P3C Program

Through a series of keynotes, panels, seminars, workshops, and diverse networking opportunities, the 2017 program covers the best practices in procurement, project delivery, risk balance, operations & maintenance, contract management, and other important P3 topics. Attendees benefit by deepening their understanding of the key principles behind P3s and the role they can play in the delivery of essential public projects.

Over 100 leading industry and public practitioners will present firsthand observations, fundamentals, advanced strategies, and lessons learned from P3 projects of all sizes from around the country. The conference agenda has been designed to help you plan and procure successful P3 initiatives, discover industry best practices in selecting and negotiating with prospective partners, and take steps to ensure project success.

P3C 2017 also offers multiple days of in-depth roundtable discussions for audience members interested in discussing specific issues in a more candid and interactive forum. Facilitated by some of our industry’s leading experts, participants will be able to ask questions and share experiences on specific case studies, targeted issues, and topics shaping the P3 landscape while meeting other project owners confronting similar challenges.

P3C also understands the importance of networking and will offer new ways for attendees to connect. P3C will offer multiple daily breaks, receptions, one-on-one meeting areas, and specific events designed for you to meet P3 professionals, project owners, and a chance to reconnect with old colleagues.

With over 1,200 participating delegates, attendees find P3C to be the most effective place on their event schedule to cultivate relationships and network with the industry’s most active and influential professionals.


What’s on the Agenda?

P3C provides attendees the opportunity to learn, discuss and share evolving concepts and state-of-the-art techniques (political strategies, financing details, etc.) in P3s.

A comprehensive list of best practices and lessons learned will be presented in the agenda including:

Pre-award discussion elements:

– Defining project requirements and identifying appropriate project delivery models
– Political considerations for developing and implementing P3 projects
– The need for public champions, and how to get the right decision makers on board
– Best practice overviews in P3 procurement
– How to score, select, and negotiate with prospective partners
– Identifying the merits and risks of P3 structures
– Perceived obstacles to P3s
– P3 options for small communities seeking partnerships

Teamwork and collaboration discussion elements:

– The importance of early engagement with private partners
–  Integration tools and techniques that enhance collaboration
–  Owner roles/responsibilities in executing a P3
–  Risk balance and expectation management in P3s
–  What impact P3s have on rating and debt capacity
–  Assessing the feasibility of P3 projects

Advanced discussion elements:

–  Risk identification, mitigation, and tradeoff strategies
–  Asset monetization of non-core infrastructure assets using P3s
–  Innovative financing solutions and value proposition for P3
–  Contract administration
–  Value creation from transferring operations and maintenance
–  Latest innovations and life-cycle efficiencies in P3 delivery
–  The influence of design within the P3 process

Other workshop discussions:

–  Implications of new government on infrastructure funding and P3 options
–  Real project experience from the public sector on what worked and what didn’t
–  Leveraging P3s for maximum community impact
–  P3 and the road ahead for commercial developers
–  UC Merced 2020 project – a path-breaking social infrastructure P3 project
–  Understanding P4s – A look into public-public and public-private and partnerships
–  Creating and adapting P3s in the water sector
–  What are capital markets are expecting from P3s

The program also offers entry level informational sessions for newcomers to P3s, and strategy sessions meant specifically for smaller P3 projects (main street, schools, civic projects, etc.).

The 2017 program will be released in full this November. Below is an overview of the 2016 agenda.

P3C 2016 Summary

Agenda (download)

The conference discussed the state of the US P3 industry, and highlighted the various types of P3s underway. Specifically, presenters from leading public agencies and industry practitioners examined the many elements of P3 structures currently in use and how to evaluate their respective merits and risks.

The conference also examined how public agencies are determining the optimal delivery model for public projects, and what they’re thinking when considering a P3 opportunity.  Panelist shared insights on what’s needed to demonstrate the “business case” to take forward a project in today’s market as well as what’s stopping governments from launching P3s.

Finally, the agenda discussed the best practices and lessons learned from a variety of projects that have been accelerated under the P3 model, illustrated the latest innovations and life-cycle efficiencies in P3 delivery, and examined what our capital markets are expecting from P3s.

In total, 40 in-depth sessions were covered over the three day event.

Please see the schedule-at-a-glance page for a complete agenda. 

Keynote Speakers

Honorable John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado

Hear from Governor Hickenlooper on how Colorado plans to leverage public-private partnership investments for strategic projects across the state and how public-private partnerships will keep Colorado’s economy growing.



Deborah Flint, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports

With oversight over three airports, Flint is responsible for managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles. More than $8.5-billion for capital improvement expenditures at LAX are being used to improve passenger safety, and security, while enhancing the overall guest experience.



Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman, Plenary Concessions
2016: A Year in Perspective – What to Watch
As part of the opening session, the Executive Chairman of one of North America’s leading P3 investors will provide a review of the most notable developments that shaped the P3 landscape in the past year, and address some of the major political, policy, and project developments that will define the U.S. P3 experience in 2016.


Honorable Michael Hancock, Mayor, City & County of Denver
What Big City Mayors Think When Looking For P3 Opportunities


Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will share thoughts and insights on what a big city mayor thinks when looking for P3 opportunities and what successful partnerships look like from his perspective.  In this opening session of the 2016 conference, Mayor Hancock will also share his development plans for the city of Denver and discuss how public-private partnerships can play an important and larger role in getting cities moving.


Harvey Hilderbran, Executive Director, Texas Facilities Commission
Ramping Up Texas’ P3 Market
Harvey Hilderbran manages the daily activities of Texas Facilities Commission, and the newly opened Center for Alternative Finance and Procurement. Mr. Hilderbran will provide an overview of the political context of the new center and offer his seasoned insights of the Texas P3 landscape.

Featured Plenary Session Panel Discussions

Long Beach Civic Center – Early Lessons from a Path Breaking “Hybrid” Project
Hear public and private sector experts discuss key features of this innovative public-private partnership and how it may influence future projects being contemplated around the country.


Innovations in P3 Delivery – Best Practice Solutions for Infrastructure Needs
As the public-private partnership model develops in the United States, there are opportunities to refine and create further solutions which showcase innovation and best practices. Join a panel of industry experts as they discuss innovated ideas and positive results of the public-private partnership model.


What’s Stopping Public Officials From Launching P3s
The public-private partnership approach is highly complex and easily misunderstood. This discussion focuses on how we can bridge the knowledge gap between public and private sector officials, and the concerns and misconceptions that are keeping public sector officials from pursuing more projects through the alternative delivery method.


Operations & Maintenance – Transforming Public Infrastructure
Operations and maintenance is the glue that binds partners over the long-term relationship of a public-private partnership. Join a panel of experts as they share their insights on innovation and life-cycle efficiencies when operations and maintenance is brought to the table.


Attracting the Right Partner: Procuring P3s
Being able to engage the right partner starts with a well-prepared, commercially sustainable project. This session begins with a discussion about what is needed to demonstrate the “business case” to take forward a project as a P3.


 Discussion Topics (download)

The State of the U.S. P3 Market How We Are Making P3s Work For Us Master Development P3’s: A View to the Future
A Template for Instilling Confidence in the Procurement Process Soup to Nuts:Delivering a P3 Social Infrastructure and Innovative P3s
Higher Education in Focus: Is P3 the path to long-term viability? Influence of Design within the P3 Pursuit To P3 or Not to P3: Identifying the Appropriate Project Delivery Model
Kentucky Closes Deal on Biggest P3 for Open-Access Statewide Fiber Access P3 Risk Balance and Expectation Management The Value Of Collaborative Partnerships In Higher Education
The Time to Enact Comprehensive P3 Legislation is Now The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project P3: The American Model
Winning P3 Formulas for Water Infrastructure Projects Making the Partnership Work: Implementing P3s One Year Later: An Introspective Look into the University System of Georgia’ Student Housing P3
Getting Convention Hotel Deals Done – Pitfalls, Advice, and Lessons Learned What are Infrastructure Exchanges and What Role Do They Play in the P3 Market      Strategies & Success:       P3 Champions of Hotels
EB-5 and P3: Advantages of Alignment Availability Payment P3s for Port Projects Higher Education P3 Success Story Case Studies
Public Water Infrastructure P3 Case Studies Leveraging Private Investment Into Public Water Infrastructure How Innovative P3s are Meeting Stormwater Compliance Requirements
Creating the “Glue” to Make Sports-Entertainment-Restaurant Districts Stick Gaining and Maintaining Community Support for your P3 Project P3s: Why Do We Need Them – Successes & Failures in P3 Public Building Projects

Pre-Conference Activities

P3 Hits the Highway – A Tour of Dallas’s LBJ Express

Tour #1 scheduled for 9:30 am Monday, March 7 

Tour #2 scheduled for 9:00 am Wednesday, March 9



Experience firsthand one of the largest public-private partnership (P3) transportation projects in Texas!

The LBJ Express project team will host a limited number of P3 Conference attendees for a free, two-hour bus tour of the $2.7 billion highway reconstruction project along Interstates 635 and 35E and Loop 12, which was completed in September 2015.

Tour participants will get an up-close look at the roadway, including the innovative managed lanes (known as TEXpress Lanes), which utilize real-time data to adjust toll rates to reduce congestion. The tour will also include a stop at the LBJ Express operations center for a look at the technology behind the 13-mile P3 project.

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Lunch Roundtable Discussions Innovative Approaches for Public Stewardship (Open to Public Sector Attendees Only)

Monday, March 7
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Join AIAI and members as they discuss case studies and the impact of P3s as a procurement option. Industry leaders will gather together to showcase real project examples and share the Innovation and impact P3s offer as states and municipalities deliver Infrastructure. We will be featuring case studies in roundtable format as we demonstrate the creative solutions P3s offer to address complex responsibilities.

Roundtable topics will include: Bundling, Managed Lanes, Availability Payments, Communications & Community Outreach, Social Infrastructure

Seating is limited, and available for public sector attendees only.

Public Buildings P3s: Free Workshop Program (Space is Limited | Open to Public Sector Attendees Only)

Tuesday, March 8

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Join the Performance Based Building Coalition (PBBC) for a breakfast discussion to learn more about P3s for public buildings, and learn how your state/municipality/university can apply to participate in the PBBC’s national P3 Workshop Program.

The breakfast discussion will be held during the conference at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel from 7:30am – 9:00am on Tuesday, March 8.

Seating is limited, and available for public sector and higher education attendees only.

P3 Direct

A little guidance can go a long way, especially when it comes to P3s.

P3Direct is an AIAI partnership program which seeks to create a connection between experienced P3 industry professionals (our members) and public sector representatives across agencies at every level. Public sector participants will be selectively matched with a team of industry professionals from across the relevant disciplines. The partnership program will aim to:

  • Establish an informal relationship where P3-centric questions can be asked and complexities clarified
  • Share an in-depth understanding of the current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the P3 market
  • Provide a base understanding of how to navigate the complex process of P3s
  • Facilitate introductions to other participants and organizations
  • Exchange feedback and ideas