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NGA Infrastructure Summit

Governors are providing the bipartisan leadership needed to update and upgrade America’s infrastructure. On November 30th thru December 2nd 2021, Governors and staff will join with federal agencies and private sector experts in Annapolis, Maryland to discuss implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.


November 30 – December 2, 2021

Welcoming Remarks

  • Bill McBride, Executive Director, National Governors Association
  • • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Remarks from White House Infrastructure Coordinator

  • Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President for Infrastructure Coordination

Funding and Financing Opportunities, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

  • Yassmin Gramian, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Morteza Farajian, U.S. Department of Transportation Build America Bureau
  • Susan Howard, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Build America Transportation Investment Center Institute
  • Tom Osborne, Executive Director, Infrastructure, IFM Investors

Discussion Leader: Mike Parker, Americas Infrastructure Leader, Ernst & Young


Partnering to Build and Deliver Major Infrastructure Projects

  • Gregory Slater, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Jane Garvey, Chair, Meridiam

Discussion Leader: Richard Kennedy, President & CEO, Skanska USA


The IIJA’s Impact on Freight Transportation and State/Federal Partnerships

  • Meera Joshi, Acting Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Amit Bose, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration

Discussion Leader: David Kim, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency


Building Our Transportation Future

  • Nuria Fernandez, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
  • Stephanie Pollack, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Discussion Leader: Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and President American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials


Governors Panel Discussion

  • • NGA Chair, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
  • • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
  • • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
  • • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
  • • Guam Governor Lourdes Leon Guererro

Discussion Leader: Jane Garvey, Global Chair, Meridiam


Building Resilient Infrastructure State-Federal Partnerships

  • Lt. General Scott Spellmon, Commanding General and Chief Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Discussion Leader: Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment


Building Green and Building Resilient

  • Bill Doyle, Administrator, Maryland Port Administration
  • Christine Harada, Executive Director, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council
  • Bill Hanson, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Business Development, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock
  • Jon Phillips, Director, Corporate Affairs, Global Infrastructure Investors Association

Discussion Leader: Dr. Charles Glass, Executive Director, Maryland Environmental Service


Building Resilient Energy Infrastructure

  • Aamir Paul, U.S. Country President, Schneider Electric
  • Melissa Lavinson, Senior Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Pepco Holdings

Discussion Leader: Sam Robinson, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf


Maximizing the Use of State Rights-of-Way: Cross-Sector and Cross-Collaborative Opportunities

  • Lynne Yocom, Fiber Optics Manager, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
  • Raj Shelat, Director, Global Infrastructure Projects Group, KPMG

Supply Chain

  • John Porcari, Ports Envoy, White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force and former USDOT Deputy Secretary
  • Ken Braunbach, Vice President, Inbound Transportation, Logistics, Walmart
  • Cheryl Capps, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Corning Incorporated
  • Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Discussion Leader: Alex Whitaker, Legislative Director, National Governors Association


Clean Energy Panel Discussion

  • Reice Haase, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor North Dakota
  • Katharine Bond, VP of Policy and State Affairs, Dominion Energy
  • Brady Walker, Manager, Mid-Atlantic Markets, Ørsted

Discussion Leader: Jane Cohen, Executive Director, New Jersey Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy


Remarks from Amtrak CEO William Flynn

  • William Flynn, CEO, Amtrak

Discussion Leader: Tim Gatz, Secretary, Oklahoma Department of Transportation


Video Remarks: Kate Brown, Governor, State of Oregon


Electric Vehicle Themed Reception featuring Hyundai and the Rivian R1T


Opening Discussion

  • Evelyn Remaley, Acting Assistant Secretary for Commerce Technology and Communications
  • Eric Forsch, Broadband Development Manager, Idaho Department of Commerce

Building Out State Broadband Networks and Programs

  • Veneeth Iyengar, Executive Director for Broadband Development and Connectivity, ConnectLA, State of Louisiana
  • Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator for the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • David Parsha, Vice President, Sales, Skyline Technologies
  • John Ghirardelli, Senior Vice President, Macquarie Group

Discussion Leader: Jon Wilkins, Partner, Quadra Partners


Remarks from US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (virtual)

  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, US Department of Agriculture

Discussion Leader: Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University


Broadband/Data Mapping, Applications, and Opportunities

  • Dr. Tamarah Holmes, Director, Office of Broadband, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Major General (Ret) Jim Trogdon PE, Principal Transportation Consultant, SAS
  • David McKenney, Vice President, Government Relations, Bentley Systems

Discussion Leader: Dan Lauf, Program Director, Energy, National Governors Association

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