America faces a growing infrastructure funding gap. One way to help meet that need is to encourage private capital to come in from the sidelines. Yet delays in the federal environmental review and permitting process—which can increase costs and uncertainty—are a barrier to private investment and the speedy delivery of needed projects. Recognizing this challenge, members of Congress and the Obama administration have recently advanced various efforts designed to modernize, streamline and accelerate the review and permitting process.
The Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a panel of experts to hear how states and municipalities are tackling the problem and if it is enough to facilitate the investments in infrastructure crucial to keeping the American economy competitive and growing.
Susan J. Binder
Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
CEO, Miami Access Tunnel
Founder and Chair, Common Good
Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Principal, SK Solutions LLC