Woolpert hires veteran geopolitical strategist to lead government affairs, focus on ARPA and infrastructure funding


Former US EPA official John Konkus leads efforts to help customers understand and use federal infrastructure programs.

WASHINGTON, February 28, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Woolpert hired a seasoned geopolitical strategist John Konkus as Director of Government Affairs. Konkus has spent the past two decades developing and implementing political and communications campaigns, advancing regulatory and legislative action, and managing strategic initiatives to effect constructive change.

Konkus previously worked as a senior executive for government affairs and strategic development for a Fortune 500 company and a global engineering consulting firm. Previously, he served as Deputy Associate Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at washington d.c. Konkus was also part of the 2016-2017 Presidential Transition Team in washington d.c.and held several leadership positions in the office of Florida Govt. Rick Scott.

Konkus started his career working for US Rep. Sherwood Boehlert of new York during his tenure as chairman of the Water Resources and Environmental Subcommittee, and then chairman of the House Science Committee. In 2008, while being the first district aide to Florida Congressman Cliff StearnsKonkus was honored as Congressman of the Year by the Florida Air Force Association for his service and dedication to veterans.

Due to his legislative acumen and proven track record, Konkus was hired by Woolpert to lead the company’s government affairs operations, with an initial goal of ensuring Woolpert’s clients have access to and get the most party of the American Rescue Plan Act and funding for the infrastructure stimulus bill. . The legislation allocated trillions of dollars to fund eligible infrastructure projects, which must be processed within a tight time frame. According to an associated press To analyseseven months after the initial allocation of ARPA funds, which equaled 20% of the spending period, states had spent only 2.5% and major cities had spent 8.5% of those funds.

“Right now, many state and local governments are overwhelmed by the volume of funding and the short time frame in which they have to spend it,” Konkus said. “Most are used to spending very little money on meeting their most urgent needs. They now have a unique opportunity to make real, substantial improvements that will benefit their communities and keep them competitive for years to come. need to know where to start, how to ensure they are compliant, and most importantly, how their specific needs align with this funding. »

Senior Vice President of Woolpert Shane Imwalle said he and Konkus have put a structure in place to help Woolpert clients think holistically, select the packages and services that work best for them, and initiate projects to ensure they reap the rewards. full value due to them through this financing. He said Woolpert has also partnered with complementary companies like AECOM and Trimble to comprehensively meet all customer needs.

“We know and value our customers, we know how their budgets work, and we have a deep understanding of the scope of services and applications eligible under these bills – water management, transportation, supply chain support , coastal resilience, asset management, etc.,” Imwalle mentioned. “We also know that these opportunities are rare. The last infrastructure bill was passed in 2004, and those funds quickly dried up. Now, with what we have learned and the addition of John and his expertise federal and state, we are able to connect the dots for our customers to ensure they take full advantage of this funding.We are delighted to be able to provide this support.

About Woolpert
Woolpert is the premier architectural, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategy consulting firm with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. We innovate within and across markets to effectively serve public, private and government customers around the world. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, recently achieved its sixth consecutive Great Place to Work certification and actively promotes a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert has been the fastest growing AEG company in the United States since 2015. The company has more than 1,600 employees and 60 offices on four continents. To learn more, visit woolpert.com.

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