"Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die." — Daniel Burnham

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas "Make no little plans," Daniel Burnham famously said. In keeping with the words of the visionary planner, APA's Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas takes up the greatest issues facing America's communities. Leading thinkers look at what planners are doing today and how those actions will shape the nation's long-term outlook. Together these conversations point the way to a more just and sustainable future.

Private Capital, Public Good

September 28, 2014

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Today's fiscal and political realities make private and philanthropic investments ever more important to building communities. New tools like social impact bonds are rapidly moving from concept to reality. In Washington, Congress is debating how to leverage private and nonprofit involvement in infrastructure and housing. The latest Burnham Forum will zero in on these issues from the perspectives of the investors and communities working with new partners.

About the Speaker

John K.  Delaney (D-Md.)Congressman John K. Delaney (D-Md.) is a leading champion on Capitol Hill for finding innovative, bipartisan solutions to infrastructure investment challenges. He has introduced legislation that would create a new American Infrastructure Fund for transportation, water, energy, communications, and education projects. The measure has attracted support on both sides of the aisle. A member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Delaney also has become a key voice on housing issues.

Rep. Delaney was elected in 2012 from Maryland’s Sixth District. He is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the House of Representatives. In 2011, he founded Blueprint Maryland, a nonprofit dedicated to charting a way toward a high-tech, high-information economy. His stated focus in office is to restore the nation’s economic competitiveness.