On March 8, The Washington Post will bring together industry experts and policymakers to examine what’s needed to modernize the nation’s transportation and energy infrastructure, and how different approaches may impact job creation.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Program Highlights
Cheryl A. LaFleur, acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke about the resources necessary to modernize U.S. transportation and energy infrastructure.
Kurt Nagle, president and chief executive officer for the American Association of Port Authorities, discusses the importance of building infrastructure with future generations in mind.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) spoke about the impact of climate change to FEMA planning, saying that the Mar-a-Lago flood maps, in President Trump's Palm Beach, Fla., resort may change Trump's perspective on climate change.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said that infrastructure modernization should be a bipartisan issue.
Former transportation secretary Ray LaHood discussed various ways to generate revenue to fund infrastructure improvements.
Former transportation secretary Ray LaHood discussed President Trump's timeline for accomplishing large infrastructure projects.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) discusses the role ports play in improving the nation's infrastructure.
Sponsor Remarks
Paul Browning, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, delivers the opening remarks at The Washington Post's panel discussion, "How to fix America’s infrastructure."
Opening Remarks
Kris Coratti
Kris Coratti is the Vice President of Communications and Events for The Washington Post. She is responsible for developing and managing The Post’s communications strategy in addition to overseeing conferences and events.
Sponsor: Paul F. Browning
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA), Inc., Paul Browning oversees all Western Hemisphere business activities. Mr. Browning has extensive global leadership experience in distributed and central power generation, as well as in North American midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. He has also served on the Board of Directors of eSolar, and Fuel Cell Energy.
The Trillion Dollar Question
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Sheldon Whitehouse was elected to the United States Senate in 2006. Prior to that, he was Attorney General of Rhode Island from 1998 to 2003. In the Senate, he is a member of the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW); the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.)
Blake Farenthold was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and is currently serving his fourth term. He is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is vice-chairman of the Railways and Pipeline Subcommittee.
Moderated by: Steven Mufson
Steven Mufson covers energy and other financial matters. He has worked at The Post since 1989 and has been its chief economic policy writer, Beijing correspondent, diplomatic correspondent and deputy editor of the weekly Outlook section.
A Roadmap for Repair
Jennifer Cohan
Jennifer Cohan was appointed in January 2015 to be only the third woman to lead the Delaware Department of Transportation after serving as the Director of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles since 2007. Her state public service career has spanned over 27 years. Jennifer has worked in the capacity of Financial/Program Manager at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control managing the state's Clean Water Program.
Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood served as the 16th Department of Transportation Secretary from 2009 to 2013. Before heading the U.S. Department of Transportation, Secretary LaHood served from 1995 to 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the 18th District of Illinois and also served on various House committees, among them the powerful House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.
Tony Williams
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the District. 
Moderated by Karen Tumulty
Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. 
Infrastructure: The 21st Century Fix
Cheryl LaFleur
Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur was first nominated by President Barack Obama to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2010 and was confirmed for a second term by the Senate in 2014. On January 23, 2017 she was appointed Acting Chairman by President Donald Trump. She was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Acting Chairman of the Commission from November 2013 to July 2014 and as Chairman from July 2014 until April 2015.
Kurt Nagle
Kurt Nagle has over 30 years of experience in Washington, DC, related to seaports and international trade.  Since 1995, Mr. Nagle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).  Mr. Nagle began working at AAPA, the alliance of the leading public port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, in 1985.
Costa Samaras
At Carnegie Melon University, Costa Samaras' research spans energy, climate change, automation, and defense analysis. He directs the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation, is an affiliated faculty member in both the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Energy Science, Technology and Policy Program, and he is also an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation and Pardee RAND Graduate School. He previously held positions as a Senior Engineer at RAND and a transportation engineer in New York City.
Moderated by Michael Laris
Michael Laris covers transportation for the Washington Post. He's a California native and former China reporter. 
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