Governors to Review Measures to Protect Vital Infrastructure at Detroit Summit

National Governors Association to Convene Infrastructure Policy and Technology Experts

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Governors will join infrastructure policy and technology experts from across the country in Detroit for the second of four National Governors Association (NGA) stakeholder summits in support of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s 2019-20 NGA Chair’s Initiative, focusing on efforts to protect vital infrastructure.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will host the summit in Detroit, Oct. 17-18. In addition to Govs. Hogan and Whitmer, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to participate. This summit will review ideas and best practices to mitigate the threat of cyberattacks and the challenges posed by extreme weather to critical infrastructure, including energy systems, water and stormwater facilities, and the transportation sector.

Since announcing his NGA Chair’s Initiative, Infrastructure: Foundation for Success, in July, Gov. Hogan has convened fellow governors and experts in Boston to study measures to relieve traffic congestion, and in Australia to explore innovative funding models.

In Detroit, governors, private-sector experts and other attendees will engage in panel discussions, a thought-provoking site visit, as well as peer-to-peer exchanges and networking opportunities.

The summit will include two plenary sessions: one to examine threats, highlight state actions, and explore what is needed as infrastructure becomes increasingly connected and automated; and another to examine physical threats due to extreme weather and a changing climate, highlight state actions, and review measures governors can take to assess and protect critical energy, water and transportation infrastructure.

Sessions will be held at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, located at 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit.

For questions or to register, members of the media should contact James Nash at 202-624-3568 or email jnash@nga.org.

 

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