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With keynotes, case studies, panels, workshops, and diverse networking opportunities, attendees will deepen their understanding on the value proposition of P3s, and the role they can play in the delivery of essential public infrastructure.

The program is designed to help you explore alternative delivery methods, plan and procure successful P3 initiatives, discover industry best practices in selecting and negotiating with prospective partners, and steps to take to ensure project success.

Over 100 leading practitioners will present their firsthand observations of P3 projects of all sizes in different markets from around the country.  We will also offer in-depth roundtable discussions for public sector audience members interested in discussing specific issues in a more candid and interactive forum.

Attendees with little experience in the development and operation of the P3 model will benefit from our industry experts presenting their knowledge, and valuable insights into market trends crucial for business decisions.

More seasoned professionals will benefit from our incredible networking opportunities, cultivate relationships with project sponsors, and learn new methods to address complex project delivery goals.

We 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 one of the most effective places on their event schedule to cultivate relationships and network with the industry’s most active and influential professionals.

Please visit our agenda-at-a-glance page for complete information on all sessions and conference times.

2017 Program Details:

Featured Presentations:

P3 and the new Administration – Where Are We Heading 

Jill Jamieson, Managing Director, JLL Public Institutions

The new administration built its platform on investment and infrastructure. Although specific details are still developing, the emerging policy is expected to be beneficial for the P3 market. So what are the possible scenarios and opportunities and challenges that come with each? In this session, we’ll investigate the effect of a potential massive infusion of private capital at the federal, state and local level, the legislative policy and constraints impacting P3s, and possible solutions or methods to address these challenges.


2017: What to Expect from the First “P” in Public-Private Partnerships 

Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman, Plenary Concessions

The use of public-private partnerships continued to expand in 2016 with public sponsors delivering a range of projects using a variety of P3 models. In 2017, many state and local governments will deploy new resources approved by voters in the November elections while they remain hopeful that Washington can spur investment with new funding, finance and regulatory solutions. In this pivotal year, public sector leadership will be a key ingredient needed to build on the progress made in recent years and chart a future path for P3s in America.  Setting the stage for this year’s conference, Plenary Concessions Executive Chairman Dale Bonner will recap major developments of the past year and highlight opportunities that may arise throughout the New Year.


A New Chapter for Procurement in Higher Education 

Daniel Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, University of California, Merced

When UC Merced broke ground on its 2020 Project last year, it opened a new chapter for procurement in American public higher education. The UC Merced 2020 Project is an ambitious $1.3 billion P3 expansion of the youngest University of California campus, located in the San Joaquin Valley, the heart of “underinvested California.” Vice Chancellor Daniel Feitelberg will share why UC Merced is choosing an integrated delivery strategy through a public-private partnership and some of the lessons they have learned along the way.


Rapid Infrastructure Growth is on its Way 

Michael Likosky, Heads of Infrastructure Practice, 32 Advisors

Michael is widely recognized as a pre-eminent expert on P3s and has over fifteen years of experience providing advice to many of our nation’s leaders and is an expert to the United Nations, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the US Treasury Department . Michael’s conversation will focus around the direction of the US P3 market across sectors and the country.

Pre-Conference Activities:

1) P3 Questions and Answers Breakfast Discussion

(8:30 AM Monday Feb 27 | Open to Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Sign Up Required)

Join industry leaders and AIAI members for breakfast and an interactive conversation specifically tailored to audience questions and answers about P3s. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance and also join in the conversation as we explore the benefits and value of P3s through an open dialogue.

Registration is based on first-come, first-served basis.

Please confirm your attendance by visiting the link.

2) P3 Hits the Highway Tour – Dallas’s LBJ Express

(9:30 AM Monday, Feb 27 | Tour at Max Capacity – Waiting List Open)

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. Registration is based on first-come, first-served basis.

The tour is now at maximum capacity however please contact Karen Baker via email to put your name on the waiting list.

3) Roundtable Discussions

(8:00 AM Tuesday, Feb 28 | Open to Public Sector Attendees Only)

Designed for attendees with government or higher education backgrounds, the conference will be host two rooms of roundtable conversations on 10 different P3 topics. Discussions are meant to be open and candid exchanges where public sector attendees can ask questions and share experiences.  Facilitators will guide discussions by presenting case studies, targeted issues, and topics shaping the P3 landscape.

4) P3 Public Building Flash Workshop

(9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Tuesday, Feb 28 | Open to Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Sign Up Required)

Sign up today to participate in a unique and intimate hour long workshop with some of the nation’s leading developers, financial/legal advisors, contractors, and engineers to learn how you can move potential public building projects from start to finish through P3 delivery. We will work individually with public officials to discern if projects in your municipality or state are suitable for P3 and if so how you could develop a path forward. The session will be hosted by the Performance Based Building Coalition (PBBC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to catalyze the use of P3s for public buildings by assisting public officials through education and promoting federal and state legislation. At the conclusion of the session, the PBBC will offer municipalities and states (which have identified possible P3 projects) the opportunity for the PBBC to come host a day-long workshop in the city where you are based.

The Flash Workshop sessions are limited to 10 public officials for each time slot – please sign up soon to reserve a spot before they are filled!

RSVP to John Beadle via email or for more information call Sam Barend at 212-973-3089.

Conference Presentations (Partial List):

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Public Agency P3 Preparedness Panel

A lively discussion by public agency officials on how to successfully plan, procure, and negotiate a successful P3 initiative (and how to course correct if the wheels come off). This panel intends to provide best practices and lessons learned and not focus on particular case studies. 

P3 101: The When, Why, and How 

A fundamental discussion for those beginning to explore P3s and hoping to better understand where it can be applicable. Learn about when P3s do and do not make sense to advance, why they can save states and municipalities money and time while producing greater results, and how to move from start to finish in delivering a P3. This discussion will focus on P3s across all sectors – water, buildings, and transportation.

Screening for Success: Projects and Methods Public Agencies Use to Evaluate P3 Delivery

The concept of a P3 is now commonplace among public officials, but why do P3 transactions still fail to launch or terminate during procurement? One solution is to develop a robust screening process. Through an interactive panel format, hear international best practices as well as U.S. methodologies for implementing screening tools, the lessons learned, and ways you can apply project screening to your next capital improvement plan process.

Community Engagement is Not an Afterthought: The Denver Story

Join representatives from the City and Country of Denver as they explore the successes and opportunities brought to their community through successful P3 programs. 

The Long Beach Civic Center P3 Project: A Trail Blazing Master Development Project from Financing to Performance Guarantees

The $520 million design-build-finance-operate-maintain civic center project will replace the City of Long Beach’s old city hall and provide new offices for the Port of Long Beach, a new city library and a retail marketplace and public park that will serve residents and visitors of Long Beach for years to come.  A panel of renowned experts who worked on this project will describe its innovations—including utilization of private financing that was more cost effective than its public bond counterpart and building performance guarantees that ensure best of class operation and maintenance throughout the life cycle of the new facilities. 

The Cultural Shift: Changing a Public Agency’s Mindset from “Comfort in Past Experience” to “Eagerness for a New Challenge”

Many public agencies are interested in pursuing P3s, but they face internal and political obstacles.  Hear from a panel of public agency representatives who changed their agency’s culture and mindset to open new doors and opportunities.

Social P3s – Structuring the Transaction and Adapting Private Sector Experience

Social P3s offer unique opportunities for public agencies and the private sector. In this session we will explore how traditional private sector transactions and experience can be viewed as a guide for approaching the Social P3 project; how design professionals, contractors and developers focused on the private sector can adapt their experience to become a partner with a public agency for a Social P3 project; and how developer/agency agreements and construction agreements can be structured for the Social P3 project.

Could Deferred Maintenance Lead to the Next Pension Crisis?

When government entities defer maintenance to cut costs, they mostly do so without understanding the additional burden they are placing on their capital budget in the future. While politically and fiscally expedient in the near-term, deferring maintenance creates long-term structural inefficiencies that are creating a drag on the economy. This session will be a discussion about measuring: (1) the true cost of deferring maintenance; and (2) the benefits P3s can provide to the wider economy.

Making the Right P3 Decisions Today to Ensure Success Tomorrow

Developing a public private partnership involves decisions that will have longstanding impacts in the future. When the contract is signed, the work of the partnership begins, and both private and public parties have to live up to their responsibilities. This conversation will cover the life of the P3 agreement beginning when the project is in development until the partnership ends. Our panel will discuss the decisions that impact life after a social infrastructure project is built.

UC Merced 2020 Project – A Path Breaking P3 

In this panel discussion, university representatives and private sector experts will discuss key features of this innovative P3, including  why the delivery model best meets the University’s goals for the project; the bundling of revenue and non-revenue generating facilities into a single project; how political risks and stakeholder engagement was managed; the innovative financing structure; risk allocation and mitigation strategies; and key features of the procurement process.

P3 Projects Under $100 Million: How to Structure a P3 to Create Genuine Value

While large scale P3 projects capture headlines, many social infrastructure opportunities fall into the $30 million – $100 million range.  Attendees will be introduced to a variety of components that lead to cost savings on smaller scale P3 projects, and illustrate how smaller scale P3s can be built on-time, on or under budget and with a lower cost structure than if delivered through a conventional public delivery process. 

P3 & The Road Ahead for Commercial Developers: The Intersection of Opportunity and Challenge

P3 is moving into new territory in the U.S. and proving it can enhance the opportunities for commercial development. One tool being used is a Hybrid P3 that involves a surprising group of partners and unique finance and delivery structures. This panel discusses how the hybrid model can help integrate commercial developments into or alongside P3 projects supporting civic interests, including arenas, hospitals, fine arts centers, water treatment facilities, student housing and other public facilities.

Payment and Performance Guarantee – P3s for American Infrastructure

Risk, performance security, and completion guarantees take many forms in the procurement of American infrastructure. Learn about best practices from industry experts, ensuring greatest taxpayer value, responsible asset management and public investment protection.

P3 Risk Transfer: Myth or Reality

The transfer of risk is an important element of a P3, but how much is truly understood about those risks that should be transferred and what should be retained by the owner – and why?

P3 Fact Check – For Big Infrastructure Projects, is Government Debt Really Cheaper?

Performance based P3s have been completed on time and in most cases ahead of schedule with no cost overruns.  This is because P3s are about incentives.  Through an interactive panel format attendees will explore the cost of capital conversation based on three delivery approaches while using actual financing examples, risk transfer and long-term operations and maintenance as discussion points.

P3s and Rural America: Where P3 can Work and Where it Shouldn’t

P3s bring value and benefits for the right project.  The key to successful procurement is knowing when the model works and when it doesn’t.  Best practices for P3 include understanding the model, identifying appropriate risks, and ensuring that the public needs are met in a compelling manner.

What’s the “F” in DBFOM?

Private financing is a key feature of DBFOM projects. In this session, our presenters will consider in detail the “F” in DBFOM by examining the value proposition of private financing, different private financing structures, and public policy considerations in the context of specific projects where private financing was effectively used. In addition, the speakers will discuss ways to address commercial issues in the P3 agreement necessitated by the addition of lenders and financing to the deal.

Diversity & Inclusion Programs for P3 Projects

Join a dynamic discussion to address the successes and challenges to diversity and inclusion programs on P3 projects. 

The Time to Enact Comprehensive P3-Authorizing Legislation is Now

This session will address the importance of P3 legislation and best practices for drafting and introducing bills to state legislatures that broadly authorize the use of public-private partnerships. 

Structuring P3s for Campus Infrastructure Projects

A panel of higher education experts discussing the process to successfully execute a P3 for campus infrastructure projects, and the importance of creating an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork throughout the negotiation process.

To P3 or Not to P3:  Identifying the Appropriate Project Delivery Model for Universities

This session will explore the various P3 models that have been successful in higher education, particularly with student housing, comparing the various tax-exempt and taxable debt models, equity options and government programs.  We will also discuss how P3 financing models impacts a university’s credit profile and balance sheet.  

Balancing Risk and Reward for Higher Education Institutions

As institutions seek to optimize how they conduct business and execute capital programs, issues such as risk and control are always pushed to the forefront when deciding how to unlock the value they bring to transactions. This session will explore the spectrum of risk tolerance and how sound business practices can help mitigate risk going forward. We will also focus on the right balance of risk, control and value for a series of hypothetical projects to illuminate different perspectives and help institutions account for this dynamic going forward.

Leveraging P3s for Institutional Transformation and Maximum Community Impact

Higher education institutions, industry, government and non-profits are re-thinking their business models, investigating how to improve community impact and developing innovative public/private partnerships to accelerate these transformations.  The panelists will share insight on the future of public private partnerships; how to go beyond the transaction to leverage innovation ecosystems; and how to integrate state, city, industry, community, transit, financial, real estate and other partners for increased social and economic outcomes. We will illustrate how new forms of real estate transactions that integrate innovative governance structures and high performance operating models can deliver integrated solutions at a state, regional, local and building scale.

Delivering Strategic Solutions for Municipal Water Challenges Under P3s

Let’s navigate through the benefits afforded by the different P3 models and discuss the key components of successful water P3s currently underway across the nation.

Overcoming Barriers to Advance P3s for Water Infrastructure

This session will demystify P3s and address the barriers that can deter communities from pursuing a P3 as a potential solution to their water challenges. A panel comprised of both private and public sector representatives will share their respective experiences in overcoming public resistance to private participation in water projects.

Creating and Adapting P3s in the Water Sector

Case studies by two owners with water P3 projects will form the backdrop of a lively discussion that will develop the water Sector P3 “Road Map” for owners.

Developing and Modernizing Energy Infrastructure Assets Using A P3 Approach

Municipalities are continuously challenged to find better ways to effectively manage their energy infrastructure assets. New alternative approaches through public private partnerships create maximum value for money to tax payers. This session will highlight how the DBOOM development model, which is based on a risk transfer approach, can be effectively deployed to modernize and build new energy infrastructure necessary to enhance overall system resiliency.

Innovation at the Edges

While we are still debating best practices around structuring infrastructure P3s, technological innovation that has transformed other industries is at our doorstep. Smart Cities and multi-modal initiatives are being thought of as “system-of–systems”. Larger collaborative partnerships will need to integrate across agencies and sectors building new business models and partnerships for mobility, sustainability and transparent efficiencies. This panel will discuss the impact of technology risks, and data enabled public private collaborations on financing and contracting structures for P3s.

P3 Opportunities in the Airport Sector

There are more than $75 billion worth of infrastructure projects required at airports in the U.S. according to ACI-NA. There are many models for project delivery at these complex sites with multiple stakeholders, including authorities, airlines and passengers. Hear a unique perspective on how the emerging P3 model can work in the U.S. for airports from the perspective of a seasoned airport developer, investor, manager and designer.

Port of San Diego – Lessons Learned from an Innovative and Historic Integrated Plan

The Port of San Diego owns and manages all tidelands that encompass San Diego Bay. This covers 2,400 acres of land and 3,500 acres of water spanning five cities. Because this land is public and subject to the Public Trust doctrine, it cannot be sold, and the Port enters into long-term leases and partnerships with the private sector and other public agencies. Every project undertaken is some form of public-private or public-public partnership. In this session, the Port will share lessons learned and best practices from structuring partnerships that often involve significant private and public development investments. The Port will provide an overview of their operations, marquee projects, and critical success factors. The discussion will also highlight the Port’s new initiative to take a broader, strategic portfolio-wide view on how to best optimize future development opportunities.

Pressure Points for P3s in Higher Education

Why isn’t every project delivered as a P3? In deciding whether to move forward with a P3, universities, investors, design-builders and operators face a slew of factors that can make or break the deal. Join panelists for a candid discussion from each perspective about the toughest factors that make the difference between closing a deal and walking away from the table.

The Role of EB-5 in P3 Projects

Join our diverse panel of experts to hear proven strategies for applying P3 models to EB-5 projects. We’ll discuss the benefits of the EB-5 and P3 relationship, the growing number of collaborations and share success stories on how EB-5 projects can help improve or revitalize your community.

The P3 that Transformed Sydney Harbor

Hear the lessons learned from one of Australia’s most recent and high profile P3s that delivered 2.7 million square feet of event and entertainment space and 20 hectares of high quality public domain in the heart of Sydney Harbor.

Please visit our agenda-at-a-glance page for complete information on all sessions and conference times.