The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is the premier nonpartisan organization bringing together policy makers, non-profits, and business leaders to support the development of our regional economy. PNWER offers leadership in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon, and at the national level in Washington DC and Ottawa.
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Traditional funding mechanisms for large-scale infrastructure and transportation projects have been challenged in recent years, encouraging states/provinces and regional jurisdictions to find innovative strategies to fund projects. Although, partnering with private funding sources has found success in Canada and select U.S. states, a lack of harmonized regulation and disparate financing laws present challenges in coordinating infrastructure and transportation planning efforts.
PNWER's Innovative Infrastructure Finance task force plays an important role by sharing best practices and the public benefits of public-private projects (P3s).
Major focus areas of this group include:
Background information on the Innovative Infrastructure Finance Taskforce
- The City of the Future
- Smart Cities
- Edge Computing
- Machine Learning and AI
- Resilient Infrastructure
- Autonomous and Electric Vehicles
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2017 Economic Leadership Forum - Victoria BC
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Economic Leadership Forum
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's 27th Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon brought together 800 leaders from Pacific Northwest states and Western Canada to discuss opportunities for growth within the region and address major challenges to the economy and our environment. PNWER Summits feature three days of powerful keynote speakers, first-class receptions and networking opportunities, and collaborative sessions put on by PNWER's 19 Working Groups.
Welcome and Overview of Innovative Infrastructure Finance Taskforce
Investing in American and Canadian infrastructure from public and private resources has rarely been higher on the political agenda of the two countries as it is today. PNWER is seeking to expand the public private partnership initiative through a federally sanctioned regional accelerator. This session will explore the latest developments in Washington D.C. and local and private sector responses.
The federal government and PNWER regional accelerator:
Session will examine fast tracking public-private partnerships (P3’s) and existing federal credit and loan programs (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF). The Trump Administration proposes to replace the FASTLANE program with the $1.5 billion INFRA program.
Can P3s enhance project delivery and permit reform? Why do we need them in limited resource and lower expertise environments? What purpose do they serve for urban regions (Vancouver B.C., Seattle- Tacoma, Portland) and rural regions (Port of Everett, Washington and Kalispell, Montana)?
Moderated by Leslie Blakely, President, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors
State and local government response: designing state and local initiatives to leverage federal infrastructure initiatives
Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Project
University Partnerships and Applied Research
Canada accelerates P3s; opportunities for Northwest states
Canada is recognized as the global leader in building effective P3’s with more than 250 projects with a total capital value of over $120 billion. Between 2003 and 2012, P3 projects in Canada generated $15 billion in direct GDP, nearly 300,000 in direct, full-time equivalent jobs, and $7.5 billion in direct tax revenue to governments across Canada.
Performance-based Infrastructure on the West Coast
Moderated by Mark Romoff of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships
Successful Leadership in Private-Public Partnerships
Advancing the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and Enhancing Cross-Border Connections