Infrastructure Bill Overview - Member Only Event (free)
What does it mean for the dam and levee industry now that the $1,2 trillion infrastructure bill has passed? Join USSD on December 13th at 11am MT for a free, one-hour, members-only webinar with Jeff Leahey, Esq., Vice President of Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI). Hear an overview of the bill, where the funding is going and impacts to dams and levees.
Leahey worked extensively on the hydro grants programs of the bill (i.e. Sections 242, 243 and the new Section 247 programs for hydro production, hydro efficiency increases, and now grid resiliency, environmental improvements, and dam safety). These total over $750 million with another $800 million in the bill for dam safety and $800 million more for dam removal funding.
About the Presenter
Jeff Leahey, Esq. is an experienced government affairs professional, who has worked in Washington, DC for 20 years. With a background in energy, environment, and natural resource issues, he uses his experience, skills, and contacts to advance clients’ legislative and regulatory policy goals. He currently works as a vice president for SMI, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that has been assisting organizations with government relations and strategy for over 25 years.
Prior to joining the SMI team, Jeff served as the Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs at the National Hydropower Association representing NHA before the Congress, Administration, and federal agencies on various matters including climate and clean energy policy, tax policy, R&D funding, and many others. Jeff has testified before Congress, drafted legislative policy, and developed comments on regulatory and administrative proposals. He has developed and implemented successful lobbying campaigns, led complex policy negotiations, and overseen public affairs messaging initiatives. As a senior staff member of the organization, Jeff also carried out management and programmatic responsibilities for the association.
Jeff currently serves as a Board member of NHA and in leadership on the Board of the National Energy Resources Organization (NERO). He is an attorney and graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA. He is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, with a BA in biology and political science.