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Opportunities from a Post-Pandemic Focus on Infrastructure

There is a general consensus that the U.S. should make badly required investments in infrastructure to accelerate its post-pandemic economic recovery. This includes repairing, upgrading and expanding transportation systems (e.g., roads, rail, mass transit, aviation, ports etc.), schools, the electrical grid and water systems, as well as the broadband capacity that became so critical for supporting remote work, education and telemedicine. There is also a recognition that many of these essential infrastructure systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to and need better protection from cyber threats. This panel will discuss the nation’s infrastructure needs as well as the opportunities that a post-pandemic focus on infrastructure renewal and expansion could provide for entrepreneurs and innovators.


Drew Petrushka
Government & Industry Relations Manager at U.S. Mortgage Insurers
Drew is a government relations professional with a background in financial services and foreign policy. He is currently Government & Industry Relations Manager at U.S. Mortgage Insurers, where he has implemented legislative and member-focused strategies to support record-setting levels of new originations and address the impacts of COVID-19 on homeowners throughout the nation. Read full profile…


Robert W. Bowcock
Founder, Integrated Resource Management, Inc.
Robert W. Bowcock founded Integrated Resource Management, Inc. in 1997 after serving as a Water Utility Manager in Azusa (1991-97) and Huntington Park (1987-91), California. Prior to that, Mr. Bowcock worked for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1982-87), and as a US Army Civil Affairs Team Leader designed and constructed water treatment and distribution systems for various federal branches of government in Southeast Asia and South America. Read full profile…

Dan Chandler
Cybersecurity Expert
Dan Chandler has over 27 years of hands-on professional experience with every aspect of the information technology industry including network and server administration, application development, user support, process engineering, project management -including both traditional and agile methodologies-, business intelligence and analytics, and information security. Read full profile…

Natalia Olson-Urtecho
Chief Operating Officer, Entrepreneur, Obama Appointee @SBA. Speaker, Advisor
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur and recognized expert in finance, government, smart cities, commercialization of technologies. Prior to cofounding The Disruptive Factory, she was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. Natalia was appointed to Philadelphia’s Planning Commission and served as the Vice Chair of the Zoning Code Commission. Read full profile…

Stu Solomon
President & CEO, Connected DMV
Stu Solomon is the CEO of Connected DMV, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and delivers initiatives together with government, industry, academia, and community interests to the benefit of the greater Washington D.C. region (DMV) and beyond. Connected DMV leads and collaborates across sectors with an emphasis on delivering long-term social, digital, and physical infrastructure projects to drive healthy economic growth and improved social equities. Read full profile…