Funding America’s Critical Infrastructure

Funding America's Critical Infrastructure

November 16, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

Federal funding for infrastructure development is coming. President Trump and presidential candidate, Joe Biden, have both proposed infrastructure investment plans for over one trillion dollars. It comes at a good time because according to the World Economic Forum the United States ranks 13th in quality of infrastructure.

In every sector project development opportunities are abundant. Every sector is experiencing priorities shift toward automation, sustainability, and resilience. Another common thread, whether it be a commercial building or highway, a cruise ship channel or an offshore wind industrial base, the projects are expensive and funding is hard to come by. What are America’s most pressing infrastructure needs and where will federal funding go?

EUCI’s Funding America’s Critical Infrastructure course will bring together a curated cross-section of industry leaders and experts to present their perspectives on energy and water, buildings and facilities, telecommunications, transportation, and port infrastructure needs and how to pay for it.

Topics include:

  • Proposed federal infrastructure investment plans
  • Project finance, PACE, and other financial services
  • Best practices for sustainability and resilience
  • Emerging trends, digital infrastructure, and futureproofing

Attend EUCI’s Funding America’s Critical Infrastructure webinar to position your organization for success as we rebuild America together.

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will provide attendees an opportunity to:

Prepare for the next 50 years of infrastructure development:

  • Assess upcoming federal infrastructure investment plans
  • Evaluate your options for infrastructure project finance
  • Explore ways to incorporate sustainability and resilience into your projects
  • Identify emerging trends, disruptive technologies, and access strategies for futureproofing

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the webinar to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.


Monday, November 16, 2020 – Central Time

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address: Project Finance & an Overview of Our Critical Needs

This Keynote Address will provide the latest information on project finance and how the proposed federal infrastructure investment plans can drive further development opportunities. Attendees will also get an overview of America’s most pressing needs with a focus on energy and digital infrastructure.

Mona Dajani, Equity Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Structured Credit for Sustainable Buildings & Facilities

Private institutions represent an additional source of funding to enable infrastructure development projects. What are the financial mechanisms? Who can take advantage of public-private-partnerships such as PACE financing?

Taimur Jamil, Managing Director, Hannon Armstrong/CounterpointeSRE

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Identifying Investment Opportunities in Existing Infrastructure

Developers of large commercial and industrial properties play a key role in rebuilding America. Integrating clean energy solutions into existing infrastructure can be a cost-effective, long-term solution. How do commercial and industrial properties identify the right solution and what are the cost/benefit estimates? Should C&I property owners invest their own capital into enhancing their energy infrastructure or is a third-party investor a better option? Determining which technological and financial options are best is complicated, due to numerous factors, but there are increasingly attractive solutions available making identifying existing infrastructure opportunities more important than ever.

Kyle Goehring, Executive Vice President, JLL Clean Energy Solutions

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Telecommunications Infrastructure Opportunities and Funding Needs

Investing in next generation broadband deployment particularly in rural areas is critical for economic development. What are the infrastructure needs and how do we lower the barriers to broadband deployment? What is the federal government prioritizing? How much do these projects cost and what sources of funding are available to address the digital divide?

Gary Bolton, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Transportation Project Feasibility & Budget Analysis

Across the country there are a variety of projects in our rural areas and urban centers that are at or near the end of their design lives. Our roads, bridges, airports, and transportation systems are critical to the prosperity of our economy and yet transportation infrastructure continues to be severely underfunded. This presentation will look at the issues, funding gaps, and the considerations relevant to transportation and transit infrastructure projects, including the impacts of covid-19, lowered tax revenue streams, and how Public-Private-Partnerships (P3s) can help.

Janos Mann, Vice President, Infrastructure & Project Finance, EY

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: America’s Seaports–Transportation Development Opportunities & Funding Needs

Ports and railroads across America are undergoing significant transformations. From renovating ocean terminals and docks to establishing large capacity freight mobility networks, there is an abundance of development opportunities. How much will these projects cost and where will the funding come from? How will investments in port and rail infrastructure spur economic growth?

Ty Reasonover, Senior Manager, Trade/Business Development, Port Houston

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Financing Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Water supply and distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems are all critical to our communities. Throughout the country these systems need improvement, expansion, and replacement. There are a variety of financial sources to develop environmentally and financially sustainable water projects. Hear best practices and lessons learned on financing for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, particularly in the U.S. border communities with Mexico.

Fernando Barrera, Associate Director of Financial Services, Corporate and Public Sectors, North American Development Bank


Fernando Barrera, Associate Director of Financial Services, Corporate and Public Sectors, North American Development Bank

Mr. Barrera has 25 years of professional experience in the positions of cost specialist, economic engineering and contracting under the Corporate Department of Engineering and Project Development at Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), as project manager under the US-Mexico Border Affairs Office at the Mexican Water Commission (CONAGUA), and as an engineering consultant at EFE Asesores, S.A. de C.V.

Mr. Barrera has worked at the North American Development Bank (NADB) in San Antonio, Texas, over the last 10 years, having held different positions. Since August 2019, he has served as Associate Director of Financial Services, Corporate and Public Sectors. In this capacity, his functions include the development, coordination of due diligence, closing and disbursement of credit in public and public-private projects, both in Mexico and in the United States in which NADB participates as a financial entity. He also collaborates in the loan origination process, for each of the public and public-private projects undertaken by the infrastructure financing area of NADB and develops loan proposals for internal committees and NADB Board approval. Previous to this position, he managed for over a year, the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) a grant program, funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by NADB , to develop and finance drinking water and sanitation projects on the border of the United States and Mexico. In this position, he had the opportunity to work together with government authorities at the federal, state and municipal levels, as well as with other important actors from both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border region.

Mr. Barrera holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has a Master in Sciences in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, where he received a scholarship from the Chevening Program with the British Government. He also has a certificate in Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

Mona Dajani, Equity Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Mona Dajani serves as a lead lawyer in complex acquisitions, dispositions, financing and project development transactions involving energy and infrastructure facilities in the United States and around the world.

Dual qualified as both an MBA lawyer and an engineer, Mona has pre-eminent experience in both conventional energy and renewable energy – the latter being where her professional and personal passion lays. She represents a wide variety of commercial and public institutions, sponsors, utilities, financial institutions, underwriters, private equity funds, investment banks and multilateral agencies in transactions throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Mona is a board member for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), The Energy Lawyers Network, Lawyers for the Creative Arts and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). She is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, IFLR1000, Rising Legal Stars, Law 360, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019 and other publications, Mona was also appointed as a Fellow to the Construction Lawyers Society in 2017, an accolade given to only 42 lawyers.

Mona is a regular contributor and commentator for International Financial Times, CNN Radio, POLITICO, Bloomberg Energy, FOX News, New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and USA Today, among others.

Kyle Goehring, Executive Vice President, JLL Clean Energy Solutions

Kyle Goehring has led the JLL Clean Energy group since early 2016 and joined JLL in May 2014. The Clean Energy group serves corporate, investor and public-sector clients by advising owners on clean energy strategies and technology opportunities such as on-site solar PV installations, integrated energy solutions (aka microgrid), energy storage, demand side management technologies, offsite renewable energy, waste-to-energy (anaerobic digestion and gasification), environmental attribute trading and energy as a service.

Mr. Goehring supports clients in their review of sustainability objectives through an assessment of their portfolio for the site-specific feasibility of clean energy technologies and installations; advises on third party and ownership deal structures; negotiates applicable agreements; and can recommend ongoing onsite support services from market-leading organizations.

A diversified representation of programs at JLL include a significant onsite carport solar PV program, procurement of off-site renewable energy for a global banking client, integrated energy solutions for a retail client, rooftop solar leasing for the installation of solar PV and solar plus storage.

Mr. Goehring has been developing and realizing clean energy projects since 2007. Most recently, he was North American Sales Manager at Eisenmann Corporation, where he was responsible for developing and expanding the company’s environmental technologies sales department.

Previously, Mr. Goehring served as North American Business Development Manager for MT-Energie, focusing on distributed generation, biogas and waste-to-energy markets where he participated in the development of organic waste-to-energy systems, pipeline injected biogas from anaerobic digesters, combined heat & power projects and developing upgraded biogas-to-vehicle fuel projects for global organizations.

His prior experience also includes developing and contracting utility-scale solar projects in California as well as establishing a hub-and-spoke model of biogas distribution into the natural gas infrastructure.

Mr. Goehring holds Bachelor degrees in Managerial Economics and Communications from University of California, Davis. Mr. Goehring has been quoted in numerous publications, held a position on the editorial board of Biomass Magazine and been a featured speaker at industry events.

Taimur Jamil, Managing Director, Hannon Armstrong/CounterpointeSRE

Taimur Jamil is a Managing Director at the firm. Prior to Counterpointe SRE he was at Spruce Finance, a consumer lending platform for energy efficiency financing, where he helped develop and launch its residential PACE program, and was later appointed to manage the firm’s credit policy. Prior to Spruce, he was the head of capital markets and asset management at Sol-Wind (later SPI Energy), a renewable energy YieldCo, and before that he was a partner at CounterPointe Capital Management, a $250 million credit fund that invested in delinquent tax liens. Mr. Jamil has also spent time at Merrill Lynch in its principal finance group and at Moody’s Investors Service, where he was the lead analyst for esoteric assets. Mr. Jamil started his career as a software engineer at Cambridge Technology Partners. Mr. Jamil has an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago, a ME in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Janos Mann, Vice President, Infrastructure & Project Finance, EY

Janos brings more than eight years of experience providing financial, economic, and commercial advisory services to public and private sector clients on infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States. His recent work is primarily focused on commercial and financial advisory services for P3 project delivery, with a focus on transit and social infrastructure in the western US. Janos also has experience in the renewable energy sector and with financial and feasibility analysis for major infrastructure projects. Janos holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Ty Reasonover, Senior Manager, Trade/Business Development, Port Houston

Ty C. Reasonover is Senior Manager, Trade Development at Port Houston. With over 12 years of experience in international trade, vessel operations, and business development, Ty brings unique value to the port’s revenue developments.

In his current position, he is responsible for growing the organization’s revenue portfolio, Port Houston’s promotional activities in Asia, and promotion of the Port’s capabilities for handling containerized and project cargoes.

Ty graduated from Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration. Upon graduation, he began a career in the breakbulk and project cargo industry.

Having spent a large part of his career in Shanghai, Reasonover has developed an in-depth working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and Eastern Asian culture and business practices. That knowledge has been useful in working for the Port, both in the United States and in Asia.

Reasonover resides in Katy, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

Gary Bolton, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Gary Bolton serves as president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association — the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband. With more than three decades in the telecom industry, Bolton joined the Fiber Broadband Association as President and CEO in 2020 after serving on the association’s board as vice chairman, treasurer and vice chairs of public policy and marketing committees.

Prior to taking the leadership role at the Fiber Broadband Association, Gary spent 11 years at ADTRAN serving as vice president of global marketing and government affairs. ADTRAN is a top three global provider of broadband infrastructure solutions. At ADTRAN, Gary was responsible for all aspects of marketing for the company worldwide as well as regulatory and public affairs. Gary has been highly involved in Washington, particularly on FCC and Congressional proceedings and international trade issues.

Prior to ADTRAN, Gary held executive management positions at two successful venture-backed high-tech start-ups as well as at large publicly traded companies in marketing and product line management. Gary served as the chairman at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of BITAG (Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group), a board member at Huntsville Botanical Garden and at the Chamber Foundation, president for SORBA-Huntsville and an MIT CEO mentor at Hudson Alpha, Leadership Alabama, Leadership Huntsville and serves on the University of Alabama in Huntsville college of business executive advisory board. Gary is currently an adjunct professor in business administration and management science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and he holds an MBA from Duke University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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