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Xylem Joins Bipartisan Policy Center's New Business Leader Council

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As America contends with the growing need to build and maintain our critical infrastructure and the lack of government funding to do it, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is bringing together top executives from some of the nation's leading companies to explore ways to bridge that gap. BPC announced today the establishment of a new Executive Council on Infrastructure that aims to identify measures to encourage private investment in infrastructure and promote economic growth.

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL) is joining the Council as a member company. As a pure-play water company focused on solving the world's most challenging water issues, Xylem's involvement in the Council raises the profile of the urgent needs for investment in critical water infrastructure across the country. Infrastructure is a national problem whose solutions must have a local focus if they are to succeed, which is why this Council draws on voices from around the country.

"As business leaders, we are accustomed to seeking out innovative ideas to drive progress. Working together, we will bring a pragmatic approach to identifying new ways to finance all types of critical infrastructure," said Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem Inc.

The Council is convening corporate CEOs and other executives representing a range of industries, including leaders from McGraw Hill Financial, American Water, FedEx Freight, KPMG, Meridiam, CalSTRS, American Air Liquide Holdings, and Siebert Brandford Shank. It will be co-chaired by Douglas Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McGraw Hill Financial, and Susan Story, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Water and a BPC Board Member. The Council will hold several public and private meetings over the next year as it develops recommendations designed to bring additional private sector investment into infrastructure. BPC will assist in the Council's work, culminating with the release of a white paper in the first half of 2016.

The Council plans to consult with a range of infrastructure stakeholders, including engineering and construction firms, labor organizations, manufacturers, suppliers, users, and financing experts. It will explore measures that aim to improve the transparency, standardization, and accuracy of project information and assess the potential for infrastructure to become a tradable asset, like stocks or bonds. It also hopes to identify current legal and regulatory barriers to private investment and explore ways to address them.

Members of the Council will kick off their work with a May 7 panel discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC that will highlight current challenges in infrastructure financing.

 

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