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Rethinking Infrastructure Approvals

Covington & Burling LLP
850 10th St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
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Fundamental change is needed to build and modernize America’s infrastructure. As systems across all sectors age and demands of a modern economy and population grow, is there a better way to approve bridges, tunnels, roads, transit, rails, ports, airports, and upgraded water and energy infrastructure?

The Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Association of Manufacturers, Common Good, and Covington & Burling LLP hosted a forum on reforming infrastructure approvals as part of Infrastructure Week 2015.

The forum presented new perspectives and a conversation on why an overhaul is needed. Boosting the economy and improving environmental outcomes can move in tandem, but current structures and regulatory barriers prevent such paradigm shifts. The forum also included a presentation of best practices from other countries and opportunities created by consolidating decision-marking and early consideration of environmental impacts.

For more information, visit Common Good’s and Infrastructure Week 2015’s websites at and


Robyn M. Boerstling
Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Policy, National Association of Manufacturers

Clarke Bruno
Anbaric Transmission

E. Donald Elliott
Senior Of Counsel, Covington
Former Of Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Patrick J. Foye
Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Gary S. Guzy
Senior Of Counsel, Covington
Former Deputy Director, Council on Environmental Quality
Former General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Philip K. Howard
Founder and Chair, Common Good

Kelly S. Huffman
General Counsel, Poseidon Water

Deron Lovaas
Director of Federal Transportation Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council

Nick A. Malyshev
Head, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

Diana C. Mendes
Senior Vice President, AECOM

Joann Papageorgis
Program Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

John D. Porcari
Senior Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
Former Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation

Mark R. Tercek
President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy


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