R.I. infrastructure summit set for Sept. 17

PROVIDENCE – The second Rhode Island Infrastructure Summit will take place on Sept. 17, the R.I. Infrastructure Bank said Monday, as it announced its two keynote speakers for the event.

Armand E. Sabitoni, general secretary-treasurer and New England regional manager of  the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and Alan Rubin, principal at Blank Rome Government Relations LLC, will address attendees on Rhode Island infrastructure, opportunities and challenges.

“Every great civilization is measured by their capacity to construct, maintain and upgrade their infrastructure in keeping with the latest available technology,” said Sabitoni in a statement. “Our infrastructure is the framework on which we build our society and our economy. It is essential for us to find the capacity to sustain continual improvements to the fundamental facilities and systems Rhode Islanders rely upon.”

The summit will also feature panel discussions covering four areas of infrastructure: Green infrastructure and resiliency, economic development, clean energy and housing.

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The summit will he held at the R.I. Convention Center on Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the event is free.