2014 Working Groups

Infrastructure for Cities and States

Mobilizing Private Investment in Public Infrastructure

Public funds are not sufficient to meet the growing need for infrastructure, which is a key contributor to economic development and long-term environmental resiliency. This Working Group will convene elected officials and organized labor alongside leaders from the financial, engineering, and construction industries with the goal of enhancing the market for domestic infrastructure.


Strategic Project Selection Infrastructure projects with clear performance metrics will deliver long-term economic benefits. Participants will discuss how effective planning and cross-sector knowledge sharing can bolster the impact of infrastructure.

Scaling Investment for Institutional Engagement To access capital at scale, infrastructure financings must appeal to a range of institutional investors. Participants will determine how best to employ regional exchanges and aggregated financings in an effort to engage private capital in infrastructure development.

Innovative Investment Structures When effectively structured, a spectrum of emerging financing mechanisms—including public-private partnerships and regional exchanges—enable cities, states, and the private sector to share the value of infrastructure. Participants will identify best practices and next steps for financing new and necessary infrastructure projects.

Incentivizing Resilient Infrastructure In the wake of disaster, cities and states incur dramatic costs; however, communities continue to favor investing in response over preparedness. Participants will discuss the best ways to demonstrate the value of investing in resilient infrastructure.

Innovative Commitments

Investment and Training for American Infrastructure
Commitment by: AFL-CIO
In 2011, the AFL-CIO committed to encourage workers’ capital to contribute to large-scale improvements to America’s built environment through an investment of $10 billion by 2016. As of April 2014, the commitment is nearing completion and the AFL-CIO is now considering how best to deploy funds toward domestic infrastructure development.

A Resource Clearinghouse for American Infrastructure PPP’s
Commitment by: The Brookings Institution
In 2013, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program committed to developing and launching a centralized web-based clearinghouse to facilitate the creation of public-private partnerships (PPP) for infrastructure development in the United States. The online platform will include case studies examining best in-class PPP projects, a best practices guide, and a resource bank providing model contracts, technical documents, and a networking platform.