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ULI Michigan/ACEC/ASCE Michigan Infrastructure Conference

May 8, 2014
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48223 United States
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At the foundation of an improved economy is a strong infrastructure. How do we keep strengthening our infrastructure efforts to continue to attract new business and redevelopment opportunities to Michigan?

On May 8, 2014, join the Michigan District Council of the Urban Land Institute, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) of Michigan and over 150 attendees from across the state for the ACEC/ASCE/ULI Michigan Infrastructure Conference.

This innovative conference will focus on how infrastructure can drive economic development through emerging or expanding markets, creative leadership, new technologies and unique solutions developed by practitioners and facility/infrastructure developers and owners, and more.

Mike Horst, Senior Vice President of the Urban Land Institute’s Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative, will present Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City, the eighth in a series of annual reports from the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young. Infrastructure 2014 assesses the role of infrastructure in supporting and attracting metropolitan real estate investment and identifies key infrastructure investment priorities and bottlenecks. Attendees of the conference will receive a print copy of the report.

Chuck Hookham, Vice President, HDR Engineering, will present the 2013 ACEC Infrastructure Report Card, which assesses the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades that are based on physical condition and needed fiscal investments for improvement.

Joe Pavona, Governor Snyder’s Special Advisor for Public Private Partnerships, will lead a lively “fireside chat” with Liam Kelly, Principal and Partner, KPMG; Eric Larson, President & CEO, Larson Realty Group; and Anthony Pecchio, Vice President, Christman Capital Development Company. The group will discuss how they believe Michigan’s infrastructure can and will affect Michigan’s economy in the coming years.

The program will also feature a discussion on Michigan’s infrastructure needs from Keynote speaker Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, case studies of Michigan infrastructure solutions from the developer and municipal perspective, an industry trade show and an anticipated audience which will include members of the public sector and private development industries.


Thursday, May 8
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM: Infrastructure Report Presentations
Urban Land Institute
American Society of Civil Engineers
9:45 AM  – 10:15 AM: MDOT Director Kirk Steudle, PE
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break with Exhibitors
10:30 AM  – 11:30 AM: Educational Breakouts (3 Concurrent)
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Lunch with Exhibitors
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Awards Program
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Educational Breakouts (3 Concurrent)
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Break with Exhibitors
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Fireside Chat on Infrastructure
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Lt. Governor Brian Calley
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Closing Remarks
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Reception with Exhibitors

Friday, May 9
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Individual Board Meetings (ACEC & ASCE)
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Golf Outing at Forest Akers West

Breakout Sessions:

Thinking Outside the Development Toolbox
Led by Tony Slanec of OHM Advisors and William R. Wild, Mayor of Westland, Michigan

Gain a unique perspective for those who play a role in community development. A new lens is provided for evaluating future infrastructure and public policy decisions. We will discuss ROI relative to project outlay, maintenance, and revenue. Real regional case studies will be presented in a high-energy, visual format.

Grand Rapids Silver Line, Michigan’s First Bus Rapid Transit System
Led by Todd Davis, Jason Fox and Matt Hunter of CDM Smith and Conrad Venema of The Rapid

Grand Rapid’s BRT will link populations to area jobs, medical facilities, universities, and other activities within the service area with 33 BRT stations running along a 9.6 mile route through downtown and south to 60th Street. This will be the first in Michigan – it has a July 2014 operational date.

Public-Private Partnerships
Led by David M. Lick, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

The P3 concept can capture: (i) economic savings from single responsibility of building and operating a project; (ii) the private sectors’ ability to use depreciation, and tax credits; (iii) the use of expertise, efficiencies, economies of scale and experience; (iv) energy savings when rehabilitating old systems to capitalize a loan; (v) the ability to act in a rapid manner for early completion of a project.

Innovative Design/Policy to Address Complete Streets and Green Infrastructure
Led by Mark Heiber, Harley Ellis Devereaux; Susan Pollay, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority; and Jennifer Lawson, City of Ann Arbor

We depend on cars to travel from one neighborhood to another because we have no safe connection on which to walk/bike. Cities flood and we send polluted water into our streams and lakes. How are these things connected? This breakout will bring these issues together to provide solutions to difficult urban problems.

Funding For Infrastructure Projects
Led by Rhett Gronevelt, OHM Advisors and James Harless, Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc.

The majority of funding for municipal infrastructure is derived from federal and state funding sources. Who is eligible? How do you get the money? In the presentation, a number of funding and specialty sources will be discussed for a variety of projects. Non-traditional funding methods, such Brownfield tax increment financing, will also be discussed.

Continental Rail Gateway
Led by Marge Byington Potter, The Continental Rail Gateway

A strategically located port authority and two private-sector organizations are collaborating to strengthen regional economic activity and expand the Michigan- Ontario border region’s value as a logistics hub for international trade. This group’s current project: a high-clearance replacement rail tunnel under the DetroitRiver that will add freight capacity at a critical crossing between the world’s two largest trade partners.

Registration Information:

The cost of the event is $175.00 for ULI/ACEC/ASCE Members, $250.00 for non-members and $85.00 for employees of government agencies.

To register online, please follow the “Register Now” button below, sign in using your ULI ID (if you do not currently have a ULI ID, you can create one) and continue with the online registration process. If you do not wish to register online, you may register by completing and submitting the event Registration Form.

ACEC/ASCE Members may also register online through the ACEC Michigan event portal.

Advance registration closes May 2, 2014. On-site registration will be available the day of the event.

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