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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


Watch America 2050 director Petra Todorovich present RPA's report, "Getting Infrastructure Going: Expediting the Environmental Review Process," followed by a panel discussion moderated by Newsweek's Megan McArdle, featuring Will Kempton, Diana Mendes, Dr. Peter Ruane, and Jim Tripp. The event was co-hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, Regional Plan Association, and the Eno Center for Transportation. Video after the jump.

St_Anthony_Falls_35W_Bridge_construction.JPGBig transportation and other infrastructure projects typically take many years to complete, in part because of delays in the environmental review process. Regional Plan Association, the Eno Center for Transportation and the Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a policy discussion on Thursday, June 28, in Washington, D.C., to address the issue. Register here.

Every day, approximately 275,000 commuters travel into New York City from New Jersey. The two single-track Hudson Tunnels, over 100 years old, are a major bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor, limiting commuter and intercity rail traffic in and through Penn Station, where 2 out of 3 trips on the Northeast Corridor begin or end. With the cancellation of the ARC tunnel project in 2010, the need to create redundancy to the Hudson Tunnels and expand capacity for travel along the Northeast Corridor is more urgent than ever.

On June 13 RPA will host a half-day conference to identify next steps for expanding travel capacity between New York and New Jersey. Featured speakers include: Stephen Gardner, Vice President, NEC Infrastructure & Investment Development, Amtrak; Jim Simpson, Commissioner, New Jersey DOT; Joseph Lhota, Chairman & CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Amtrak Board Member Anthony R. Coscia.  Co-Sponsors include the General Contractors Association, The Northeast Maglev, and AECOM. Visit the event website to register and see the complete agenda. Registration is required and costs $50. Space is limited.

Image: US DOT via Transportation Nation

America 2050 is pleased to participate in Regional Plan Association's 22nd Annual Regional Assembly on Friday, April 27 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The Assembly will showcase new ways of thinking about planning and infrastructure, governance, economic development and social equity. The daylong conference will bring together the metropolitan area's civic and business leaders to discuss how the region should grow while meeting our needs in housing, transportation, employment and environmental sustainability.
Visit the schedule for more information or download a printable agenda.

Big Plans • Bold Innovations • Bright Future will include an unprecedented gathering of leaders of some of the world's biggest transit systems. The America 2050 panel at the Regional Assembly will explore whether we are building the right housing to meet America's growing and changing population demographics. Other sessions will look at new options in urban energy efficiency and innovations in funding transportation.

Register for the Assembly here.

summit.pngAmerica 2050 is pleased to announce that we are participating as a National Co-Host Organization for the 15th Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Summit, August 14-17 in Irving, TX. The Summit is a four day event that last year brought together over 1,100 attendees from 20 states and 11 countries. The Summit follows an exceptional Transportation & Infrastructure Convention that was held March 7-9, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the Summit is to educate policy makers concerning the current transportation issues that are found at both the local and national levels. The Summit is very unique, in that, it brings together the leading transportation and infrastructure officials from the current Administration, Congress, and State legislatures, providing us the opportunity to dialogue personally with those who have a direct influence on future policy decisions of the nation.

As we have seen our nation's economy decline, our transportation system has suffered from a lack of funding to support the maintenance of aging infrastructure, development of new technology, and necessary projects to accommodate growth and increased usage. It is critical that business and government leaders come together to collaborate on how to best move forward in order to provide our nation with state-of-the-art, safe, and reliable transportation modes. This unique collaboration will include leaders from federal, state, and local governments, engineers, business leaders, representative associations and top transportation research institutions. Together, we can begin to come up with the solutions to our transportation challenges.

The Summit has developed the reputation of bringing in some of the most well-known experts in the Transportation and Infrastructure field. The 2011 Summit featured: U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall, Chairman, Science and Technology Committee; U.S. Congressman John Mica, Chairman, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Victor Mendez, Administrator, FHWA; David Strickland, Administrator, NHTSA; Mary Peters, Former Secretary, U.S. DOT; Mort Downey, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. DOT; Terry Johnson, Administrator, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; Sean Connaughton, Secretary, VADOT; Jim Simpson, Commissioner, NJDOT; and Rod Diridon, Exec. Director, Mineta Transportation Institute.

Participating as a National Co-Host Organization allows our members to register for the Summit at the discounted government rate! To register please visit the website:

We are excited to be a part of this spectacular event and we strongly encourage you to join us in Irving, TX this August. For further information about the Transportation & Infrastructure Summit please contact Karen Brown at 214-750-0123 or, please make sure to say you are with our organization!

Strengthening the Solar Economy

Solar CellsThe tri-state region is on the cusp of being a national leader on solar energy. New Jersey is second only to California in installed solar capacity, Connecticut has just passed new solar legislation and New York is looking at new solar program options.

At the same time, there are barriers to implementing solar power on a wider scale in the region. Policy makers at the local and state level have yet to reach a consensus over how to finance and manage solar programs. To address these issues, RPA is convening leading solar thinkers on Wednesday, April 11, to discuss the economics behind various solar paths and which solar policies make the most sense for the region.

5thAnnTransInfraConv.pngAmerica 2050 is pleased to participate as a National Co-Host for the 5th Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Convention on March 7-9, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Please save the date for this three-day event that has attracted many prestigious registrants and speakers from 25 states, nine countries and over 30 national and international trade associations and interest groups.

The purpose of the Convention is to educate policy makers concerning the current transportation issues at both the local and national levels. The Convention is unique, in that, it brings together the leading transportation and infrastructure officials from the current Administration, Congress, and State legislatures, providing us the opportunity to dialogue personally with those who have a direct influence on future policy decisions of the nation.

Participating as a National Co-Host Organization allows members of America 2050 to register for the Convention at the discounted government rate! Online registration is available now! To register please go to

America 2050 is excited to be a part of this event and strongly encourage members of the America 2050 network to attend this event in Washington, DC this March. For further information about the 5th Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Convention, please contact Karen Brown at 214-750-0123 or