Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

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A Growing Need in South Florida: A Q&A with Al and Terry About Affordable Housing

The pressing need for affordable housing in our region is not new, but it has undoubtedly become more palpable. Those of us involved in developing these housing options expect the demand to continue growing, regardless of the current economic conditions or the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic. As concerns over the growing need for affordable … Continue Reading

Stronger than Before: A Q&A with Al and Joy About the Future of the Development and Redevelopment of South Florida

Referring to the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 crisis as the “new normal” has quickly become part of our everyday lexicon. Rising above a crisis, however, is more about adapting to change and innovating than it is about preserving the status quo. While we look at the pandemic as only the “current normal”, we … Continue Reading

Local Impact of a Federal Infrastructure Bill

Recently, in our P3 Focus Blog, we pointed out that now is the perfect time for a federal infrastructure bill. Such a bill would jump-start the economy, begin to close the infrastructure gap that currently exists, and do it all at a time where these projects could be expedited because of low usage rates due … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Procurement of Medical Facilities and Services

As news of the novel coronavirus spread, “flattening the curve” became the rallying cry for social distancing efforts. The ‘curve’ in question refers to the rate of infection which can be slowed by social distancing, ultimately aiming to avoid overwhelming the healthcare industry. Countries that were unprepared for the virus, like Italy, had an enormous … Continue Reading

Bid Protests: Moving Forward Despite COVID-19?

Government agencies have been attempting to move forward with normal operations despite the shift in focus caused by COVID-19. In addition to emergency contracting measures that governments are utilizing for COVID-19-related goods and services, local governments are attempting to continue procurement processes for contracts that were in the pipeline prior to the outbreak. Because all … Continue Reading

Emergency Public Contracting Procedures, Part 3: Other South Florida Jurisdictions

As discussed in our previous posts on emergency contracting procedures in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida, the spread of COVID-19 has added many new goods and services to government procurement lists. Not only are supplies needed for testing sites, but also masks and other protective gear have become necessary for transit workers and … Continue Reading

CARES Act Provides Funds and Broadened Authority for Federal Government Contracts

We have been keeping you up to date on the effects of COVID-19 on local government contracting. Now, the federal government has taken a huge step forward. On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, providing billions in funds for private individuals, businesses, and government contracts. With respect to government contracts, … Continue Reading

Emergency Public Contracting Procedures, Part 2: State of Florida

As we explained in our previous installment of this series, the impact of Covid-19 continues to create an acute strain on all areas of society. The declaration of a state of emergency by the governor and all of the resulting governmental orders demonstrate that this is a time in which emergency contracting regulations can be … Continue Reading

Emergency Public Contracting Procedures, Part 1: Miami-Dade County

The coronavirus pandemic is taxing government services and infrastructure in numerous ways, and many of the resulting shortages are well-publicized in the media.  Some of those needs are intuitive—increased hospital capacity, medical supplies, and hand sanitizer, for example.  Others are more hidden, but just as critical—such as the need for additional, specialized janitorial services to … Continue Reading

Untangling Tolls and P3s

The Alabama Department of Transportation recently released a “Myth Busters” communication in response to recent criticism of the agency’s plans to deliver a new bridge and byway project as a public-private partnership. ALDOT’s response focuses on common misconceptions about how the tolls will be imposed and why tolls are necessary for this particular project (which is, … Continue Reading

Public-Private Partnerships and Dispute Resolution

We have extensively written about how public-private partnerships (“P3s”) offer better, more efficient solutions to public infrastructure needs, and about how, given their effectiveness, they’ve become a preferred method for funding and managing infrastructure projects in and outside of the U.S. P3s, in short, effectively leverage private funding and expertise with government resources to more … Continue Reading

Insourcing for P3s

We have previously discussed how leveraging private-sector expertise and financing through a P3 can bring many benefits to the public, including faster delivery of new infrastructure, higher-quality maintenance and operations, and lower lifecycle costs.  However, in order to take full advantage of the P3 model, a government must ensure that it has the right internal … Continue Reading

Energy, Power, and the P3 Delivery Model

We previously wrote about whether and how public-private partnerships (P3s) could be the answer to U.S. infrastructure issues and the many ways in which the P3 delivery model provides unique value. While P3s are used in a variety of sectors of infrastructure development, energy and power projects particularly lend themselves to the P3 delivery model. … Continue Reading

National P3 Update: Water and Sewer Infrastructure

We recently provided an update on the status of higher-education and social-infrastructure projects being delivered under the P3 model. This update focuses on water and sewer projects—although water and sewer infrastructure is rarely given much attention, its proper operation is obviously critical to our well being. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s water and sewer systems … Continue Reading

P3 Trends: Rise in Private Placement Financing of Mid-Size P3s

In the last twelve months, four national public-private partnerships (“P3s”) have been financed in the U.S. private placement market, accounting for over $800 million in project cost financing. While there has been a shift towards private placement investors as a P3 financing source, the market activity in the last year has confirmed investor appetite in … Continue Reading

National P3 Update: Higher Education and Social Infrastructure

We have written about how the public-private partnership (P3) project delivery model can and should be used to meet infrastructure needs. Because P3s are constantly being considered and tested all over the country, we wanted to provide an update on the status of these projects so that interested stakeholders can easily keep an eye on … Continue Reading

Are P3s the Answer to U.S. Infrastructure Issues?

After last month’s meeting with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has become $2 trillion. As the legislature continues to digest the plan, many are beginning to raise questions about the plan’s viability. The fundamental issue is a predictable one–$2 trillion is a big number, and legislators are … Continue Reading

Implementation of “Buy American” for Infrastructure Projects Begins May 1st

In 2017, President Trump issued an executive order entitled “Buy American and Hire American” which stated a commitment to do just that. Earlier this year, expanding on this policy, President Trump issued an executive order entitled “Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects.” This order requires federal agencies to encourage contractors working on infrastructure projects that … Continue Reading

Despite Bumps in the Road, the P3 Delivery Model Proves its Worth

Although public-private partnerships (P3s) have become a leading method of delivering infrastructure in several countries throughout the world, including Canada, P3s are often met with skepticism in the United States. Even though there is an ever-growing list of P3 successes (including several multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects that were completed ahead of schedule and below budget, … Continue Reading

Proposed Changes to Local Preference for Government Contracts in Miami-Dade County

We have in the past discussed how government contracts are not utilized only to acquire goods and services for the public, but to further public-policy objectives. For example, procurement regulations at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—frequently incorporate preferences in the bidding process for certain types of companies, such as small business, local businesses, … Continue Reading

How Miami Can Go From Smart Airport to Smart City

In the next few years, Miami-Dade County is expected to spend 1.5 billion dollars on upgrades to Miami International Airport. We recently wrote about Miami-Dade County’s SMART Plan, which will revitalize our transportation system and implement smart city technology. Now, through public-private partnerships, the County has the opportunity to bring this technology to Miami International … Continue Reading
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