Event | Virtual Discussion

Transition 2020 | Building Back Better: Public Infrastructure and Finance Under a Biden Administration

Region: Americas
16 December 2020
Virtual Discussion

A recording from the webinar is now available to view online.

From polarized reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic to a divided electorate voting in a historic and contentious presidential election, 2020 revealed converging challenges that confront, and will continue to test, the US. Among the most critical issues facing the country is infrastructure, an issue that always seemed to have bipartisan support, yet consistently eluded real progress.

President-elect Joe Biden has a plan to “Build Back Better,” for which he plans to launch “a national effort aimed at creating the jobs we need to build a modern, sustainable infrastructure now and deliver an equitable clean energy future.”

How would the Biden Administration practically approach and overcome the challenges that have stalled infrastructure development for the last four years, and now under the shadows of a global health crisis? How would the need for funding to develop infrastructure be balanced against the fight against COVID-19? What role does infrastructure development play in economic recovery during and post-COVID-19? What could be some of the most attainable goals for the Biden Administration working with a divided Congress?

To answer these questions and more, Squire Patton Boggs and the Association of Public Finance Professionals (APFP) of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia have convened an esteemed panel of former elected and appointed officials with established leadership experience effecting transformational changes in US infrastructure to share their insights. The panel will provide their outlook on the possibility of an infrastructure package being moved in the 117th Congress; how President-elect Biden would accomplish “building back better”; and the real-world implications of these policy changes.

Insights will be provided by:

  • Joe Crowley, Senior Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs – Former US Congressman (D-NY) and former Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
  • Bill Shuster, Senior Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs – Former US Congressman (R-PA) and former Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Rodney E. Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs – Former US Secretary of Transportation (Clinton Administration)

Squire Patton Boggs Public & Infrastructure Finance partners Alethia Nancoo and Robert Labes (new Practice Group Leader) will provide the opening remarks and moderate the discussions, respectively. Craig Robinson, President of APFP, will provide the concluding remarks.

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