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Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Posts by Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Miami Light Rail System May Become a Signature P3

Plans of New Passenger Rail Link from Miami-to-Miami Beach On several occasions we have written about transportation public-private partnerships in the Miami area. These have included posts on red-light cameras, passenger rail, UniversityCity at FIU, and other related topics. Several months ago, we discussed the possibility of new public private partnerships for public transportation systems, which have in recent years… Continue Reading

Enterprise Florida Opens Business Development Offices in China

Enterprise Florida recently opened business development offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Enterprise Florida is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders that strives to increase job growth for Florida businesses and improve international trade.  The Hong Kong and Shanghai offices will focus on attracting foreign direct investment to Florida, strengthening trade relations and increasing Florida seaport… Continue Reading

Mayor Speaks of Miami’s Emergence in Technology Sector

Miami’s technology movement is not on the brink of happening…it is happening and it’s happening now.  With the Downtown Development Authority’s success in facilitating hedge fund Universa Investments’ relocation to Miami, and the eMerge Americas tech conference set to take place May 2nd through May 6th, Miami is getting the world’s attention for more than… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade Mayor Emphasizes the Importance of P3s

During his State of the County Address this week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez emphasized the importance of following the national trend of increasing public-private partnerships (P3s) to “tackle the urgent challenge of renewing our infrastructure at a pace that matches the county’s growth.” The private sector has reciprocated with much eagerness to partner with Miami-Dade… Continue Reading

Healthcare Sector Heating Up Throughout South Florida

The University of Miami just announced plans to build a 200,000 square foot medical facility at its main campus in Coral Gables. Currently, many of UM’s medical facilities are concentrated in Miami’s Health District, where the Miller School of Medicine is located.  Once completed, physicians from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye… Continue Reading

$50 Billion in Federal Funds Proposed To Support P3s

The U.S. Senate is currently considering legislation that would establish the “American Infrastructure Fund,” a $50 billion fund that would help finance public-private partnerships (P3s) infrastructure projects prioritized by state and local governments.  The fund would also prioritize social infrastructure P3 projects, such as hospitals and schools, which have thus far lagged behind transportation infrastructure… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays to All Our Readers!

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already drawing to a close – the year in New Miami flew by in a whirlwind of development as new plans were announced and projects took shape. From rail, seaport and airport expansion to the buzzing arts and cultural scene, New Miami continued to grow. We celebrate our… Continue Reading

More Transportation P3s on the Horizon in South Florida and Nationally

We have written frequently about the potential for new transportation-related public-private partnerships (P3s). Recent posts on the topic have discussed Amtrak, UniversityCity at FIU, and PortMiami, among other area transportation-related P3s. Increase in Transportation P3s in 2014 A recent report reflects that these examples are part of a much larger national trend. The Fitch Ratings… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade County Retail Industry Expands Amidst Increasing Demand

Along with the condo market and the hospitality industry, the retail sector in Miami-Dade County has bounced back from the downturn, and developers and retailers are scrambling to expand existing shopping centers and build new centers in emerging markets such as the Design District, north of downtown Miami.  As Terranova Corp., a Florida real estate… Continue Reading

Amtrak, Public-Private Partnerships, and the Future of Passenger Rail

A recent article published in the Miami Herald reflects growing support to form a public-private partnership (P3) to save the national passenger rail system.  To some, this statement may sound puzzling, as the national passenger rail system has been controlled by Amtrak, a public-private entity, since 1971.  Amtrak, however, is not a public-private partnership, and… Continue Reading

Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships Continue to Expand

We have on several occasions discussed the major infrastructure projects currently under construction at PortMiami, and how the port is a prime location for public-private partnerships (P3s) in the coming years. Seaport To Play Key Role in Miami’s Economy Last week, RCA Miami hosted a conference that included a presentation by Kevin Lynskey from PortMiami… Continue Reading

Federal Funding For New Transportation P3

In prior posts, we have written about the federal government’s new focus on public-private partnerships in order to leverage its grant money with private investments, as well as the future of transportation-related PPPs in the Miami area.  Those trends continue, as evidenced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent award of a $11.4-million transportation grant… Continue Reading

Thank you for tuning in to P3 Discussion on WLRN’s ‘Topical Currents’

Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in a lively discussion on Public-Private Partnerships on WLRN’s radio show, Topical Currents, hosted by Joseph Cooper. Joining me as panelists were City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and Miami Science Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas. For those of you who missed it, the recording… Continue Reading

‘Topical Currents’ WLRN Radio Show To Feature Public-Private Partnerships

On Tuesday, August 20, I will join my fellow community leaders, City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Miami Science Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas as a guest on WLRN’s popular radio show, Topical Currents, for a discussion on public-private partnerships (P3s). The program will air live on WLRN 91.3 FM from… Continue Reading

Public-Private Partnerships in Unlikely Places

P3s Help Expedite Infrastructure Projects We have recently written about P3s being used in South Florida to construct large-scale public facilities on an expedited basis and at a reduced cost to the public.  Examples include the Miami Beach Convention Center and the PortMiami Tunnel. In many ways, these projects, as immense as they are, represent the low-hanging… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade County Adopts New Public-Private Partnerships Resolution

Yesterday, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution establishing a Public Private Partnership Program for the County. Purpose and Policy of the P3 Resolution The stated purpose and policy of the resolution very effectively summarizes the case for public-private partnerships.  The resolution explains that infrastructure “is a vital and foundational element in the… Continue Reading

New Legislation Facilitates Public-Private Partnerships

Earlier this month, the Florida legislature passed House Bill 85, which establishes statewide authorization and procedures for public-private partnerships.  The law, which will be encoded as Section 287.05712, Florida Statutes, authorizes counties, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions and entities to form public-private partnerships with the private sector to develop, operate, or maintain any facility… Continue Reading

Proposed Florida Public-Private Partnerships Law Continues to Move Through Legislature

We recently wrote about the Florida House and Senate bills regarding public-private partnerships that are currently under consideration.  As a brief update, House Bill 85 was approved on Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.  It is next scheduled to be considered by the State Affairs Committee, and from there, it could be considered for adoption… Continue Reading

New Federal and State Programs Will Boost Public-Private Partnership Development

President Obama Emphasizes the Value of Public-Private Partnerships Last Friday, President Obama visited Miami and, speaking at the Port of Miami, detailed his proposals for increased public-infrastructure spending through public-private partnerships.  Although the President envisions traditional financing approaches for certain projects, he continues to emphasize the importance of P3s to rebuild our aging infrastructure and… Continue Reading

South Florida Law Firms Team Up In Support of United Way of Miami-Dade

The Bilzin Sumberg Dodge Squad is getting set to square off against three other South Florida law firms in an upcoming dodgeball tournament to raise funds for the United Way of Miami-Dade.   On March 13, we will vie for the title of Dodgeball Champion 2013 alongside Akerman Senterfitt, Carlton Fields and Greenberg Traurig at 5:30… Continue Reading

Public-Private Partnerships in Good Times

In prior posts, we have explained that the proliferation of public – private partnerships in recent years has been due, in part, to the financial stresses placed on local governments during that same period of time.  The logic is straightforward enough.  Local governments rely on public facilities, such as ports and convention centers, to generate revenue. … Continue Reading

Bilzin Sumberg Hosts Inaugural New Miami Breakfast Series

This past week, Bilzin Sumberg hosted its inaugural New Miami Breakfast Series discussion, with a focus on Public-Private Partnerships.  With the benefit of a diverse, expert panel and an engaged (and engaging) audience of business and community leaders we had a productive discussion on the benefits of P3s and their future in our community.  The… Continue Reading

Thank You For Joining Us For Our New Miami Breakfast Series

Thank you for joining us for the inaugural session of the New Miami Breakfast Series. Public-Private Partnerships: Why They Are Growing in Popularity and Their Impact on South Florida The most flexible relationship between the government and a private contractor is a public-private partnership, commonly referred to as a P3, in which government and the… Continue Reading