Arizona Conference to Promote More Public, Private Partnerships

Posted By Mike Padgett

Oct. 15, 2009


PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters is the keynote speaker at a Public Private Partnerships Conference late this month in Arizona.

Arizona State University’s Alliance for Construction Excellence is sponsoring the Oct. 22 conference at the Arizona Grand Resort at Baseline Road and Interstate 10. The address is 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway in Phoenix.

“We’re bringing in those who know the process best so they can share their experiences and help us grow this type of development in Arizona,” said Gary Aller, director of the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

Public-private partnerships are a process in which a public entity and a private company join together for the purpose of financing, designing, building and operating public facilities.

The conference will feature case studies and discussions from experts locally and nationally, including representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation, Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power, Arizona’s three universities and Arizona Department of Transportation.

“This type of development scenario has been an established method for procuring public projects for nearly two decades, and we’re really just at the beginning of seeing the potential for its use in Arizona,” Aller said.

The conference will feature profiles of PPP projects by experts in the fields of construction, consulting and finance. They will discuss the principles of PPP structures, business case development, appropriate risk allocation and asset management and performance techniques.

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Oct 15th, 2009

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