Common Good to Host Two Infrastructure Events in May

Common Good will host two events on improving infrastructure approvals in the coming weeks. The first, on Monday, May 9th in New York City, will center around the release of our new report: “Billions for Red Tape: Focusing on the Approval Process for the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project.” The event will feature remarks from Senator Cory Booker followed by a moderated panel. 

On Thursday, May 19th in Washington, DC, we will co-host an event with the Progressive Policy Institute and Covington & Burling LLP as part of Infrastructure Week ( It will include keynote remarks from members of Congress and the Administration plus two panels of experts from industry, labor, government, and environmental protection.

To RSVP for either event, please e-mail your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to Ruth Mary Giverin of Common Good at Please contact Ruth with any questions as well. This invitation is transferable, but all attendees must register before the day of the event.

Event details:

Title:     Billions for Red Tape

Time:     Monday, May 9, 2016; 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM; cocktails and appetizers will be served.

Where:     The New York Times Building; 43rd Floor (offices of Covington & Burling LLP); 620 Eighth Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets); New York, NY 10018 (A government-issued ID is required to pass through building security.)


     Senator Cory Booker
     Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director,
          Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
     Philip K. Howard, Chair, Common Good
     Robert D. Yaro, President Emeritus, Regional Plan Association
     List in formation.

Description:     The Gateway Rail Tunnel Project is a $24 billion infrastructure plan to alleviate a critical bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor, an area of the country that accounts for 20 percent of national GDP. The purpose of the report and event is to outline the economic and environmental costs of different permitting timetables, and to propose approval mechanisms that will save taxpayers billions and avoid significant economic and environmental harm.


Title:     How Faster Infrastructure Approvals Can Get America Moving Again

Time:     Thursday, May 19, 2016; 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, with lunch to follow; registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 AM. 

Where:     Covington & Burling LLP, 10th Floor, One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001


     Keynote Remarks: 

     Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
     Jason Miller, Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council

     Gary S. Guzy, Covington & Burling; formerly of CEQ and EPA
     Philip K. Howard, Common Good
     Fawn Johnson, Morning Consult
     Deron Lovaas, Natural Resources Defense Council
     Johannes Ludewig, National Regulatory Control Council (Germany)
     Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute
     Jason Miller, National Economic Council
     Philip D. Moeller, Edison Electric Institute;
          formerly of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
     John D. Porcari, Parsons Brinckerhoff;
          formerly of the US Department of Transportation
     Sophie Shulman, US Department of Transportation
     List in formation.

Description:     Even as the nation’s needs grow more acute, it takes longer and longer to win government approval to build modern infrastructure. Getting permits can take a decade or longer. Other countries manage to get projects up and running in less time. We are convening this discussion to build common understanding of how government reviews can combine rigorous public oversight with expeditious approvals of projects that can save money, create jobs, boost US productivity, achieve a greener footprint, and restore public confidence in the public sector.