International Conference on Public-Private Partnerships coming to Austin in May
It’s no secret that we increasingly seem to have more vehicles than roads to carry them, and that situation is only going to worsen over time. Still worse, we don’t have enough DOT funds to even maintain the roads and bridges we have now. That’s where public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be beneficial: the public and private sectors can work together to build or operate transportation infrastructures, minimizing costs and maximizing services.
Creating PPPs for transportation projects has become a global trend, a trend that will be explored at the 2nd International Conference on Public-Private Partnerships (ICPPP2015) in Austin May 26–29, 2015. Held at the AT&T Conference Center, this conference benefits from the involvement of CTR faculty researcher Zhanmin Zhang, a pioneer in the PPP field whose work has real-world applications for public and private organizations looking to forge fair and equitable partnerships. Also involved as a conference chair is C. Michael Walton, a CTR faculty researcher recently inducted into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor for his illustrious career that bridges the gap between research and practice.
ICPPP2015 will explore diverse PPP topics ranging from policy to engineering, and economics to legal issues. Here are some examples:
- Financing Policies
- Financial Viability and Risk Analysis of PPP Projects
- Design, Construction, Operation, and Management of PPP Infrastructure Projects
- Legal Issues Related to PPPs
In addition to the regular technical sessions, the conference will host a special PPP Innovation Forum featuring presentations from Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students who are currently conducting research on PPPs.