Chairman’s Corner, June 2017
Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new column. Each month I’ll be highlighting what’s been going on in the innovation and infrastructure related industries. With so many things to talk about, the “Chairman’s Corner” will also serve as a way for us to keep in touch with our many supporters and stakeholders.
Originally envisioned as a non-profit – and bi-partisan “think tank” from the back of a napkin, I’m really proud of what Aii has accomplished since our founding in San Francisco in 2014. The reason for our existence is as relevant today as it was then, when we recognized the need to move away from partisan politics, in order to address pressing public policy issues facing our nation.
While we’ve physically moved to Northern Virginia in order to be closer to Washington, DC, Aii has remained a virtual NGO. By leveraged technology, we are able to effectively work remotely and that has allowed our leadership and staff to collaborate in ways unimaginable only a decade ago. Keeping our brick and mortar presence to a minimum, we maximize our fiscal efficiency by ensuring that donations are spent on program delivery.
Speaking of technology, we are mindful that while it helps us all stay in touch, the sheer amount of information that can be shared is sometimes overwhelming. Our goal is to always cut through the noise and competing special interests and provide factual information and recommendations in a straightforward manner.
In order to remain on the leading edge of innovation, we’re also announcing the establishment of an Advisory Board to serve as Aii’s eyes and ears, helping us frame up important issues. By weighing in on important public policy matters, these civic leaders and technical experts will help ensure Aii remains a thoughtful, non-partisan educational outlet for policymakers and the public.
Brigham A. McCown
Founder & Chairman