On July 26, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (“ARTBA”) held its awards dinner for the 25th Annual P3s in Transportation Conference. Each year during this dinner, the ARTBA P3 Division honors projects that exemplify the value of P3s in the United States and also recognizes two individuals, one public sector and one private sector, for their exemplary contributions to the development, growth and public education of P3s.
This year, the Ohio River Bridges – East End Crossing and its public and private participants swept the awards dinner. The project won “Project of the Year”, being recognized for its groundbreaking accomplishments. Kendra York, public finance director of the State of Indiana, won “Public-Sector Entrepreneur of the Year” for her role in shepherding the procurement for the public sector. Matt Walsh, CEO & co-chair of The Walsh Group, won “Private-Sector Entrepreneur of the Year”. His company was part of the consortium that was awarded the P3 contract for the East End Crossing.
ARTBA also honored Bill Reinhardt with the “Legacy Award." The award is given to an individual who has spent a career making powerful, industry-wide contributions to the P3 community. Bill is the editor and publisher of Public Works Financing, which is the international business guide to P3s and infrastructure finance published monthly since 1988.
At the special award dinner, the following P3 founders were recognized by ARTBA: Henry Schrader, Bill Allen, Raymond Tillman, Jack Kinstlinger and John Wight.