Keynote speech by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell during the 2010 American Water Summit.
After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is as strong as it has ever been. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including Own Energy, The Efficiency Network and VNG.co. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.
Kathy Shandling is the Executive Director of the International Private Water Association (IPWA), a global advocacy/non-profit organization that serves as a conduit between the public and private sector players involved in the water/wastewater infrastructure project and service arena. IPWA specifically promotes the implementation of public-private partnerships and the development/use of long-term sustainable financing tools. Ms. Shandling was instrumental in launching the IPWA Financial Tools Taskforce that has been steadfast in its support of evolving local currency financing initiatives for the funding of water/wastewater infrastructure projects in developing countries.
Prior to joining IPWA in CY2000, Ms. Shandling had been involved in the international project finance/infrastructure finance arena through positions held at Infrastructure Finance Magazine, the World Council for Infrastructure Development, and Global Finance Media. She has authored several articles for leading water infrastructure publications including a recent cover story focused on the growth of global private equity funds in the water sector.
Kathy Shandling holds an MSc Economics (political economics) from The London School of Economics and a BA from Wellesley College.
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell discusses the inherent benefits of spending money on infrastructure development. He explains that while the cost to repair America's aging infrastructure may seem daunting, the hundreds of billions used to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would easily fund the project.