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Worldwide, there is no shortage of capital for infrastructure projects. The sovereign wealth funds of nations like China and the United Arab Emirates are pouring trillions of dollars into transportation, logistics and utility infrastructure around the globe.
The question for Chicagoland and the Midwest more broadly is: Why not here? MPC and co-sponsor Lazard are bringing together the firms that advise and act for global infrastructure investors with local leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to investing in Chicagoland’s infrastructure.
9:30 a.m.—Registration and light breakfast
9:45 a.m.—Welcome. MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
10 to 11 a.m.—Panel: Infrastructure Investors and How They Invest. Moderator: Justin Palfreyman, Director, Power, Energy & Infrastructure, Lazard
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Panel: Finding Revenue Sources to Attract the Capital and Support Project Design. Moderator: George Bilicic, Global Head of Power, Energy & Infrastructure and Head of Midwest Advisory, Lazard
12:15 p.m.—Break for lunch (provided)
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.—Panel: Attracting Infrastructure Investment to Chicago and the Midwest. Moderator: George Bilicic, Global Head of Power, Energy & Infrastructure and Head of Midwest Advisory, Lazard
Confirmed speakers include:
- John C. S. Anderson, Senior Managing Director and Head of North American Bond Investing, John Hancock, Boston, Mass.
- Jonathan Berger, Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., Oak Brook, Ill.
- Jon Bram, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners, New York, N.Y.
- Mark B. Florian, Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Funds, First Reserve, Greenwich, Conn.
- Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, City of Gary, Ind.
- Matt Mikeska, Vice President of Business Development, Quanta Services, Houston, Texas
- Jessica Murray, Head of Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing, Project Development North America, Skanska USA Inc., New York, N.Y.
- Lois Scott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Chicago
- Michael Skelly, Founder and President, Clean Line Energy, Houston, Texas
A light breakfast will be available during registration and a boxed lunch will be provided. You may request a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free lunch when you register.