May 19 Forum: How Faster Infrastructure Approvals Can Get America Moving Again

Common Good, the Progressive Policy Institute, and Covington & Burling LLP invite you to attend a morning forum on expediting and improving regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects on Thursday, May 19th in Washington, DC.

The forum, which is part of Infrastructure Week (, will include remarks from members of Congress and the Administration plus two panels of experts from industry, labor, government, and environmental protection.

Participants include:

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
Jason S. Miller, White House National Economic Council

Angela F. Colamaria, White House Office of
     Management and Budget
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
Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute
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
Prof. Dr. Andrea Versteyl, National Regulatory Control Council

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.

Event details:

Title:  How Faster Infrastructure Approvals Can Get America Moving Again

When:  Thursday, May 19, 2015; 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

To RSVP, 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.