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P3s for Social Impact

Government agencies at all levels are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships (P3s) for the delivery of new public infrastructure.  However, the discussion often focuses exclusively on transportation infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and mass transit.  This focus is understandable: throughout the country, government transportation agencies, such as the Florida Department of Transportation, have been on the cutting … Continue Reading

New Federal Infrastructure Plan Coming Soon

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently informed the U.S. Senate that the President’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan will be announced by the end of the month. The new plan is anticipated to rely upon public-private partnerships (P3s) to bridge the gap between the cost of needed infrastructure and available government dollars. The American Society of Civil Engineers … Continue Reading

New P3 Opportunities for Government Technology

Although public-private partnerships (P3s) are frequently associated with physical infrastructure, P3s are inherently flexible and can be utilized for the time and cost-effective delivery of virtually any public good or service, including software and other information technology.  The private sector is constantly expanding and improving upon its government technology offerings (examples include recent advances in … Continue Reading

Secretary Ben Carson Kicks Off Public Housing P3

Yesterday, Miami-Dade County hosted Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the Liberty Square public-housing development, one of the oldest in the nation.  The meeting formally commenced an exciting public-private partnership for the complete redevelopment of Liberty Square.  The project will be transformative for the community … Continue Reading

Major P3 Real Estate Development Opportunities in Downtown Miami

On March 7, the Miami-Dade County Mayor will be presenting a report to the Board of County Commissioners on County-owned properties in downtown Miami that are ripe for joint development with the private sector. The upshot: the County has at least nine properties, totaling 22.7 acres of land, that can support over 20 million square feet … Continue Reading

Government Contracts Increasingly Further Labor-Policy Goals

This past year, the federal government implemented a variety of rules requiring that its contractors meet certain fair-labor requirements.  For example, a federal rule finalized in September requires federal contractors to provide their employees with up to 56 hours of paid sick leave, and another new rule, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, permits … Continue Reading

Funding Mass Transit with Transit-Oriented Development

Since the earliest mass-transit systems, it has been understood that the property adjacent to train stations is particularly well-suited for dense mixed-use development.  People are willing to pay a premium for the convenience of living near public transportation, and since the goal of mass transit is to efficiently move people from where they live to … Continue Reading

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) Continue to Gain Momentum

Although the public-private partnership (P3) model was used to provide most public infrastructure and services until the early 20th Century, for the past several decades, P3s were few and far between in this country. Recently, three factors have contributed to a renewed interest in the public-private model: (1) aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced; (2) … Continue Reading

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but that the U.S. government is limited in what it can finance due to its existing debt. Although the … Continue Reading

Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure: Fertile Ground for P3’s

In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As Electric-Vehicles (EV) range steadily increases while both charging times and prices continue to fall, it appears inevitable that an EV will someday … Continue Reading

Retail and Tech in Miami Continue to Expand

At the Beacon Council’s annual One Community One Goal Meeting, national retail department store Macy’s announced that it will be bringing its fashion incubator to Miami in order to foster and keep talent in Miami. In its two other locations in Chicago and Philadelphia, the Macy’s incubator has served as a residency on the business … Continue Reading

P3s are a Viable Tool for Convention Center Development

South Florida has long been a leading destination for conventions and trade shows, and the convention market is extremely competitive.  As other cities have expanded and modernized their convention centers, ours have remained stagnant. It has been noted that the South Florida region no longer effectively competes for the events that bring the highest economic … Continue Reading

Miami-Dade Keeping up with National P3 Trends

As discussed in our last post about national and local developments in public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Florida is keeping up with the P3 trend and Miami-Dade County is not far behind. Miami-Dade’s Citizens Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) has expressed support for exploring P3s as an option for providing much needed transportation solutions to the County. … Continue Reading

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

$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

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

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

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
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