Bloomberg Government NEXT Infrastructure

America’s aging infrastructure is a top priority for the White House, Congress and the American people. Understanding and addressing the needs of America’s infrastructure requires the bridging of old and new—the upkeep of an expansive and aging infrastructure and the integration of broadband capabilities that allow infrastructure to become smarter and more sustainable.

Bloomberg Government will convene a conversation on the latest innovations for America’s infrastructure and the public and private sector partners bringing these ideas to life. Federal, state and industry leaders discuss the nation’s infrastructure priorities – funding, connectivity and sustainability – and where the public sector should focus infrastructure efforts to have the greatest impact.

June 21, 2017
8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Bloomberg Government
1101 K Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005 Map

Assessing “America’s Metro”
With delays, overcrowding and safety concerns, Washington area commuters experience the infrastructure crisis in America on a daily basis. Improvements are already underway with SafeTrack coming to an end on June 25 and Wi-Fi service coming to 30 stations by end of 2017. Hear the plans for assessing “America’s Metro” and developing recommendations for sustainable plans for governance, funding and bipartisan support.

Smart Infrastructure and Global Advantage (Presented by our sponsor Association of Equipment Manufacturers)
Repairing and restoring America’s physical infrastructure is not sufficient for the 21st century economy. Building the next generation of American infrastructure calls for a focus on network and systems that maximize use of connected technology. Smart infrastructure results in improved workflow, faster construction time, and lower environmental impact. To realize the full benefits of American infrastructure renewal, we must ensure connectivity between and within rural and urban America supporting the safe and easy movement of people and goods, as well as strong economic growth and robust job creation.

The Connected Future of Smart Cities
With quickly evolving advancements in the connected technologies, data science and 5G, American cities and towns are poised to unleash smarter infrastructure, providing enhanced information, services and security for communities. Industry and state, local and federal government actors must work together to build America’s next-generation broadband infrastructure, able to support today’s technical capabilities and 21st century possibilities.

Financing Infrastructure Improvements
President Trump’s infrastructure proposal is not what Congress expected, placing a strong emphasis on state and local leadership for infrastructure financing. With vastly different approaches from the new Administration and members of Congress, Bloomberg sits down with the representatives of distinctly different local interests to take a look at bipartisan financing and investment ideas to move infrastructure forward across America.

8:00 AM Networking Breakfast
8:25 AM Welcome Remarks

  • Josh Eastright,  Head of Bloomberg Government
  • Kathleen Grillo, Senior Vice President, Verizon
8:30 AM Financing Infrastructure Improvements

  • Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL)
  • Representative John Delaney (D-MD)
  • Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Moderated by: Kevin Cirilli, Chief Washington Correspondent, Bloomberg Television

9:00 AM Assessing “America’s Metro”

  • Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager and CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Moderated by: Shaun Courtney, Transportation Reporter, Bloomberg BNA

9:45 AM Smart Infrastructure and Global Advantage
Presented by our sponsor Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Introduced by Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
In conversation with Marcia Hale, President, Building America’s Future Educational Fund
10:00 AM The Connected Future of Smart Cities

  • Steve Crout, Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
  • Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CIO, City of Boston
  • Adam Koeppe, Vice President of Network Technology Planning, Verizon
  • Aimee Meacham, Director, External Affairs BroadbandUSA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderated by: Michaela Ross, Tech & Telecom Reporter, Bloomberg BNA

10:45 AM Closing Remarks

  • Eric Wagner, Vice President, Bloomberg BNA Plus
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