BPC Releases Report on New Model for Infrastructure Investment

To help address the $2 trillion in infrastructure needs currently facing our country, a group of leading CEOs and former elected officials today are releasing a report calling for a major culture change in how the United States funds infrastructure projects.

The report, Bridging the Gap Together: A New Modelto Modernize U.S. Infrastructure, authored by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Executive Council on Infrastructure, lays out a vision for increasing public-private partnerships and private capital in projects like water and wastewater systems, energy grids, ports, roads and bridges, and provides a roadmap to overcoming the barriers that discourage private investment.

The public event to launch the Council’s report will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The co-chairs of the BPC’s Executive Council on Infrastructure, Susan Story, president and CEO of American Water, and Doug Peterson, president and CEO of S&P Global, will present the council’s recommendations, followed by a panel discussion among council and Advisory Group members in attendance. The panel will be moderated by Congressman Steve Bartlett and, in addition to Story and Peterson, includes Henry Cisneros, former HUD Secretary and Mayor of San Antonio, Jane Garvey, Chairman North America, Meridiam, and Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles. Closing remarks will be delivered by Eric Cantor, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Moelis & Co. and Former House Majority Leader.

The success of this effort is particularly important to American Water as we know that safe, clean, reliable and affordable water services are the foundation for every community, said Story. We hope this report will result in a new way to invest in infrastructure, one in which the public and private sectors work together to make a transformative impact on our nation’s infrastructure, create millions of jobs, maintain the health, safety, and security of our communities, and put our nation on track for decades of greater prosperity.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, failure to make necessary investments in infrastructure may lead to $206 billion in increased costs for businesses and households between 2011 and 2020. And while state laws enabling public-private partnerships are an essential building block to expanding private investment in infrastructure, very few comprehensively allow a full range of partnerships.

The core principles and actions proposed in the council’s report, coupled with new funding sources and financial tools, will lead to more modern, higher-quality, and more resilient infrastructure networks,” Story added.

To advance this effort, BPC Executive Council leaders and staff commit to the following actions:

  • Applying a new model for investing in infrastructure to the national challenges in water and wastewater infrastructure;
  • Supporting state and local officials in passing P3 legislation;
  • Providing guidelines for developing and evaluating state and local asset inventories; and
  • Aiding in the development of a central clearinghouse for information and technical assistance on P3s.

The report is being released as part of Infrastructure Week, a national week of events, education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans.

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