Infrastructure 2017

Coming Soon
Washington, DC

Overview

Nothing in President Donald Trump’s agenda will loom as large as his commitment to revitalize the infrastructure. Some projects will get going through congressional appropriations while others will get their start by eliminating impediments — such as authorizing the Keystone Pipeline — and easing a broad array of federal regulations and stipulations.

The conference, Infrastructure 2017, will examine contracting opportunities on a granular level.

You’ll be learning from a faculty of administration speakers, industry analysts, proposal writers, Washington lobbyists and congressmen who will be appropriating the funds.

Attendees will learn

  • Where the RFPs can be expected to come from.
  • How the states will fit into federal plans.
  • What projects will move forward because of eased permitting.
  • Which industries will have the most to gain, e.g. architect-engineering, concrete, direct current power lines, heavy equipment, pipe supply, steel, water
  • How much emphasis will be on public/private partnerships.
  • How important tax relief will be.
  • What will be the marquee projects
  • What will the structure of the border look like, and who will design, build and subcontract such an enormous project.

America’s infrastructure, which touches $16 trillion in goods and services every year, is in a deplorable state.

Here is a short list of what is putting the nation’s future at risk:

  • The American Road and Transportation Builders Association has identified more than 58,000 bridges that are in need of repair.
  • America’s once gleaming interstate highway system is in crisis.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the nation’s ports a C grade and inland waterways a D-.
  • Hundreds of municipalities have cast-iron water and wastewater pipes that are more than 100-years-old.
  • Airports are constrained by limited runways and a taxed air traffic control system.
  • New electric lines are needed to hook up new dispersed generation.Transmission bottlenecks inhibit efficiency and increase prices.
  • Railroads need new track, if passenger trains are to move faster on freight lines; some signals are more than 50-years-old.
  • Public transportation creeks, from the troubled Washington, D.C. Metro to the antiquated equipment on Boston’s MBTA.
  • Events such as the massive sinkhole (caused by a partially collapsed sewer line) that disrupted the holiday season in a Detroit suburb, and almost daily reports of natural gas line ruptures testify to the United States of Disrepair.

President Donald Trump has promised to get a grip on the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. He wants massive new funding — up to $1 trillion — if Congress goes along.

Trump is expected to loosen regulations which will mean big, old projects like pipelines and power lines, better connecting the United States and Canada, will be built. Look for the Keystone XL oil pipeline to be resuscitated along with the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Some infrastructure projects will involve new public funding, some will inspire private commitment, and some will be in the public-private arena.

But taken together or separately, these will amount to the biggest boom in contracting activity since the Eisenhower era.

To help architect-engineers, construction companies and heavy equipment vendors position themselves for this resurgence of building, “White House Chronicle,” a weekly news and public affairs television program, hosted by Llewellyn King, the legendary publisher and journalist, is convening a conference in Washington, D.C. on April 3-4, 201, to examine the opportunities to prosper from Trump’s promise to revitalize U.S. infrastructure.

“We want to give vendors a heads up and an advantage in exploiting the new contracting opportunities. We will have members of Congress and the Trump administration,financiers, company executives, and public policy experts interacting with the audience,” King said. “Real, actionable information is the goal.”

He added: “We are deliberately confining the conference to seventy attendees to facilitate thorough audience-faculty exchanges of information. During the sessions, we will use a talk-show format to enhance these exchanges: fewer lectures, more answers.”

Speakers

Jon Sorenson

Jon Sorenson

Senior Level Executive, North American Energy Advisory Services

Jon Sorenson is president and chief operating officer for Competitive Energy Services. He joined CES as a partner in 2003, and since then the company has quadrupled in size. He has experience as a retail energy marketer in natural gas and electricity wholesale and trading, structured products, oil and bio-fuel procurement and hedging, conversion analysis, strategy development, and regulatory work in both power and gas throughout the deregulated States and Canada. He is prominent in North American energy issues and initiatives serving on the Board of Directors of New England Canadian Business Council (NECBC) and co-chairs its annual energy conference and was recently featured by CBC Television in Atlantic Canada speaking on the volatility and issues surrounding the Northeast natural gas market.
Philip White

Philip White

Partner, Dentons

Phil is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the construction and engineering sector and particularly in construction disputes. His skill was recognized most recently in 2016 when he was designated “Lawyer of the Year in Construction Litigation” by Best Lawyers.

Phil has tried, mediated and settled cases on behalf of clients around the globe through hundreds of days of hearings in many forums, including the ICC, LCIA, KLRCA and courts in the United States. Phil has handled disputes arising from a broad range of projects, from 30 power plants in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa to petroleum facilities in Equatorial Guinea, to rail in New Jersey, to roads, sewers and utilities in Qatar. His approach to disputes is to put the issues in a pragmatic commercial context, while pressing his client’s interests tenaciously.

Christopher E. White

Christopher E. White

Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Thompson Research Group

Mr. White has over 20 years of industry experience as an investor, general manager, and business builder. His career began at Smith Barney’s Strategic Planning Group where he supported the executive management team in setting firm-wide and department goals monitoring monthly company performance, and integrating acquired companies. Mr. White subsequently completed the Capital Markets Program and became an equity trader on the firm’s institutional desk. After leaving Salomon Smith Barney, he founded the listed trading and capital commitment effort at both SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Avondale Partners where he also served as Managing Director, Head of Trading and was a member of both the Investment Policy and Capital Commitment Committees. Mr. White left Avondale in 2009 to found TRG.
Dr Margo Thorning

Dr Margo Thorning

Senior Vice President, Chief Economist, American Council on Capital Formation

Margo Thorning, PH.D. is senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation and director of research for its public policy think tank, the ACCF Center for Policy Research.
In North America, Dr. Thorning has frequently testified as an expert witness on capital formation, tax, energy and environmental policies before multiple U.S. congressional committees, including the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Thorning has also traveled coast to coast to present findings to state and local lawmakers, business organizations and the media on the economic impact of climate change policies on local job and economic growth. The U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development invited her to deliver a presentation “Investing in Energy and Industrial Development: Challenges and Opportunities.” Thorning also served on DOE’s Electricity Advisory Board’s Subcommittee on Standards of Conduct and Corporate Practices and has testified before the Senate of Canada on that country’s proposals for tax reform.

Bill Hillman

Bill Hillman

Chief Executive Officer, National Utility Contractors Association

Bill Hillman has been Chief Executive Officer for the National Utility Contractors Association since 2000. Bill also serves as a permanent director on NUCA’s Foundation for Education and Research, which oversees NUCA’s Institute for Leadership Development and Scholarship Program.

Bill established and spearheaded the Clean Water Council and released three independent reports showing how federal infrastructure investment creates jobs and can significantly boost local economies. These reports have been referenced in several publications and by Members of Congress.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hillman attended Principia College in Elsah, Ill., where he received a BA in business and political science. He also earned a JD at Hastings College of the Law and an MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California. Prior to joining the NUCA staff, Hillman worked for three years on Capitol Hill for the House Subcommittee on Science, Research, and Technology, the Joint Economic Committee, and for U.S. Rep. Norman Shumway (R-Calif.) as legislative assistant.

Steven CF Anderson

Steven CF Anderson

Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Steve Anderson is President of APL, an independent communications consulting and production company and Managing Director of InfrastructureUSA, an infrastructure investment advocacy project.

InfrastructureUSA is a web-based platform providing reports, opinions and interviews with industry leaders, in an effort to advocate for comprehensive national infrastructure investment and greater citizen engagement. This advocacy hub has reached almost 250,000 users and provides content from hundreds of think tanks, corporations, nonprofit groups, unions, professional associations and government agencies. The project has been supported by underwriting from national organizations such as the American Council of Engineering Companies and American Society of Civil Engineers, and firms such as AECOM.

Additional speakers forthcoming.

Registration

Date TBA.

If you’d like to speak, get more information or want specific issues raised, contact Llewellyn King, at llewellynking1@gmail.com

Location

Dentons US LLP
1900 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Contact

Llewellyn King
llewellynking1@gmail.com
(202) 441-2702