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Liz Archer Marketing Pursuit Manager Dewberry

Liz Archer
Over the next five years the tri-state region will spend – at least – between $50 and $100 billion on all things infrastructure, including: transit, airports, mega ports, bridges/tunnels, energy and water/wastewater facilities. Representatives from the Regional Planning Association, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York Department of Environmental Protection and PSE&G will discuss these budgeted projects within a context that is helpful for marketing professionals and senior management responsible for pursuing the infrastructure market sector.

[expand title=”Click here to read more about The Infrastructure Client Panel…”] The program will kick-off with a brief overview of the planned infrastructure for the tri-state area. Providing this overview is former New Jersey DOT Deputy Commissioner, Steven Dilts, NJ Office Lead for HNTB. Acclaimed Infrastructure writer, Alex Marshall, who is also a Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association will moderate the discussion. To build better cities, Marshall asserts, we must understand and intelligently direct the forces that shape them. In his latest book, “How Cities Work : Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken”, he defines the key issues facing all concerned citizens who are trying to control urban sprawl and build real communities. The panel is made up of highly regarded infrastructure leaders from the region. They will discuss key details of upcoming infrastructure plans, as well as impactful issues, such as resiliency, sustainability and environmental compliance. William Wheeler Director of Special Project Development & Planning, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, recently told the NYC Council that before asking Congress or Albany for help funding the program, the MTA will contribute a “total of $290 million a year into a pay-as-you-go account beginning in 2015 that could generate up to $5.4 billion for projects included in the 2015 to 2019 program.” $32 Billion is needed to deliver the MTA’s Program Funding Plan 2015-2019. Currently, there is about $16.9 billion of the $32 billion needed but the MTA is working with their partners in government and the private sector to identify additional funding to close the $15.2 billion funding gap, and deliver the full five-year program of investments without delay. Steven W. Lawitts is the First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the largest public water and wastewater utility in the U.S. He is responsible for a $1.4 billion annual operating budget; a $15 billion, 10-year capital budget; and the procurement of $1.2 billion in design and construction contracts. Steve is also the Executive Director of the New York City Water Board. He also spent fifteen years in the transportation sector at MTA, Conrail and Amtrak. The NYCDEP FY2015-FY2018 Four-Year Capital Budget is $7.6 billion and includes: Wastewater Treatment, Reservoirs, Dams, Treatment Facilities and Water Mains; The Rondout-West Branch Tunnel and Water for the Future; City Water Tunnel No. 3; and Sewers. Ralph LaRossa is President and COO of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). PSE&G is NJ’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility. Ralph is also Chairman of the Board of PSEG Long Island, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), which manages the electric transmission and distribution systems on Long Island and in the Rockaways. On March 3, 2015, PSE&G announced that they plan to spend $1.6 billion to replace 800 miles of gas pipe. “We are in a time of unprecedented low interest rates and natural gas prices,” says Ralph LaRossa. “The timing is right to make these infrastructure investments.” The proposal follows PSE&G’s Energy Strong program, which was approved last year. Under Energy Strong, the utility plans to spend $1.22 billion to raise, relocate and protect electrical switching and substations and replace 250 miles of low-pressure cast-iron gas mains in or near flood areas. Energy Strong was proposed in response to Superstorm Sandy and other severe weather events. This does not include all of their investments and does not include their capital budget for PSE&G Long Island. Lou Venech, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (invited), General Manager for Transportation Planning and Policy. Lou coordinates with transportation initiatives with groups such as the Orange County Transportation Council, NY Metropolitan Transportation Council and the NJ Transportation Planning Authority. The Port Authority’s 2014‐2023 Capital Plan provides $27.6 billion in capital investment to fund critical projects for the Port Authority’s Ports, Airports, PATH system, Tunnels, Bridges, Terminals and the World Trade Center. The proposed 10‐year capital plan is a balanced portfolio of more than 500 projects that will bring vital airport terminals into the 21st century and create important new bridge capacity, while at the same time preserving critical Port Authority infrastructure that is so essential for safe and efficient transportation in the region. Amanda Kennedy, Director, Connecticut, Regional Plan Association Amanda is steeped in the transportation issues of Connecticut, and has analyzed how sustainability and land use issues are involved. Her work includes Halfway There and Getting Back on Track, publications that assess transit and transit-oriented development capacity along Connecticut’s New Haven Metro-North line. In Federal Fiscal Year 2015, the Connecticut Department of Transportation anticipates the availability of approximately $1.7 billion in the total Capital Program funding for all transportation modes. This amount includes approximately $500 million for bus and rail assets and $1.2 billion available for highway and bridge infrastructure. The Department anticipates about $39 million in Maritime funding. [/expand]