One of the five tracks taking place at the 2019 Annual Conference, Infrastructure will span two days—March 10-11—and provide attendees with an in-depth look at our country's infrastructure, from an on-the-ground as well as theoretical perspective. Below, find an overview page as well as details about each of the panels being planned. We hope you will enjoy these two days of content.

Presidential Panels

The following infrastructure-focused Presidential Panels will features from across government and academia, looking at three of our most critical areas of infrastructure challenges: cybersecurity, our watershed and transportation.

Cybersecurity: “Infrastructure” and So Much More

Sunday, March 10 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
The federal Cybersecurity Framework, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, was originally launched by President Obama and has been continued by President Trump. Applicable infrastructure within the Framework includes utilities providing energy and water, as well as sectors covering transportation, financial services, communication, health care and public health, dams, key manufacturers, emergency services and more. In fact, cybersecurity itself encompasses all that we consider under the topic of “infrastructure.” This panel will look at the state of our nation’s cyber infrastructure and offer attendees a profound appreciation for its complexity. You’ll also walk away with a sense of the urgency associated with actions that must be taken to prevent multi-dimensional threats we invite if we fail to address cybersecurity challenges.
Wendy Haynes, Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement, Bridgewater State University
Presenters (more to come)
Camille Stewart, Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, New America
Amelia Estwick, Program Manager, National Cybersecurity Institute, Excelsior College
Gary Evee, CEO, Evee Security Group
Ron Ford, Regional Cybersecurity Advisor, New England Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Managing Our Country’s Watershed Infrastructure

Monday, March 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Many communities in the United States are dependent on human management of large natural watersheds. The Mississippi River drainage basin encompasses lands in 32 states. The Colorado and Columbia Rivers each drain parts of seven states. The Chesapeake Bay watershed encompasses parts of six states. The infrastructure projects that altered and now manage these watersheds include dredging, dams, levees and more with a variety of policy goals including flood control, irrigation, power generation, navigation and recreation. In addition, climate change is projected to include severe rainfall, “flashier” floods, and sea level rise in coastal areas, which will only increase today’s current challenges. This panel will examine the range of policy goals affecting our nation’s watersheds, including federal, state and local roles.
John Kirlin, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Carin Bisland, Associate Director, Office of Partnerships and Accountability, EPA, Chesapeake Bay Program Office
James Davis Martin, VaDEQ and Chair, Chesapeake Bay Program’s Water Quality Goal Implementation Team
Mary Gattis, Local Engagement and Environmental Policy Strategist

America’s Infrastructure: Is a D+ Acceptable?

Monday, March 11 | 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Every four years, the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues an Infrastructure Report Card. According to the most recent scores, America’s infrastructure scored a D+ overall, an alarmingly substandard grade for structures that undergird the economic health of the nation, domestically and globally. ASCE contends that the nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable with sufficient investment, leadership and planning—and a clear vision for the future. But those elements are the crux of the matter, aren’t they? Who pays and who benefits? And who is in charge, anyhow? Join us for a conversation with experts in in infrastructure investment, system safety and leadership and planning, and where we go from here.
Wendy Haynes, Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement, Bridgewater State University
Casey Dinges, Senior Managing Director, Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
Derrell Turner, Acting Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Transportation
Paul Wiedefeld, CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Concurrent Panels

Thirty concurrent panels will be presented throughout the conference focusing on our country's infrastructure challenges. Use the below search box to look for speakers you know, or use the arrows to expand each time slot to see which presentations will take place. (Click on the name of the presentation to open a window for more detail about each one.)

Panel Details