We recently had the privilege of assembling a panel of industry experts for a webinar to discuss how our industry will rise to meet this remarkable moment in which we are poised to redefine this nation’s infrastructure. Our panelists agreed that leveraging technology and innovation would be critical to successfully delivering on the promises of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
Our Co-Founder and President, Si Katara, moderated a discussion with Dr. Shawn Wilson, secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), Ed Sniffen, deputy director, Highways Division, at the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), and Aaron Ford, associate VP and senior technology project manager at HNTB.
As a bonus, Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, appointed by President Biden to oversee the IIJA, also joined the webinar to discuss his role in delivering this once-in-a-generation investment in American infrastructure. Mr. Landrieu acknowledged the challenge presented by this $1.2 trillion initiative which encompasses over 100 new programs spanning across the federal government and more than a dozen agencies. He noted that “because we haven’t done something this big in a long time, trying to organize its execution is going to require a lot of really good thought, design, down-line logistics, preparation, and action to get it done right.”
A recording of this event will be available for a limited time. Tune in for some memorable learnings from our conversation with these experienced leaders including:
- Catalysts and challenges expected on the road ahead
- Funding mechanisms and how to access them
- How delivering the program will require innovation
- Organizational change management guidance
We began 2022 with a mandate to transform our nation’s infrastructure. While our panelists agree that the unprecedented investment the IIJA provides is a strong beginning, they hope that a similar level of funding will become standard for infrastructure, so we won’t have to do the work to bring it up to par again.
Our substantive and practical conversation provided valuable guidance for how to begin this disruptive program. We invite you to view the entire webinar if you want to learn more.