Join NLC for Infrastructure Week 2017

Infrastructure Week 2017
Infrastructure Week 2017

From May 15 through May 19, NLC and our partners around the United States are celebrating Infrastructure Week 2017 to raise awareness about our nation's infrastructure investment needs. Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild.

Stand up for infrastructure investment and learn more about resources for your city by adding the below NLC activities to your Infrastructure Week calendar. For more information and to view the full list of Infrastructure Week 2017 events visit

Monday, May 15

Invest in Cities: It's Time to Build

As NLC leaders and our allies converge on Capitol Hill, join us from home to call on Congress to invest in cities. Click here to tell your members of Congress that cities need a combination of creative financing tools and direct federal invest to tackle our infrastructure deficit.

Tuesday, May 16

Resilient Water Management: Strengthening Communities & Growing Economies
2:00 – 3:30pm EDT, Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216

Today, cities across the nation are grappling with significant water challenges from aging infrastructure and poor water quality, to water scarcity or flooding. Not only do these challenges impact public health and quality of life, but they also threaten business growth. Added pressures from a changing climate only exacerbates these challenges, leaving communities more vulnerable to extreme storms, flooding and drought. At the same time, a growing number of companies recognize that water security is a core business input that can’t be taken for granted and are stepping up as valuable partners in protecting and restoring the watersheds vital to their success.

The resilience of our cities and our businesses to withstand future water risks will highly depend on how water is managed today. How are local governments, businesses, and others using integrated water management strategies to address environmental challenges head on? How can these challenges promote economic growth and business sustainability? This panel discussion will feature government and business leaders who are adopting sustainable water practices to improve water infrastructure and secure the resilience of their communities.

Featured speakers include: 

  • NLC President Matt Zone, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Honorable Mayor Darryl V. Grennell, Natchez, Mississippi
  • The Honorable Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • The Honorable Mayor Sal Panto, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Sam Adams, Director, World Resources Institute
  • Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities
  • Kyle Dryfuss-Wells, CEO, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Emily Feenstra, Deputy Director, US Water Alliance
  • Betsy Otto, Global Director, Water Program, World Resources Institute
  • John Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director, Coca-Cola

This event is hosted by the National League of Cities, Value of Water Campaign, World Resources Institute. 

Click here to register and learn more.

Wednesday, May 17

Built to Last: A Discussion of the Importance of Local Infrastructure Investments
10:00 - 11:30am EDT, National City-County Leadership Center, 660 North Capitol Street, NW

The vibrant network of infrastructure in America’s cities and counties is the economic competitive advantage that allows our 122.5 million households and 7.5 million businesses to lead the world in an increasingly globalized economy. Yet, we know that our infrastructure is failing us. Join the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the US Conference of Mayors for a moderated panel featuring local elected officials discussing what drives infrastructure investment in their communities. The panelists will address financing, successful projects and tools local governments need to maintain and develop infrastructure nationwide.

Featured speakers include: 

  • NLC President Matt Zone, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • The Honorable Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Robert Puentes, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation (moderator)

State and Local Infrastructure Drives America
2:00 - 3:30pm EDT, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154

With an infrastructure and transportation plan on the horizon, what will be the impact on state and local governments? Join the Big 7 state and local government associations for a briefing on Capitol Hill to learn about outstanding examples of infrastructure projects nationwide.  The panel of broad reaching state and local elected officials will discuss municipal bonds, Highway Trust Fund solvency issues and TIGER Grant successes.

Featured speakers include:

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA)
  • Representative Sam Graves (R-MO)
  • NLC President Matt Zone, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • The Honorable Andrew McLean, Maine House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • The Honorable Curt Bramble, Utah State Senator


Thursday, May 18

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Improving Water Quality through Integrated Planning
10:00am EDT, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167

Mayor Johnny DuPree, Ph.D, Hattiesburg, Mississippi will testify on behalf of NLC on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Planning for Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater framework. The hearing will be live streamed on the Committee’s website.

The Importance of Broadband in Building Smart Communities
2:00 – 3:30pm EDT, National City-County Leadership Center, 660 North Capitol Street, NW

Talk of “smart cities” seems ubiquitous these days, plus communities are experiencing pressure to prepare for a future that promises autonomous vehicles and fully connected infrastructure. Broadband is critical to the success of these new and forthcoming technological innovations. Participate in this session to better understand the kinds of broadband infrastructure needed for smart cities, and learn how communities can plan for smart infrastructure development.

Featured speakers include:

  • Jean Rice (moderator), Broadband Development Officer, BroadbandUSA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Dr. Brenda Bannan, George Mason University
  • Josh Breitbart, Senior Advisor for Broadband, New York City
  • The Honorable David Luna, Vice Mayor, Mesa, Arizona
  • The Honorable Hans Reimer, Council Vice President, Montgomery County, Maryland

This event hosted by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. This event is sponsored by Crown Castle. 

Click here to register and learn more.

Friday, May 19

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles on Our Roads
10:00 – 11:30am EDT, National City-County Leadership Center, 660 North Capitol Street, NW

For years, autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, seemed like a fantasy that was appealing but unlikely to come to fruition. However, autonomous vehicles are here now, and local governments and regional organizations face a number of challenging questions of how to plan for them and how to integrate them into mixed traffic environments. This panel discussion will feature several experts in this field as well as local government and regional officials who can talk about the current state of autonomous vehicle research and technology development, what this means for communities and regions and how they should prepare, and how we can expect autonomous vehicles to work with existing mobility and transit systems.

Featured speakers include: 

  • Douglas R. Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Greg Scott, Government Affairs Advisor, American Car Rental Association
  • Adie Tomer, Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Ed Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

This event is hosted by the National League of Cities and the National Association of Regional Councils. This event is sponsored by Enterprise. 

Click here to register and learn more.