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From our highways, railways, and waterways to our national broadband capacity, our electric grid, and our schools, America's infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly.  Despite pressing infrastructure needs, financial resource scarcity in a depressed economy and competing priorities for government and private funding have largely held back progressive investment in infrastructure repairs and new development.  At this GUIRR meeting, participants will explore the potential implications of underinvestment in infrastructure, as well as the role that public and private sector entities may play in succeeding or failing to provide optimal infrastructure for robust economic growth and achievement of America's science and technology research goals. 

Meeting Materials

Monday, June 24, 2013

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address 
"Making the Case for Strategic Investment in Infrastructure"

  • Governor Ed Rendell, Co-Chair, Building America's Future Educational Fund
  • Moderator: Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont; GUIRR Industry Co-Chair                          
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks 

  • GUIRR Co-Chairs: Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont 
  • Dr. Jack Gansler, Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
8:15-8:45 am 

Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future

  • Mr. Patrick Natale, Executive Director, Chief Staff Officer, and Secretary, American Society of Civil Engineers
8:45-9:45 am 

The Economics of Infrastructure  

10:15-11:15 am 

Infrastructure Funding Mechanisms  

  • Mr. Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • Dr. Michael H. Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency                                 
11:15-11:45 am Infrastructure Productivity: How to Save $1 Trillion a Year 
  • Mr. Mike Kerlin, Associate Partner, Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company                        
11:45 am-12:15 pm Evaluating Infrastructure Investments: An Economic Regulatory Perspective  
1:45-2:15 pm Materials Genome Initiative 
  • Dr. Cyrus Wadia, Assistant Director for Clean Energy & Materials R&D, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
2:15-2:45 pm

GUIRR Project Updates 

  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership, FDP
  • International Research Collaborations (I-Group) 
  • GUIRR Webinar 
3:00 pm

Keynote Presentation by Governor Ed Rendell

Making the Case for Strategic Investment in Infrastructure from The Academies on Vimeo.