions.

    Moderator
    Seth Miller Gabriel, Director, BDO

    Panel
    Jay Brown, Managing Director, Hayat Brown
    Chelsea Collier, Founder, Digi.City
    Scott Rasmussen, Assistant Vice President, Empire State Development

  9. 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Virtual Room 4: The Future of High Speed Ground Transportation: The Hyperloop Public-Private Pilot Project (“P4”)

    This session will focus of the current status and development of Hyperloop transportation, featuring a description of the Hyperloop Certification Center Pilot Project recently announced by Virgin Hyperloop. This advanced technology ground transportation center will be located in West Virginia near the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The project will incorporate technology development, system testing, and certification for movement of freight and passengers, and create a pilot project with a six+ mile long Hyperloop tube as the first step in a large-scale connectivity program between the Midwest and the Washington DC region. The project is a public-private undertaking, with a Memorandum of Understanding already executed between the State of West Virginia Development Office, the West Virginia University, Western Pocahontas Properties, and Virgin Hyperloop. This session will explore hyperloop technology, funding and financing for the program, and the ways in which this unique public-private partnership for technology development and deployment was crafted.

    Moderator
    Michael Schneider, Vice President of Project Development, Virgin Hyperloop and Managing Director, InfraStrategies LLC

    Panel
    Sarah Biller, Executive Director, Vantage Ventures – West Virginia University
    Ryan Kelly, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Virgin Hyperloop
    Sharon Greene, Managing Principal, InfraStrategies LLC and Chair, Committee on Public-Private Partnerships, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

  10. 2:00 pm — 2:15 pm

    15 Minute Break: Virtual Expo Hall Tour / Digital 1 on 1s

    Special Thanks to Our 2020 Platinum Sponsors:

  11. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 1: The Impact of OMB Scoring on Our Nation's Infrastructure

    The deteriorating condition of our Federal assets is an ongoing challenge for our Nation. The impact of these non-maintained and underutilized properties has a huge cost and safety impact on end-users. P3s can provide a solution to these critical infrastructure challenges by incorporating private capital and investment into public assets. The value of the model is in the life cycle maintenance elements of the contract, delivering long term value to the taxpayers. Currently, OMB scoring rules prohibit private investment into this critical infrastructure and the assets and property remain underfunded and deteriorating. Join our distinguished panel to learn what the Federal government can do to change the way it approaches P3s and private sector innovation, and what the impact could be on the American taxpayers.

    Moderator
    Jack Basso, Senior Advisor, WSP

    Panel
    Elliot Doomes, Professional Staff, U.S. House of Representatives - Appropriations
    Norman Dong, Managing Director, FD Stonewater, and former Commissioner of Public Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration
    Matthew Neuringer, Senior Associate, Orrick

  12. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 2: P3 in a Global Pandemic (Sing along with us - It’s a Small World After All...)

    Panelists from the US and Europe address the real-world and real-time impact to international projects in the COVID and post COVID world. They will discuss how both the public sector and the private sector are thinking about the long-term impact to P3s, as it relates to designing, financing, and executing projects around the world. This is an interactive discussion, so the audience is invited and expected to join in with questions.

    Moderator
    Jason Klumb, Attorney/Advisor, Jason Klumb LLC; former Regional Administrator/SES, US General Services Administration

    Panel
    John Buttarazzi, Founder, P3 Results/Liberty Hall Advisors; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    Ken Creighton, Director of Thought Leadership and Future Practice, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
    Jill Jamieson, Principal, Illuminati Infrastructure Advisors, Washington, DC
    Dr. Oliver Krueck, Principal, Economics Consultancy Services (ECCOS), Frankfurt, Germany

  13. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Competition, Collaboration, or Both? The Evolution of P3 Procurement Approaches

    As US P3 procurements have evolved, and private sector risk tolerances have been tested on some transactions, there has been an increasing desire to find new ways to procure P3 projects beyond the RFQ/RFP firm fixed price bid approach. More collaborative approaches like Progressive Design-Build, Project Development Agreement, and Alliancing have been rising as alternatives providing more flexibility. This panel will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches from the perspective of both the public and private sectors, and situations in which each may be preferred.

    Moderator
    Jim Ziglar, Principal, Rebel

    Panel
    Brian Dugan, Managing Director, Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate
    Judi Mosqueda, Director of Project Management, San Francisco International Airport
    Tara Smith, Director, Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department

  14. 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm

    Virtual Room 4: Southwest Library Case Study: Resilience at the Building Scale

    Examining the various scales of resilience, where do individual buildings fit? The SW Library is the latest neighborhood library replacement project in the DC Public Library System. It anchors the heart of the resurgent Southwest Neighborhood, DC’s reimagined waterfront, and new Wharf Development. The project team will share the story of the SW Library and describe the project from their viewpoints. Together, they will answer questions about the project, resilience, and collaboration, including:

    Why do building owners and developers want to pursue resilient initiatives?
    How is the library and this project an integral piece of a larger resilient community?
    How did resilient strategies guide the design and construction team?
    What are the resilient strategies integrated into the SW Library?
    Was the SW Library constructed and delivered differently because of the resilient initiatives?
    What is Mass Timber and how is it part of the SW Library story?

    Moderator
    Chris Morrison FAIA, LEED-AP BD+C, Managing Director, Principal, Perkins&Will

    Panel
    Lucas Epp, Engineer and Builder, StructureCraft
    Jim Lears, Business Manager, Turner Construction
    Carl Knutson, AIA, Design Director, Principal, Perkins&Will
    Jaspreet Pahwa, Assistant Director, Capital Planning & Construction, DC Public Library

  15. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Room 1: Win-Win Solutions for Risk Management to Prevent and Resolve Disputes on P3 Projects Using Dispute Review Boards

    Disputes and claims have been a part of construction projects for many years and oftentimes drag out well after completion of the project, tying up valuable resources and adding costs. Actively managing the dispute or claim or, even better yet, helping avoid the claim or dispute entirely saves time and money for all parties involved. Recently the P3 market has seen constructors withdraw due to disputes and claims on projects. This workshop discusses how Dispute Review Boards (DRBs) have been used by P3 projects to reduce and eliminate disputes. By having a DRB start at the beginning of a construction project, the DRB can often help involved parties avoid disputes by being proactive with the parties in getting issues and disputes resolved while the project is on-going, so at the end of the project, there are no remaining disputes. This panel will present best practices for developing and implementing DRBs for PPP Projects.

    Presenters
    Kurt Dettman, Esq., President Constructive Dispute Resolution
    Elizabeth A. Tippin, Esq. FCIArb, LEED AP, President, DRBF, Region One

  16. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Room 2: Building Capacity and Resiliency through P3s in Healthcare

    As COVID-19 cases peak for a second time across the country, we are reminded of the toll that COVID-19 takes on our community and our centers of care. Data suggests that indigent communities within our cities are most impacted by the spread of the disease. Many hospitals in these urban centers were fiscally strained prior to COVID-19’s arrival and without proper intervention may be in a more dire situation. Public and private leaders will discuss how P3s can be a tool in our journey to build out additional capacity and resiliency in our health systems as they battle the COVID-19s of the future.

    Moderator
    Jen Boss, Senior Director, Hayat Brown

    Panel
    Rex Holloway, Senior Vice President and Partner, The Hammes Company
    Patrick Pilch, Senior Managing Director & National Healthcare Leader, The BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation
    Jay Brown, Chairman and Managing Director, Hayat Brown

  17. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Room 3: Strategies & Tactics for Public-Private Partnerships at the State & Local Level

    State and local governments across the nation are facing the common challenge of aging portfolios of government-owned facilities that are in significant need of renewal or replacement. Given the timing and uncertainties of the capital budgeting process, coupled with the fiscal challenges inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local governments are increasingly looking to public-private partnerships to keep pace with significant infrastructure needs in communities across the country.

    The panel will examine how state and local governments can create a foundation of support for public-private partnerships to address critical facilities needs in these unprecedented times. The panel will feature an open and candid conversation about challenges that state and local representatives often face when turning to the P3 delivery method, along with recommended strategies and tactics to secure legislative approval and obtain statutory authorization.

    Moderator
    Nick Iauco, Managing Director, FD Stonewater

    Panel
    Michael McShea, Executive Vice President & Co-Leader of State and Local Government Practice, CBRE
    Raelin Storey, Communications & Economic Development Director, City of Hollywood, Florida

  18. 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Virtual Room 4: USDA Rural Development OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

    On October 1, 2020, USDA officially cut red tape to increase private investment in rural communities across the country by making it easier for lenders to access four flagship Rural Development loan programs. Through a series of regulatory reforms known collectively as the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, the Department has standardized requirements, processes, and forms for the:

    • Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees Program;
    • Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program;
    • Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program; and
     • Rural Energy for America Program Loan Guarantees.

    These policy and process improvements will create a faster and better customer experience and expand access to capital for rural businesses and economic development projects. In this presentation, we provide an overview of the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative and deep dive into our Water and Waste Disposal Programs and increased opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships.

    Presenter
    David A. Flesher, Community Programs Specialist, Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Development, USDA

  19. 3:45 pm — 4:15 pm

    Closing Conversation: The Future of Innovative Delivery and Financing Methods

    Delivery of infrastructure across the United States has largely been driven by state and local governments, with support from the Federal government’s existing financing and grant programs. This closing conversation will focus on both the Federal and state perspectives on opportunities that exist at state and local level and ways we can further stimulate the innovative delivery and financing markets for infrastructure across the United States.

    Presenters
    Morteza Farajian, Executive Director, Build America Bureau
    Jim Ray, Corporate President, HNTB

  20. 4:15 pm — 5:00 pm

    Networking Happy Hour

    Special Thanks to Our 2020 Platinum Sponsors: 

  21. 5:00 pm

    2020 Conference Ends