President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order July 19, 2017, ordering formation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure in the Department of Commerce. The advisory council is tasked with prioritizing U.S. infrastructure needs, accelerating the preconstruction approval process, developing funding options, developing methods to increase public-private partnerships, and promoting advanced manufacturing and infrastructure-related technological innovation.
The unpaid advisory council will include up to 15 members appointed by the president. Membership will be drawn from the public with experience and expertise to represent the “infrastructure sectors [of] real estate, finance, construction, communications and technology, transportation and logistics, labor, environmental policy, [and] regional and local economic development.”
The advisory council will focus on infrastructure projects in the sectors of “surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resources, renewable energy generation, electricity transmission, broadband, pipelines, and other such sectors as determined by the council.”
Under the executive order, the advisory council must submit a report of its findings to the president. The advisory council will dissolve on December 31, 2018, or within 60 days of submitting its report, whichever comes first.