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Moving Past the Barriers: Implementing Public-Private Infrastructure Financing Solutions
January 8, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure development is critical to the overall competitiveness of every sector of the economy, and it is essential if the U.S. is to increase exports of agricultural products, energy, manufactured goods and raw materials. The demand for innovative infrastructure financing continues to grow, yet scaling up current programs and implementing new funding models has been slow to progress in the United States.

With new proposed legislation at a national level and state programs beginning to spur investment, the time to plan for implementing new financing models is now. There has been some success in attracting private capital to augment public investment in infrastructure, from private activity bonds to the TIFIA program and state infrastructure banks, but whether and how current models and approaches can be adapted and scaled to attract the amount of investment needed remain open to debate.

This Financial Innovations Lab, held in Washington, D.C., in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, will bring together a group of investors, government decision-makers and infrastructure experts to evaluate emerging financing models and craft recommendations to break past the log jams impeding implementation. Proposals for national or regional finance authorities, a national infrastructure bank or center of excellence, as well as the expansion of existing programs, including state financing agencies, will be vetted for viability and potential impact. The session will provide an opportunity to map out a strategic plan with concrete action items to catalyze increased investment.

Results from the Lab, including recommended next steps for implementation, will be published soon. For information, contact Caitlin MacLean, associate director of Financial Innovations Labs, at cmaclean@milkeninstitute.org.