NGA Chair's Initiative Mission to Australia
Thursday, 3 October 2019
extracted from NGA Global monthly newsletter - October 2019
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan led a delegation of state leaders to study the innovative ways Australia has implemented and funded infrastructure projects. It was the first international mission of the NGA Chair's Initiative, Infrastructure: Foundation for Success.
The delegation toured sites including the Sydney Opera House (top), Port Botany (bottom left), WestConnex (bottom right) and Martin Place Metro station. The sites represented different ways Australia has served as a leader in infrastructure development and financing. For example, Port Botany is one of the first major examples of asset recycling in New South Wales
State leaders were welcomed by high-level officials from the federal government. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (right), who also serves as minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development, is shown next to Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera (left).
The delegation met with Australian current and former premiers and chief ministers in subnational exchange discussions to share best practices and learn from their counterparts.
Photographed above is Dr. Shawn Wilson (right), secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, with South Australia Premier Steven Marshall (left), who also serves as chair of the Council for the Australian Federation, Australia's NGA equivalent.
Finally, state leaders presented opportunities for economic development in their states to an audience of Australian business representatives at an event hosted by the American Chambers of Commerce in Australia, the American Australian Association and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission.
Pictured here is Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.