Agenda 9.14.20


Throughout the week, check out our #RebuildBetter Around America video series - sharing stories of what leaders from coast to coast are doing - or need - to rebuild better. We invite you to share your own story - grab your phone or camera, and spend a few minutes discussing the challenges you and your community face, and how you're using infrastructure to solve them. Post them to Twitter this week and tag it #RebuildBetter!

Flooding, Equity, and Green Space: Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District


Today's podcast episodes from leaders across the sector!

People. Infrastructure. Covid.

Brookings Fellow and UFI Steering Committee Member Adie Tomer talks about the human cost of the pandemic and how to think about the economics of infrastructure, its workforce, and recovery moving forward.

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Sponsored Podcast: The Next Big Thing For America's Infrastructure

Join Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton's new podcast to discuss one of the biggest trends impacting infrastructure, which actually started in the consumer world: a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Elise Neel, Vice President of New Business Incubation at Verizon, joins Barbara to share its potential and the impact of 5G to infrastructure and industry.

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How Transportation Infrastructure Weathers a Pandemic

In this episode, HNTB's SVP and National Transportation Market Leader John Bartonshares lessons learned from the early days of COVID and how transportation infrastructure scaled down, prepares to scale up, and continues to function and innovate during a pandemic.

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Coming Up Tomorrow

Register for tomorrow's great events, including:

-It's time for an Infrastructure 'Boost': Confronting Utility Bill Affordability during the COVID-19 Virus, hosted by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

-Private Infrastructure Investment and the Post-Pandemic Recovery, hosted by the Global Infrastructure Investor Association

-Wisconsin ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Release Event, hosted by ASCE

-Envisioning the Opportunity of Freeway Caps and Stitches: Atlanta, Austin, and St. Paul, hosted by the Urban Land Institute

-What the Pandemic and Election mean for Infrastructure in 2021, hosted by Squire Patton Boggs

See our full calendar for more!

It's time for an Infrastructure 'Boost': Confronting Utility Bill Affordability in the Time of COVID

Infrastructure services like water and sewer, electricity and gas, transportation, telephone, and broadband are essential to everyday life, but they are not always affordable to households. The economic impacts of COVID-19 have only exacerbated affordability challenges and created an additional barrier to economic opportunity. While 32 states have enacted emergency orders to bar utility shutoffs, many are set to expire soon, leaving millions of American households in dire circumstances.

On Tuesday, September 15, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program will convene a discussion examining the challenges around affordability and exploring solutions that will bring relief to household budgets. Two panel conversations will break down how utility costs can be tracked and measured, and how innovative ideas, like digital banking, can aim to achieve greater affordability for households in need of financial support.

Wisconsin ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Release Event

Access to reliable, safe, infrastructure improves the quality of life and “sets the table” for sustainable economic growth. The 2020 ASCE Wisconsin Report Card is a tool created to help residents, businesses, and policymakers understand the state of Wisconsin’s infrastructure. A comprehensive overview of the report card will be presented on to help start the conversation about how to improve the future of our state’s infrastructure.


Freeway caps and stitches provide an opportunity to reconnect bifurcated communities adversely impacted by the interstate highway system. This webinar will explore how AtlantaAustin, and Saint Paul are using this infrastructure solution to reimagine their cities through a new process for community engagement (especially in the time of a global pandemic), integrated transportation planning, addressing racial equity, and creating new real estate and park development opportunities.

This webinar is being hosted by the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative as part of United for Infrastructure 2020: A Week to Champion America’s Infrastructure.