February 9-10 Infrastructure Workshop: Renewing American Infrastructure

On February 9 and 10, Common Good, Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and Stanford’s Global Projects Center will co-host a workshop titled “Renewing American Infrastructure” at Stanford. 


New investment in American infrastructure has become a centerpiece of the new Trump administration, and was one issue on which both candidates agreed during the election. As the administration prepares to roll out its initiative on this issue, there are a number of large, unanswered questions. How will resources for new infrastructure be generated, and at what scale? What will the role of the private sector be? How can we streamline and reduce the regulatory burden faced by infrastructure projects, so that they can be completed in a timely and cost-effective fashion? How do we de-politicize the resource allocation process, and ensure fair access to funding? What is the correct balance between the federal government and the states in overseeing projects? And finally, how do we make sure that projects incorporate new technologies, both for the sake of sustainability, and to integrate complex infrastructure environments?


Thursday, February 9

1:30 to 4:30 PM

Panel 1: Financing a New Federal Infrastructure Initiative

  • Mary Peters, former US Secretary of Transportation
  • David Hayes, Stanford Law School
  • Daniel Flanagan, Infrastructure Investment Services
  • Ross Israel, QIC
  • Bob Hellman, American Infrastructure Partners
  • Moderator: Philip K. Howard, Common Good

Friday, February 10

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Panel 2: Streamlining the Regulatory Burden

  • Keith Hennessey, Bechtel
  • John Porcari, former US Deputy Secretary of Transportation
  • Ed Krapels, Anbaric
  • Philip K. Howard, Common Good
  • Moderator: Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University

Panel 3: Ensuring Fairness in Resource Allocation

  • Patrick Foye, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Dan Carol, Georgetown University
  • David Spector, Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise
  • Moderator: Ray Levitt, Stanford University

1:30 to 4:30 PM

Panel 4: Incentivizing Innovation and Sustainability 

  • Scott Zuchorski, Fitch Ratings
  • Anthony Ferrari, Crimson Infrastructure
  • Stephen Beatty, KPMG
  • Moderator: Michael Bennon, Stanford University

Panel 5: Policy Recommendations