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 1-2 pm.

P3s were once a means to complete necessary infrastructure projects in South Florida on dwindling public budgets, but have now become the go-to solution for infrastructure projects and the trend of governments working collaboratively with private investors and organizations only continues to increase. With recent state legislation signed by Governor Rick Scott as well as several major P3s underway in Miami, such as Museum Park, the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, and the PortMiami Tunnel, our upcoming discussion could not be more timely.

Commissioner Sarnoff is Chair of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, and as Commissioner his district includes downtown Miami, where the majority of public-private partnerships in South Florida are underway.

Gillian Thomas is President & CEO of the Miami Science Museum, which is currently constructing the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science at Museum Park. The project has already received more than $70 million in private pledges of its $100 million private fundraising goal to complement Miami-Dade County’s $165 million in funding.

I represent SBACE in securing a recent contract award for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center District.

I look forward to discussing these projects as well as other issues related to public-private partnerships on Topical Currents next week, which will air live on WLRN 91.3 FM/91.5 FM and will also be streamed live online on Tuesday, August 20 from 1-2pm. I hope you will tune in.

Please click here on August 20th to stream the program live and also add it to your calendar.