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GLOBE 2014

Business Case Evaluation Workshop:
Prioritizing Investments for Sustainable Infrastructure Projects

Posted On 18 Mar 2014
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Thursday, March 27 / 2:45pm – 5:30pm

Room 10

In Collaboration with Impact Infrastructure LLC, Stantec, and Autodesk

This workshop will be led by experts in community planning, economic and risk assessment, project finance, and resiliency planning and will help municipal leaders, planners, and others prioritize investments in sustainable infrastructure projects.

Cities around the world are engaged in a “juggling act” of priorities. Essential day-to-day services compete simultaneously with investments in the future, including risk management for unexpected crippling disasters. Mayors and councils depend on commissioners, public works directors, and sustainability and resilience officers – often with competing interests – to inform and guide the investment decision making process. This ”juggling act” is made even more challenging once the investment community’s demands are introduced.

The tools and techniques available to date have limited cities to look only narrowly at these different competing priorities – metaphorically, they can only see “one ball at a time”. However, to be resilient , prosperous, and vibrant, cities need new tools that allow them to juggle multiple balls at once and keep them all successfully aloft.

This workshop will unveil the emergence of new tools which, in combination, will act as a decision-making platform for city leaders. These include:

    * 3-D simulation and visualization software to determine the risk-adjusted value of social, economic, environmental (including GHG/climate), and resiliency implications of investments in infrastructure and public buildings, including balancing preventative infrastructure investments (e.g. sea walls) with responsive risk management strategies (e.g. insurance policies);

    * Methods for prioritizing investments in facilities that support essential services, economic growth, and the ability to withstand and recover from extreme events (i.e. “social infrastructure”); and

    * Business cases that encourage public funding and participation of private Impact Capital.

The aforementioned tools and techniques will be combined into one “Sustainability and Resiliency Dashboard” for use by city agency directors to balance their competing priorities. The workshop will demonstrate what such a dashboard might look like and how it might work.


Workshop participants will include public policy makers, commissioner and officer level leaders, institutional investors, risk managers, foundation program managers, and infrastructure and public building delivery experts.


2:45pm – 2:55pm: Introductions

2:55pm – 3:05pm: Session Overview

3:05pm – 3:20pm: Practical Application – Aging Systems, Traditional Solutions, Competition for Resources and Community Investment Prioritization.

3:20pm – 3:45pm: Connecting the Dots between Key Players and Resources (Internal and External / Public and Private Resources)

3:45pm – 4:15pm: Leveraging Data – Types, Sources, Uses

4:15pm – 4:45pm: Comprehensive Business Case Analysis (Sustainable Return on Investment and TIGER Case)

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Automation Demonstrations

5:00pm – 5:15pm: Resiliency Dashboard – Design, Features & Benefits

5:15pm – 5:30pm: Competition for Resources – Access to Competitive Grants / Maximizing Quadruple Bottom Line Returns (Environmental, Social, Economic and Resilience)

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