Leveraging Smart Financing and New Funding Tools
for Transportation in Greater Philadelphia


With the passage of transportation funding legislation in Harrisburg last fall, southeastern Pennsylvania is slated to receive an additional $10 billion in state funds by 2040. This much-needed investment will help address long-deferred maintenance needs and upgrade deteriorating bridges, roads, and public transit. Achieving a World Class vision for our region’s transportation systems, however, is going to require leveraging these and other resources.


The Economy League and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission hosted this World Class Council Forum to explore how new state transportation funding will be deployed in southeastern Pennsylvania and how innovative financing and funding approaches can be leveraged to ensure that we’re making the most of transportation dollars and advancing projects critical to regional growth and opportunity.


September 18, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Liberty View Ballroom
Independence Visitor Center
6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia



Barry Seymour
Executive Director
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Barry Seymour serves as Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), one of the nation’s largest and most respected Metropolitan Planning Organizations.  DVRPC is the regional planning forum for the Greater Philadelphia region, with a focus on transportation, land use, the environment and economic growth.




Mike Parker
US Infrastructure Advisory Leader
Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

Mike Parker is the US Infrastructure Advisory Leader of Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC, an affiliate of Ernst & Young LLP. Based in Philadelphia, he advises on finance, procurement, business strategy and public-private partnerships (PPP) for large-scale infrastructure projects and programs. Selected as one of Mass Transit magazine’s “40 Under 40,” Mike has taught workshops, written articles and served as a speaker at numerous transportation, infrastructure and financial forums. 


Richard Voith, Ph.D., CRE
President & Principal
Econsult Solutions

Dr. Richard Voith is the President and Principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc.  He is an economist whose contributions to economics span both the academic and popular press.  Dr. Voith has overseen a wide variety of projects in the realm of real estate, transportation, labor markets and economic development, but just as importantly, he as has been involved in setting the strategic directions of organizations, large and small.


Brian Walsh
Partner and Practice Leader, P3/Infrastructure Group
Ballard Spahr, LLP

Brian Walsh is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's P3/Infrastructure Group. Mr. Walsh has acted as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel, trustee's counsel, and counsel to banks providing credit enhancement in taxable and tax-exempt financings for energy projects, sports arenas, geothermal facilities, cogeneration facilities, secondary schools, and industrial development projects.