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Alternative Finance Subcommittee Held Third Workshop

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Alternative Finance for Waterways Infrastructure Subcommittee held its third workshop in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 20, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Alternative Finance Demonstration Program was featured. 

The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority P3/P4 project was discussed along with the Illinois Waterway Locks & Dams P3/P4 Project and the Grand Prairie Irrigation P3/P4 Project.

There were over 90 attendees, including members of the engineering and construction industry, finance, concessionaires, waterway operators and users, Congressional staff, and port authorities. Bob Beduhn, Member of the Alternative Finance for Waterways Infrastructure Subcommittee, organized the workshop.

A fourth workshop is now being planned for the San Francisco Bay Area to be held in the first quarter of 2017.

Infrastructure Roundtable on Alternative Finance

Following the St. Paul workshop, an Infrastructure Roundtable on Alternative Financing was held at USACE Headquarters on October 3, 2016. The Roundtable was organized by Harvard, John F. Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in partnership with USACE and other federal agencies.

The purpose of the Roundtable was to explore the use of public-private partnerships and other financing and delivery mechanisms identifying innovative financing and delivery approaches to the challenges associated with developing, operating and maintaining the nation's water resource and waterways infrastructure. 

Senior members of the House Appropriations Committee, the Office of Budget and Management at the White House, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attended, including the Chief, Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, Major General Jackson, Chief of Operations, Eddie Belk, Chief of Civil Works, James Dalton and others.

Several ASCE / COPRI Members and staff attended the event. Dennis Lambert, Chair of the Alternative Finance Subcommittee; Norma Jean Mattei, Vice Chair of the Alternative Finance Subcommittee, Commissioner of the Mississippi River Commission and President of ASCE; retired Major General Merdith W.B. (Bo) Temple, former Commander and Chief of Engineers of the USACE, and retired Major General John Peabody, both Members of the Alternative Finance Subcommittee; Tom Chase, Director of COPRI; and Whit Remer, ASCE Governmental Relations.