After a re-boot, the National Conference for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) concluded a three day summit July 30 in Denver, Colorado on all things P3.
NCPPP’s “P3 Connect” annual meeting held programs addressing P3 project delivery in the water/waste water, federal and state disaster recovery, U.S. Department of Defense/U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) and emerging “social infrastructure” spaces, in addition to the more traditional transportation/transit spaces that has seen recent sustained growth in the United States.
Nossaman’s Barney Allison facilitated a panel of state transportation officials discussing the value proposition of the P3 strategy. Panel members included Dale Witmer, Special Assistant for Finance and Innovation at the Pennsylvania DOT, Doug Koelemay, Executive Director for the Virginia Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships and Michael Cheroutes, Director of Colorado’s High Performance Transportation Enterprise (“HPTE”). Mr. Cheroutes was also awarded NCPPP’s 2014 National P3 Leadership Award for both his work and his colleagues’ work in integrating P3 solutions to Colorado DOT’s booming transportation infrastructure demands.
Several panels and presentations focused on P3 strategies to address the need to update federal and public buildings. Dan Tangherlini, recent appointee as Administrator of the GSA presented to a general session of attendees on GSA’s successes in Washington D.C. in “swap” arrangements, which he viewed as successful precursors to more fulsome P3 arrangements across the country. NCPPP recognized the 200 Eye Street SE project - a social infrastructure project - with its “Infrastructure Project Award.”
Since NCPPP’s relaunch earlier in 2014, the organization has sought to balance state interests and projects with federal interests, projects and policy advocacy, and has expanded beyond transportation infrastructure focus. Overall, NCPPP exists to educate stakeholders and interested parties in the utility of P3 project delivery solutions.