Barry LePatner gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. on the alarming state of the nation's infrastructure before an influential group of transportation and infrastructure officials and lobbyists, including former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, the head of AASHTO, the managing director of the ASCE, the Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board, and the Director of the Carnegie Endowment as well as leaders from ULI and reporters from Bloomberg News. Highlighting findings and research from his recently published book, Too Big To Fall: America's Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward, LePatner discussed at length the importance of obtaining true complete-price contracts for infrastructure projects. Critical issues related to funding were raised and discussed during the Q&A.
According to Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Planning Program at the Brookings Institution and author of a foreward to Too Big To Fall, LePatner's speech was well-received and was "as if it given by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell with statistics." LePatner distributed copies of the firm's LePatner C3 Model" whitepaper and his new analysis of the NTSB Report on the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.
Bloomberg News and other bloggers covered the event.
Audio excerpts of Barry's speech will be posted soon.