September 20-21, 2011 | Arlington, VA

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Excellence in Project Finance at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), hosted a Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation to assist state teams in exploring how P3s—contractual  agreements between states and private sector entities—might be used to enhance the delivery and management of transportation infrastructure and get a better appreciation for the tradeoffs with public sector approaches. Representatives from each participating state’s governor’s office, transportation agency and legislature engaged in interactive discussions with public and private experts designed to build their understanding of P3 opportunities, risks and responsibilities.  Discussion topics included: identify revenue sources and capital partners, assessing potential where P3 projects make sense, selecting private sector partners and advisors, successfully negotiating an agreement, allocating risk, and managing and implementing a P3 deal.


  • Opening Keynote: Exploring P3s for Transport Infrastructure
    • Akash Deep, senior lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Working Together to Advance State Interests: The Virginia Example
    • Delegate Tom Rust, Virginia House of Delegates
    • Tony Kinn, director, Office of Transportation P3s, Virginia Department of
    • Dusty Holcombe, deputy director, Office of Transportation P3s, Virginia Department of
  • Laying the Groundwork for a Successful P3 Program
    • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon
    • Angel Gonzàlez, deputy director, Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Authority
    • Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas/NCSL PPP Working Group Co-Chair
    • Tim Wilschetz, managing director, KPMG Corporate Finance
  • The Canadian P3 Experience
    • Sarah Clark, president and CEO, Partnerships British Columbia
  • Advancing Innovative State Programs
    • Regina McElroy, director, FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery
  • Crafting and Negotiating the Right Deal
    • Marla Lien, general counsel, Denver Regional Transportation District
    • Laurie Mahon, Infraconsult, LLC; Representing Maryland Department of Transportation
    • Fred Kessler, partner, Infrastructure Practice Group, Nossaman LLP
    • Samara Barend, vice president, Strategic Development, and Director for Public-Private Partnerships in North America, AECOM
  • Evaluating Capital Options
    • Ray DiPrinzio, senior vice president and Team Leader, Public and Infrastructure Finance
      Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank
    • John Dionisio, corporate & finance manager, Meridiam Infrastructure North America
    • Tom Rousakis, vice president, Goldman Sachs
  • The Role of Federal Credit Assistance
    • Jorianne Jernberg, financial analyst, FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery
    • James O’Keeffe, senior economist, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
    • David Seltzer, principal, Mercator Advisors, LLC
  • Communicating with the Public about P3s
    • Angel Gonzàlez, deputy director, Puerto Rico PPP Authority
    • James Stark, deputy commissioner, Capital Management Program, Indiana
    • Chris Kiefer, state and federal legislative director, Office of the Governor, Indiana