The COVID-19 pandemic has severely stressed federal, state and local budgets, but vital improvements to the country’s infrastructure have not vanished. The challenge of addressing those needs in a new fiscal normal also holds potential for cities and states to emerge stronger by applying innovative approaches.

On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Washington Post Live will bring together government officials, industry leaders and entrepreneurs, including Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock for a live event focused on how cities and states are utilizing data analytics and AI in their efforts to transform America’s infrastructure and foster a new resilience.



Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.)

Seth Moulton was first called to service when he joined the Marines in 2001, days after graduating from college and months before the attacks on 9/11. As the leader of an infantry platoon, he was among the first Americans to reach Baghdad in 2003. He served four tours in a war that he didn’t agree with - but he was proud to go, so no one had to go in his place. After returning home from Iraq, Seth earned joint degrees in Business and Public Policy at graduate school, and then worked in the private sector in Texas to build the country’s first high speed rail line. But it wasn’t long before he was called to serve once again - this time in his home district in Massachusetts. Seth ran - and won - on a platform of bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington, becoming the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent in a primary in 2014. In the two terms since he was first sworn in, Seth has worked tirelessly to uphold his commitment to bipartisanship. He has passed several bipartisan bills, including the Faster Care for Veterans Act and the Modernizing Government Travel Act, and was named the most effective freshman Democrat by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He has also concentrated on spurring economic development in Massachusetts, creating the first intergovernmental task force focused on growing the economy of Lynn, the biggest city in his district. Today, as Vice Chair of the Budget Committee, Seth is focused on creating a new economic agenda that will make a difference for American families. He also sits on the House Armed Services Committee and co-chairs its Future of Defense Task Force. Seth lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife, Liz, and their daughter, Emmy.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

Mayor Harry LaRosiliere was elected Mayor of Plano in 2013. He was sworn in as Plano’s 39th Mayor and is the first African American to be elected to this office. In May of 2017, he was sworn in for a second term. Prior to this he proudly served his community for six years as a two-term City Council Member. Mayor LaRosiliere’s primary focus has been to create a robust economic development environment that will generate an upward cycle of prosperity for all. During his tenure, Plano has established itself as a regional employment destination. Quality job creation provides the resources to deliver outstanding services, revitalize neighborhoods and invest in City assets. Some of the successes in recent years include major corporate relocations such as: Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JP Morgan Chase and Co., Boeing Global Services, and FedEx Office to name a few. Mayor is also very proud of the many small businesses that are thriving and expanding in our city as well. Mayor LaRosiliere firmly believes as a premiere city, Plano rightfully deserves a voice on the national stage. He is an active member of the bipartisan organization, the United States Conference of Mayors. He serves as Chair on the prominent Transportation and Communications Committee where he takes part in meaningful conversations with mayors across the nation.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Michael B. Hancock, who became the city’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and was re-elected overwhelmingly in May 2015, immediately began to transform Denver into a more globally competitive city. With the fifth-busiest airport in the United State serving more than 54 million passengers per year, Mayor Hancock is leveraging Denver International Airport (DIA) to make the entire Denver region a major gateway to the world. Mayor Hancock has secured several new, nonstop international flights, including Tokyo, Mexico City, Reykjavik and now Paris, Munich, Montreal and Panama City, bringing over $250.4M in economic benefits to the region. These routes are opening new connections between the Rocky Mountain West and Asia, Europe and Central America. To help the Denver area compete in the global marketplace, Mayor Hancock also is working to create a bustling Airport City and Aerotropolis, which will create more than 30,000 new jobs over the next 20 years. The first phase of these initiatives includes a new 500-room hotel and transit center at the airport, which opened in November 2015, as well as a 20-mile rail line linking Downtown Denver with DIA, which opened on April 22, 2016. The Mayor has also developed strategic short- and long-term business plans to support and grow Denver’s diverse, intelligent and forward-leaning businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy, bio-technology, telecommunications, aerospace and healthcare. Denver’s economy is at the forefront of American cities, offering among the strongest job and housing markets in the U.S. As Denver and cities across the country emerge from the recession, Mayor Hancock is committed to creating economic opportunity and eliminating inequities and disparities. Top priorities include reducing homelessness, increasing affordable housing options, strengthening workforce training partnerships with community colleges, and finding solutions to chronic mental health and substance abuse challenges in the community.

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Mayoral Infrastructure Priorities for Confronting a Health, Economic and Societal Crisis

Francis Suarez, mayor of the City of Miami and second vice president at The US Conference of Mayors, along with Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, discuss the top finding of a joint Harris Poll focusing on immediate and long-term infrastructure and technology priorities as mayors push for resilience and recovery amid expected pandemic-driven budget declines.

(This content was produced and paid for by a Washington Post Live event sponsor. The Washington Post newsroom was not involved in the production of this content.)

Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami

Prior to being elected with 86 percent support from Miami residents, Mayor Suarez served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during eight years. Mayor Suarez had many legislative accomplishments as Commissioner, including implementing ShotSpotter technology in the City, a state-of-the-art gunshot detection system, setting up a transportation trust fund, which allocates funds for current and future transit projects, and passing the Reverse Redline legislation, authorizing lawsuits against several major banks for discriminatory mortgage lending practices. As a result, the City’s lawsuit reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that cities have standing to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for such discriminatory practices. Mayor Suarez also serves as Chair of the Environment Committee, as well as on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In these capacities, Mayor Suarez takes a leading role in collaborating with fellow mayors from around the country to preserve the environment and develop programs and policies that directly benefit the City of Miami. Mayor Suarez is married to Gloria Fonts Suarez. They have a son, Andrew Xavier, and a daughter, Gloriana Pilar. They consider themselves honored and blessed to be raising their family in the City of Miami.

Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA

Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports. Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT. Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential. Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Corporation Board, the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, Triumph Group, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.