A Bank to Re-Build America?

America's infrastructure is in disrepair -- in part because the way we finance it is inadequate. Thus, bi-partisan support for a national infrastructure bank to help close our infrastructure deficit is growing.

At this June 8 event, Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), co-sponsors of the bi-partisan "Build Act," and a host of other experts convened for a conference on what an infrastructure bank would mean for America, how the bank would work, and why they believe such an institution would create jobs and help American business and labor.

Agenda

9:15am to 9:30am - Coffee & Registration

9:30am to 9:45am - Welcome and Introduction

Steve Clemons
Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
Senior Fellow & Founder, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

Bernard L. Schwartz
CEO, BLS Investments
Member, Board of Directors, New America Foundation


9:45am to 10:30am - How An Infrastructure Bank Could Work

Brian Pallasch
Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiative
American Society of Civil Engineers

Tyler Duvall
Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

Michael Likosky
Director of the Center on Law & Public Finance, Social Science Research Council
Author, Obama’s Bank

Robert Dove
Managing Director, Carlyle Group

Sherle R. Schwenninger
Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation

moderator
Michael Hirsh
Chief Correspondent, National Journal


10:30am to 11:30am - Establishing an American Infrastructure Bank: Why An American Infrastructure Bank Now?

(Speakers will speak individually, not as panel)

keynote remarks

The Hon. John Kerry (D-MA)
Member, US Senate Committee on Finance
Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure
United States Senate



commentary
The Hon. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)
Member, US House Appropriations Committee
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education
United States House of Representatives



The Hon. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
United States Senate



introductions
Steve Clemons
Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
Senior Fellow & Founder, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

11:30am to 12:00 pm - The Odd Bedfellow Alliance:  Labor & Industry Views on America’s Infrastructure Deficit

The Hon. John Engler
President, Business Roundtable
Former Governor, State of Michigan

Thea Lee
Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL/CIO


12:00pm to 12:30pm - Why an Infrastructure Bank is Good for America

(lunch provided)

The Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Ranking Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
United States Senate



introduction
Bernard L. Schwartz
CEO, BLS Investments
Member, Board of Directors, New America Foundation

12:30pm - Adjournment
 

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 9:15am - 12:30pm
Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
Constitution Ave and First St, NE
Washington, DC

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