Government Services, Energy Independence and the Building of Infrastructure – Geopolitical Risk Consultant Geoff Smith

By: EllisDon CEO Geoff Smith More than 50,000 bridges in the US are approaching their end of life. Whether due to their inaccessibility or a lack of funding or funding, or, simply, a dereliction…

Government Services, Energy Independence and the Building of Infrastructure - Geopolitical Risk Consultant Geoff Smith

By: EllisDon CEO Geoff Smith

More than 50,000 bridges in the US are approaching their end of life. Whether due to their inaccessibility or a lack of funding or funding, or, simply, a dereliction of duty by the management of the bridge district, it’s time to start connecting the dots and come up with a long-term solution to this problem.

Geoff Smith grew up in Texas, and went to school and graduated from New Mexico State University. He had a successful career in the construction industry, working for ADM, Tres Amigas, Broadspire and Hill + Knowlton. And then, six years ago, he “founded the world’s largest, privately held infrastructure management consulting firm – EllisDon.”

He is also a management consultant at “a great firm in DC.”

Geoff opened a consulting practice to bring his knowledge of construction management to public and private-sector clients in July of 2016.

And EllisDon Construction Management has been at the forefront of providing a full range of facility management services including environmental, safety, contingency, facility transformation, customizations and more. Now, Geoff and his associates are not only busy with long-term projects, but are also actively advising governments, state agencies, and other large institutional construction management firms across the United States on ways to improve their infrastructure, especially in regards to climate change, stormwater management, and water conservation.

“I believe infrastructure is one of the greatest investments governments can make in their citizens’ health,” Smith told me. “Investment in public infrastructure creates quality of life for Americans in many different ways. Our clients are not only asking for infrastructure services, but are also wanting to hear more about the energy and environmental improvements that can be made to their projects.”

Along with putting the wheels in motion to add jobs, improving the infrastructure for future generations and improving the quality of life for American citizens, Smith is also working with environmental and industry associations to protect our environments.

He uses this as a way to illustrate the importance of infrastructure: “Infrastructure solutions include such things as environmental protections, water quality and the environment, and waste management. They provide opportunities for partnering with industry stakeholders and helping the American public regain the trust in these important industries that can’t be found anywhere else.”

Think about it. Every other industry is controlled by government – insurance, healthcare, banking, etc. But, no one says they were built on a government stimulus or by subsidizing special interests.

These industries were driven by the same passion, values and pride to do what’s right, not for short-term benefits. And that should apply to infrastructure as well.

But, for some reason, politicians continue to pursue full-scale socialism. And they are counting on public opinion to be sold to them.

They want people to believe that government and infrastructure companies are best if they are created by government and are “owned” by government. What they have not gotten the message yet is that that’s not the case at EllisDon.

If you have a chance to get to work with or work with your government or a partner company, Geoff asks you to think first and first: Do you really want the company to come to you? Do you really want the taxes to go to your employer? Do you really want the companies to become more efficiently and sustainably profitable? Do you really want to see the failure of these businesses affecting the quality of life of your fellow Americans?

These are all great questions, and all important to ask before it’s too late.

EllisDon is the kind of company you want to have your investments in. They are interested in producing economic and employment results long after the contract is up, like in the case of the bridge on I-25 in Colorado.

After more than a quarter century, the state has yet to complete a project. However, the team at EllisDon has devised a good plan that they will present at the Colorado Commission on Transportation’s public meeting on August 27. The team believes a project with meaningful job creation, lower cost, improved quality of life and increased traffic capacity should make a lot of sense, and so does the transportation commission.

The state should have already made this project its priority. But the commission will get to see the plan for the project on August 27.

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