The Summit featured keynotes from Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania (above) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer from Oregan (below). Blumenauer spoke about the need for federal leadership in addressing national infrastructure challenges with 21st century solutions and discussed a specific proposal for creating a national infrastructure investment plan that would shape the federal role in transportation, water and energy infrastructure. Rendell delivered the luncheon keynote and discussed the lack of transportation dollars and its impact of our failing infrastructure. Rendell (right) is leading a parallel national infrastructure initiative with Gov. Schwarzenegger and Mayor Bloomberg called, "Build America's Future." Other public officials who spoke included Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Maryland's Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and former Governor Parris Glendening.
The Summit's four roundtables - Northeast Corridor Mobility, Regional Landscapes and Climate Change, Local Government Forum on Climate Change, and Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Affordable Housing - were chaired by Jack Lettiere, Jack Lettiere Consulting, LLC and Former Commissioner of NJ DOT, Rob Pirani, Director of Environmental Programs at RPA, Armando Carbonell, Chairman, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Merilyn Rovira, Director of Housing and Community Development, Fannie Mae, respectively.
For presentations from each roundtable, see below:Northeast Corridor Mobility:
Mike Sweeney - Amtrak and the Northeast Corridor
Rob Puentes - National Surface Transportation Legislation and the Northeast
Regional Landscapes and Climate Change:
Andrew Fahlund - Water Resources in the Northeast Ned Sullivan - Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hudson Valley
Local Governments Forum on Climate Change:
David Robertson - Regional Coordination and Climate Change
Randy Solomon - Local Coordination and Climate Change
Reid Ewing - "Growing Cooler" Report
Rhett Lamb - Planning for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Affordable Housing:
Erica Groshen - Subprime Mortgage in the Northeast
Ted Carman - Massachusetts 40R
Smart Growth Zoning.
This program was supported by grants from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, The Surdna Foundation and The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.