May 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM–10:30 AM

Collaborate to Build: Modernizing infrastructure policies to advance public-private partnerships

Hosted by Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program National Association of Counties

Changes to the economy, society, and natural environment are placing new stresses on the country’s infrastructure systems. The rapid rise of a digital economy, continued population growth, and a changing climate combine to introduce significant challenges such as new demands for real estate, understanding where essential infrastructure services should operate, and identifying how to protect both our built and natural environment.

In contributing to the goal of shared and sustainable prosperity, governments carry an enormous burden to modernize infrastructure systems. Central to that effort is to develop deeper partnerships with the private sector around the design, construction, operation, and financing of infrastructure projects. However, doing so is often easier said than done. Many of the country’s public policies are woefully outdated relative to private sector innovation, ranging from procurement around new business models to more flexible financing arrangements.

As part of Infrastructure Week 2018, the National Association of Counties and the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and will host experts to discuss the modernization of infrastructure policies to improve public-private collaboration, including a panel of top executives discussing this issue from the perspective of their respective industries.

Following the panel discussion, speakers will take questions from the audience.