About Elle Hempen and Shalini Vajjhala

Elle Hempen is Founder & CEO of The Atlas Marketplace, an online platform for smart and resilient infrastructure.

Shalini Vajjhala is Founder & CEO of re:focus partners, a design firm dedicated to developing integrated resilient infrastructure solutions and innovative public-private partnerships, including the RE.invest Initiative and the RE.bound Program.

Innovative Financing & The Myth of the Shovel-Ready Project

With every new Administration in Washington there are always sweeping promises about improving the nation’s infrastructure. Since the last recession, these promises have become inextricably linked with talk about mobilizing private finance. In 2009, after the...