2019-2020 NGA Chair's Initiative

Infrastructure: Foundation for Success

Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century

Moving people, products, and information drives America’s economy forward and serves as the foundation for our nation’s success. To keep moving ahead, we must repair, expand, and modernize our infrastructure in ways that will grow our economy, create jobs, and meet the needs of the 21st century.

NGA Chair and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a yearlong initiative to advance the repair, enhancement and modernization our nation’s infrastructure through innovative fixes to bottlenecks, creative partnerships with private investors, streamlined project review, smarter technologies and improved cyber-defenses.

Governor Larry Hogan

Maryland | 2019 – 2020 NGA Chair

Governors across the country are leading the way by upgrading roads, bridges, interstate rail, and mass transit, improving regional and international airports, repairing aging water systems, providing high-speed internet access and connectivity, and keeping our infrastructure secure and sustainable.

The 2019-2020 NGA Chair’s Initiative, Infrastructure: Foundation for Success, under the leadership of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, will bring together thought leaders from government, business, and academia to work with the nation’s governors in pursuit of a common infrastructure mission: building a more efficient, innovative, smart, resilient and secure foundation for success.

Initiative’s Focus

Infrastructure: Foundation for Success has identified four pillars. Each of the four pillars will focus on identifying and sharing state best practices, exploring lessons learned internationally, and informing federal discussions to help achieve a more efficient, innovative, smart, resilient and secure infrastructure future.

Pillars to Progress

  • Getting To Work

    Relieving Congestion to Boost Economic Competitiveness

  • Enhancing Efficiency

    Eliminating Red Tape and Integrating Smart Technology

  • Strengthening Security and Resiliency

    Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure

  • Financing for the Future

    Leveraging Private Sector Investments

As states seek to meet the infrastructure demands of the 21st century, they are exploring innovative approaches for managing congestion, enhancing project efficiencies, ensuring critical systems are secure and resilient, and funding and financing projects. Each month, the initiative will highlight ways governors and states are using innovative strategies to meet the challenges of the nation’s infrastructure.

  • State Examples: Relieving Congestion to Boost Economic Competitiveness
  • State Examples: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure
  • State Examples: Eliminating Red Tape and Integrating Smart Technology
  • State Examples: Leveraging Private Sector Investments

Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit II — Strengthening Security and Resiliency

Watch The Highlights

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in Detroit for the second of four U.S. stakeholder summits in support of Gov. Hogan’s NGA Chair’s Initiative. The Detroit summit focused on protecting America’s critical infrastructure by strengthening security and resiliency.

International Study Tour In Australia

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan led a multi-state delegation to Australia for a four-day study tour to explore the country’s innovative approaches for developing, securing and financing roads, mass transit, ports and other infrastructure. The trip was the first of three planned international study tours in support of Gov. Hogan’s NGA Chair’s Initiative, Infrastructure: Foundation for Success.

Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit I – Congestion Relief

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan kicked off the first of four stakeholder summits in Boston, as part of his 2019-20 NGA Chair’s initiative Infrastructure: Foundation for Success. He was joined by host Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as well as Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.

Upcoming & Recent Events

  • Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit – California

    Enhancing Efficiency: Eliminate Red Tape and Integrate Smart Technology

  • 2020 NGA Winter Meeting

  • Canada Study Tour

  • Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit – Arizona

    Financing the Future: Leverage Private Sector Investments

  • 2020 NGA Summer Meeting

    Portland, Maine

Latest News

Story Maps

The following maps, shown at the respective infrastructure stakeholder summits, begin to tell the story of the infrastructure challenges to be addressed by the four pillars. Information for the maps is gathered from publicly available sources and, where possible, is created using Esri’s mapping platforms.

Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit I – August 26 – 27, 2019 – Congestion Relief

Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit II – October 17 – 18, 2019 – Security and Resiliency


Story map platform provided by ESRI


If you would like more information on this initiative, please contact the staff of NGA’s Energy, Infrastructure & Environment Division at this email: infrastructure@nga.org