Diversity, Infrastructure and Zoning: EIG and GBW Capital Project Symposiums

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October 16, 2017

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On Thursday October 12, 2017, the Equitable Infrastructure Group (EIG) and Green Building Worldwide (GBW) held part one of two scheduled Capital Project Symposiums held in Midtown.

The Symposium was attended by a wide array of firms ranging from engineering, architecture, development, and technology. Firms attending WSP, STV Incorporated, TYLIN International, Kimley Horn, Ramboll, Nova Consulting and Public Advocate Letitia James' office ... just to name a few. What is unique is the mix of MWBEs, Veteran Owned Businesses and some of the largest corporations in the world. 

Charlie Oliver, Chairperson of EIG, presented on several capital projects in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Among them were the Brooklyn Queens Expressway Cantilever, the Brooklyn Queens Connector, Downtown Far Rockaway rezoning, the Lower Concourse Infrastructure Investment Strategy and the Hunts Point Peninsula.

Ismene Speliotis, Executive Director of MHANY Management and Co Developer of the Peninsula gave a presentation on the make up and status of the project which is redeveloping the former Spofford Correctional Facility. Ms. Speliotis also sharing valuable information on contracting opportunities.

"Our forums are at capacity weeks in advance, I attribute it to our focus on delivering important content and dealmaking. This formula is a winning one for us and our guests, they are returning and bringing their colleagues - we providing vital linkages." said Charlie Oliver.

The New York City Capital Strategy allocates $51.3 billion to maintaining a state of good repair, one of the largest commitments that the City has ever made. 

The next Capital Project Symposium will be held on October 26, 2017 and will feature a panel discussion on the projects with developers and city agencies.

About EIG:  Sectors and municipalities are mandating equitable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure.  This shift is largely due to the increase in natural disasters, the demand on existing networks and a fundamental call for equity and transparency. As such, both public and private sectors must step forward offering unique capabilities as partners in new solutions and opportunities.

The Equitable Infrastructure Group (EIG) was established to counteract disparities and inefficiencies caused by the lack of information, access and opportunity that an overwhelming number of bad actors in key sectors have intrinsically created through a closed door climate.

By: L. Charlie Oliver (Chairperson, EIG, Equitable Infrastructure Group / Chief Analyist, Green Building Worldwide / Speaker).

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