Los Angeles, CA—Gregory A. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, will introduce Mayor Eric Garcetti at the Los Angeles kickoff of Infrastructure Week on May 14 at Union Station. Mayor Garcetti will give the keynote address.
Infrastructure Week comprises a national week of events; media coverage; and education and issue advocacy to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting America's economy, society, security and future.
Mr. Kelly will also take part in a panel discussion, “Building an Urban Renaissance: Infrastructure for 21st Century Cities.” He will join Kristina Swallow, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, David Wright, general manager of Los Angeles Water and Power, and other engineering company executives for the discussion.
Mr. Kelly will discuss infrastructure development and how transportation improvements result in economic development in communities nationwide including Los Angeles, where WSP is currently involved in projects such as the Regional Connector and the Purple Line Extension.
In Washington, D.C., John Porcari, president of advisory services for WSP USA, will attend the Infrastructure Week Leadership Dinner on May 14, joining U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and other dignitaries.
Mr. Porcari will also take part in a panel discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution and the National Association of Counties at the NaCo Auditorium on May 17. The event, “Collaborate to Build: Modernizing Infrastructure Policies to Advance Public-Private Partnerships,” will explore ways for public agencies to improve partnerships with the private sector in the development of infrastructure projects.
Mr. Porcari will also participate in the Global Sustainable Real Assets Conference at the District Center DC on May 17. As the interim executive director of the Gateway Program Development Corporation, Mr. Porcari will discuss the resiliency aspects of the Program, a comprehensive rail investment that would improve current services, add resiliency and create new capacity for a critical section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) – the most heavily used passenger rail line in the country.
In New Orleans, Deborah Brown, director of alternative delivery for the firm’s advisory services group, will take part in a panel, “What’s Next in Funding and Finance,” on May 17 at the Port Authority Auditorium. Ms. Brown will join Edward Mortimer, executive director of transportation infrastructure for the United States Chamber of Commerce and Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, for the event. Ms. Brown will discuss the potential of design-build, public-private partnership and other forms for alternative delivery to execute large, complex infrastructure projects.
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