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New Ordinance Proposed to Facilitate Mass Transit in South Florida

Regional mass-transit systems are often plagued by the permitting challenges associated with construction in multiple cities, each with its own priorities, regulations, and permitting processes.  For example, the cost of the first leg of the Los Angeles light rail system skyrocketed due to the design changes demanded by each of the several municipalities the system … Continue Reading

O’Hare Express Train Showcases the Viability of P3s for Mass Transit

Yesterday, the City of Chicago selected two finalists in its procurement process for the planned O’Hare Express, a mass transit system that will connect downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport within 20 minutes–substantially faster than either existing mass transit service on the Blue Line or vehicular alternatives.  The two finalists are Elon Musk’s firm, The … Continue Reading

Miami Micro-Units Solve for Both Tenant Affordability and Developer Profitability

Cities across America are facing an affordability crunch and housing in Miami is no different.  The short supply of affordable housing is even scarcer in proximity to Miami’s central employment districts with no single solution available.  Efforts to promote inclusionary zoning (mandatory affordable unit requirements) have populist appeal, but limited success and actually reduce land … Continue Reading

New Funding Source for Mass Transit under the SMART Plan

We have previously written about the need for new funding solutions for public transportation, including mechanisms that capture the added value of mass transit on adjacent properties.  Last week, consistent with our recommendation, Miami-Dade County adopted an ordinance that creates a “Transportation Infrastructure Improvement District” in order to capture the added value of new community … Continue Reading

Local Government Contracts and Buying American

In April 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling for stricter enforcement of the federal government’s “Buy American” laws.  These laws have been on the books for several decades and generally require that the federal government purchase goods and materials manufactured in the United States, with some laws also applying to certain state and local government … Continue Reading

P3 Legislative Update

Legislators at both the state and local level have been busy introducing and considering new legislation that could impact the government procurement process and public/private partnerships. These new provisions will fundamentally affect the way business is done with any governmental entity, from basic discussions about potential P3 projects to the final negotiation of a contract … Continue Reading

Third Annual P3 Hub South

The third annual P3 Hub South conference, hosted by the P3 Bulletin and in partnership with Bilzin Sumberg, is returning to Miami October 16th – 17th. This year’s conference hosts both local and national leaders in the public-private partnership (P3) industry who will participate in interviews, panels, and informal networking discussions. P3 projects related to transit, water, and social programs are among some … Continue Reading

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 Year’s Resolution: Miami Beach Transit

After expediting the solicitation process for the Miami Beach light rail/modern streetcar project, the Miami Beach City Commission hit the brakes last month.  In response to concerns voiced by City residents, the Commission adopted a resolution requiring tangible commitments from Miami-Dade County for the downtown-beach transit connection before any public-private partnership (“P3”) for the Miami … 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

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

Happy Holidays To Our Readers!

As we reflect on 2015, we are especially thankful for all of the connections that we have made this year. We are thankful for our clients, our colleagues, our friends, and all of our readers. Thus, for our holiday video we wanted to focus on the power of relationships because our relationships are the foundation … Continue Reading

PortMiami Hoping to Continue P3 Success

A new public private partnership (“P3” or “PPP”) is coming to PortMiami. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD (“RCCL”) seeks to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new cruise terminal in the northeast section of the Port. RCCL’s plans have been preliminarily memorialized in a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding that was approved at this Wednesday’s Miami-Dade … Continue Reading

New Spanish Language Blog Captures Essence of “New Miami”

Bilzin Sumberg has launched Nuevo Miami, a Spanish language publication of the New Miami blog. Nuevo Miami focuses on sharing ground-level insights about the gateway city’s continually growing opportunities for foreign investors and expanding global significance as an international center of commerce. International Group Co-Chairs, José Ferrer and Javier Aviñó, serve as editors on the … Continue Reading

Miami-Dade County Proposed Budget Confirms Dedication To P3s

Last week Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez introduced the County’s FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan. A review of the budget’s line items confirms the County’s dedication to the use of public-private partnerships (“P3s”) in executing its ambitious capital improvement plans across the board. The County has allocated $250,000 for P3 consulting support … Continue Reading

Is Urban Renewal Miami’s Next Economic Engine?

Miami may soon join the ranks of other major U.S. metropolises boasting innovative urban trail projects that have transformed neighborhoods and ignited a firestorm of private investment. The Underline, a proposed development catalyzed by the nonprofit group Friends of the Underline in partnership with Miami-Dade County, will convert the underutilized land below the County’s Metrorail … Continue Reading

Miami’s Green Spaces Are Prime Assets for Public-Private Partnerships

On March 29, 2015, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, of which Bilzin Sumberg is a member, hosted an event that discussed infrastructure plans that would increase Miami’s walkability and bikeability. In addition to increasing modes of mobility, the plans that were discussed would also allow Miami to recapitalize … Continue Reading

Rising Traffic Concerns Could Provide Cash Flow Stability for Miami’s Transportation P3 Solution

With plans to reduce Biscayne Boulevard to fewer lanes to allow for the creation of a promenade and bicycle lanes in Downtown Miami, some are arguing that the need for public transportation options cannot be clearer. The drivers in Miami-Dade are in desperate need of public transportation options that will reduce commute times, improve quality … Continue Reading

Transit-Oriented Development Critical to Metropolitan Growth

Urban Development: Faster Greener Commutes Key to Sustained City Growth, a report released in October 2014 by Cushman & Wakefield, provided insight into Transit-Oriented Development as it explored “the consequences of rapid population growth in 10 major North American cities”—with Miami being one. The study found that the majority of these major cities’ workforce is burdened … Continue Reading

A Digital Encyclopedia: Bilzin Sumberg’s Blogosphere

Bilzin Sumberg prides itself as being the go-to firm for domestic and international investors and corporations doing business in Florida and beyond. We aim to provide our clients with legal and business insight into the industries and areas they work in through our various blogs, which hone in on key issues or areas of interest … Continue Reading

Globalize Miami Series: PortMiami and its Significance to Miami’s Growth

In the weeks ahead, our New Miami Blog will present a series that asks how Miami can become the nation’s premier center for education, innovation and entrepreneurship in global trade. We will invite PortMiami leadership as well as community leaders in logistics, trade organizations, shipping, real estate, education, finance and technology to share their insights and … Continue Reading

Florida: A Model for P3 Legislation

The challenge posed by deteriorating infrastructure in communities throughout the United States has received increasing attention in recent years.  While roads and bridges are crumbling and important civic spaces such as convention centers are in desperate need of retrofit, infrastructure budgets at all levels of government are shrinking.  In this climate, public-private partnerships (“P3s”) have … Continue Reading
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