As Congress moves closer to making a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure investment, it begs the question: what will this unprecedented amount of funding mean for Michigan municipalities, beyond even our roads, bridges, and water systems?
Jon Kramer, newly-seated president of architecture, engineering, planning firm OHM Advisors, will provide an industry take on what mid-Michigan communities need to know to ready their communities for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
Kramer, a professional engineer with nearly 30 years of experience as a municipal engineer, will focus on how to apply smart strategies to enhance resilience, sustainability, and reliability for all infrastructure systems. Key learnings include:
- How mid-Michigan can prioritize the incoming dollars in a strategic and efficient manner to build infrastructure for the future – based on what we know now about extreme weather, climate change and usage patterns post-pandemic (most notably, the devastating mid-Michigan flooding in recent years).
- The importance of having a long-term, sustainable funding source that affords communities the ability to create a 5- to-10-year capital improvement plan that leverages and maximizes the impact of the funds – instead of looking at infrastructure on an annual basis (ie: what’s my biggest problem today)?
- Why communities must move quickly and comprehensively to improve aging and failing infrastructure that have become dangerously vulnerable to a wide range of threats (ie: Michigan water issues, Texas energy grid failure, etc.).
About our Speaker:
A 27-year veteran of OHM Advisors, Kramer began as an intern in the municipal engineering group. Over the ensuing decades, he served as a project engineer, project manager and then principal-in-charge on significant projects for large communities throughout southeast Michigan.
Kramer is a master of big-picture growth, with a history of establishing extraordinary partnerships with municipal clients and providing insightful engineering counsel.
An esteemed and respected leader, Kramer is deeply involved and holds leadership positions within industry organizations including APWA, ACEC, the South Oakland County Municipal Engineers and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.
About OHM Advisors:
OHM Advisors is the community advancement firm. Founded in 1962, we deliver award-winning work across the architecture, engineering and planning spheres. With offices in Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw and 13 additional offices in multiple states, our 500+ person team partners with leaders at all government levels, school districts, developers, universities and private companies to create great places. More: www.ohm-advisors.com.
Cost: FREE to Chamber Members and Employees
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Registration closes April 21st at 4:30pm.
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