2013 Working Groups

Infrastructure Financing for Cities

Infrastructure Financing for Cities

Mobilizing Private Investment in Public Infrastructure

Limited public funds are not sufficient to meet growing municipal infrastructure needs, yet public infrastructure is key to economic acceleration. This Working Group is part of the ongoing efforts of the Infrastructure Financing for Cities Task Force, which is chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and represents a collaboration between the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). This Working Group's sessions at CGI America 2012 will serve to support and empower the mayors in this Task Force who are seeking to drive capital investments into critical public infrastructure projects. Mayors and senior city officials will be joined by national experts and leaders from financial institutions and organized labor, as well as project developers and urban planners, to work toward this goal.


Strategic Project Selection Selecting infrastructure projects that are aligned with a city's economic strategies, with clear metrics that contribute directly to city or regional goals, will help ensure successful outcomes and deliver long-term economic benefits.

Balanced-Risk Allocation Strategy The allocation of risk between the public sector and private sector requires balancing the needs of a city's constituencies. Carefully weighing asset types and revenue models will help contribute to mutually beneficial partnerships.

Innovative Financing Mechanisms Thoughtful design and implementation are the foundations of a successful infrastructure project. Expanding traditional forms of financing to include infrastructure banks and public-private partnerships will allow local governments more flexibility to implement and support infrastructure needs.

Public Communication Planning Effectively conveying the needs and benefits of an infrastructure project builds confidence in local communities. A proactive communication plan that gives concerned constituencies a voice in the process can help mitigate critical barriers and garner support.