Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit II: Strengthening Security and Resiliency: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure

Detroit, MI | Oct. 17-18, 2019

Infrastructure policy and technology experts from across the country will join the National Governors Association (NGA) in Detroit, Michigan, for the second of four Stakeholder Summits in support of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s 2019-2020 NGA Chair’s Initiative. This Summit will focus on protecting America’s critical infrastructure by strengthening security and resiliency. In every state, the threat of cyberattacks and the challenges posed by extreme weather and climate-related risks threaten the operation of critical infrastructure, including energy systems, water and stormwater facilities, and the transportation sector. The Summit will feature expert panel discussions, an engaging site visit, peer-to-peer exchanges and networking opportunities.




Thursday, October 17 – Ford Rouge Factory Visitor Center, Dearborn, Michigan 


Welcome Reception at the Ford Rouge Factory


Friday, October 18


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome and Introduction to NGA

  • Speakers:
    • Bill McBride, Executive Director, National Governors Association


Infrastructure: Foundation for Success Welcome and Introduction to the 2019-2020 NGA Chair’s Initiative

  • Speaker
    • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan


Welcome from Michigan

  • Speaker:
    • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer


Plenary 1: Smart and Secure Infrastructure: How Can States Ensure Critical Infrastructure Is Cybersecure as they Modernize?

  • Speakers:
    • Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
    • Chris DeRusha, Chief Security Officer, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
    • Steve Ambrose, Chief Information Officer, DTE Energy
    • Ryan Bowers, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Autonomous Vehicle Counsel, General Motors




Plenary 2: Designing for Resilience: How Can States Protect Critical Infrastructure from Natural Disasters

  • Speakers:
    • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
    • Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
    • Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition
    • Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem, Inc.
    • Calvin Butler, CEO, Baltimore Gas & Electric


LUNCH and Closing Remarks

  • Speakers
    • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
    • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer


Travel to Site Visit


Site Visit – Rock Family of Companies Command & Training Center


Travel Back to Hotel



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