APWA Participates in NGA Infrastructure Summit

On January 22, 2020, APWA President-Elect Mary Joyce Ivers, APWA Board Member Shahn Ahmad, and APWA Director of Government and Public Affairs Andrea Eales participated in an infrastructure summit hosted by the National Governors Association (NGA) held in San Francisco, CA. The focus of the summit was Enhancing Efficiency: Eliminating Red Tape and Integrating Smart Technology. During the meeting, participants heard from two panels. The first focused on eliminating red tape with speakers who have had success improving project delivery at the state and local levels. The second panel was about integrating smart technology, and included speakers from government and industry. The summit concluded with a facility tour of the new Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco.

Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) currently serves as Chairman for NGA and during his one-year term in this role, he is making infrastructure his priority. Beginning last summer, NGA kicked off the initiative in Washington, D.C. with a stakeholder meeting to explain the purpose of the initiative and to hear from partner groups, like APWA, about their priorities for infrastructure investment. Both Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Scott Grayson, and Andrea Eales participated in the meeting and shared APWA’s public policy priorities.

Since the kick-off meeting last summer, there have been 3 additional summits each concentrated on a different aspect of the broad infrastructure conversation and held in different locations across the country. Last August, Mary Joyce Ivers attended a summit in Boston, MA focused on Getting to Work: Relieve Congestion to Boost Economic Competitiveness. Then in Detroit, MI last October APWA President Bill Spearman and Andrea Eales attended the Strengthening Security and Resiliency: Protect America’s Critical Infrastructure summit.The next summit will be held in early May in Arizona, and is titled Financing the Future: Leverage Private Sector Investments.

APWA’s Public Policy Priorities all are focused on infrastructure investment specifically speaking to transportation, water resiliency, and emergency preparedness and response. To read APWA’s public policy priority documents, simply go the Government Affairs tab at www.apwa.net. For additional information about the NGA Infrastructure Initiative, please click here. For questions regarding APWA’s U.S. Government Affairs activities, you may contact Andrea Eales at aeales@apwa.net.