Infrastructure Now: Reforming America's Broken Infrastructure Approval Process


Common Good and Regional Plan Association (RPA) will co-host a forum on November 21st in Washington, DC, exploring ways to streamline infrastructure approvals. The benefits of greater public and private investment in infrastructure are enormous--job creation, enhanced economic competitiveness, and a greener footprint. First, America has to fix its paralytic legal infrastructure.

Participants will include experts from government, academia, the private sector, and the environmental movement, as well as international regulatory experts, including:

  • Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
  • Tyler Duvall, McKinsey & Company
  • E. Donald Elliott, Yale Law School
  • George Frampton, Jr., Covington & Burling
  • Travers Garvin, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Philip K. Howard, Common Good
  • Nick A. Malyshev, OECD
  • Diana Mendes, AECOM
  • Karen Rae, New York State Department of Transportation
  • Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy
  • Robert D. Yaro, Regional Plan Association

The first panel discussion will address how the environmental review process has become an exercise in "no pebble left unturned," and one where anyone who disagrees with a project can delay it for years, if not spike it altogether. The second panel will focus on jurisdictional overlap among public agencies, and the multitude of steps related to the permitting and approval of infrastructure projects. Both discussions will offer reform proposals.

Background about the event can be found here and the agenda here.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013
   9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (registration begins at 8:15 AM)
   Discussion begins promptly at 9:00 AM.
   A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  

Where: The Pew Charitable Trusts
   901 E Street, NW
   Washington, DC 20004

To RSVP, please e-mail your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to All attendees must register before the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Park of Common Good at