SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An eastern Utah economic development group has selected an investment firm for a public-private partnership to finance and build a proposed rail line to provide freight...
Lamont had preliminary talks with private firms on tolls
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont says he's had "very preliminary" conversations with private investors who might help develop a proposed electronic highway tolling system in...
Oregon voters pass measure to allow governments to use affordable housing bond dollars for public-private partnerships
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters pass measure to allow governments to use affordable housing bond dollars for public-private partnerships.
Big Island officials plan partnership for lava-viewing site
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are working on a public-private partnership to create a viewing platform for people to see the new fissure and lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption.
West Hawaii Today reports the Hawaii County administration outlined plans Tuesday to construct the platform and a short trail near Lava Tree State Monument.
Kentucky editorial roundup
Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:
The Lexington Herald-Leader on KentuckyWired:
In one of state government's first big public-private partnerships — former Gov. Steve Beshear's laudable but fumbled effort to bring high-speed internet to all of Kentucky — the public was — how should we put this? — fleeced, rolled and taken to the cleaners by its private partners.
Tesla, others ID’d for Puerto Rico public-private alliances
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico has tentatively chosen Tesla as one of 13 companies it might form public-private partnerships with as it rebuilds from Hurricane Maria.
Officials said Friday that the projects include creating an energy storage system, modernizing the island's water and sewer meters and updating a ferry transportation system.
The other firms that were short-listed include PowerSecure Inc., a U.S.-based company, and SUEZ, a Paris-based utilities company.
Congressional panel to visit a revitalized Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Members of a congressional panel are getting ready to visit the recently revitalized city of Hot Springs after a public-private partnership worked to boost its economy.
The House Natural Resources Committee on Sept. 17 will travel to the city that for decades was a premier resort destination because of its thermal springs, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
New law expands public-private partnerships in New Jersey
EWING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed legislation making it easier for government agencies to enter into public-private partnerships.
The first-term Democrat signed the bill in Ewing on the campus of The College of New Jersey, which has a town center built through such a partnership.
Murphy said the legislation will help boost the state's economy and called it a "big deal."
Program raises millions to restore Great Lakes habitat
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A public-private partnership that supports wildlife habitat restoration in the Great Lakes region has awarded $6.6 million to 25 projects.
The grants come from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a program funded by federal agencies and the steel and mining company ArcelorMittal.
Recipients agreed to provide $8.2 million in matching funds.
Officials say new UW dorms should be funded by state
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Legislative Services Office says it would be better to pay for the rebuilding of the University of Wyoming's aging dormitories with state funding rather than a public-private partnership.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park was dedicated Tuesday, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that Missouri political leaders see as a template for the future of the national park system.
Several hundred people stood in steamy heat for a ceremony in the shadow of the 630-foot-tall (192-meter-tall) monument to westward expansion that sits along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (all times local):
The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park has been dedicated, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that some see as a template for the future of the national park system.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor signed a historic bill Wednesday to privatize the U.S. territory's troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution of energy amid an 11-year-old recession.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The operator of the Los Angeles Convention Center is proposing a $1.2 billion expansion that would involve a public-private partnership and add hundreds of downtown hotel rooms.
Entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group sent LA officials a letter Monday outlining the proposal, which would require city tax incentives.
Grants available for Michigan tree-planting projects
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public-private partnership is offering matching grants of up to $3,000 each to support tree-planting projects around Michigan.
The program is operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a nonprofit group called ReLeaf Michigan, and the DTE Energy Foundation, which provides the funding. It will distribute $70,000 in grants in 2018.
HARRISBURG — There are 390 bridges complete and open to traffic with 50 under construction in the state’s public-private partnership for bridges, Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards said Wednesday.
As part of the statewide program, the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, construction is expected to start on an additional 20 bridges and to be completed on eight others by the end of April.
SAN BENITO — The city’s looking for help as it mulls public-private partnerships.
Earlier this week, city commissioners voted to seek a consultant to help draft guidelines required to enter into possible contracts with companies that could privately finance sewer upgrades and street repairs.
City Commissioner Esteban Rodriguez, who has proposed the city consider funding the projects through private financing, has said a developer could save taxpayer money and perform a better and faster job.
- The Santa Fe New MexicanHouse OKs public-private partnerships for roads, broadband projectsMarch 2, 2019
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceBoard Approves Proposal To Seek Bridge Repair PlanDecember 3, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalTony Evers confirms that he will propose to dissolve Scott Walker's job-creation agencyNovember 21, 2018
- Connecticut PostStefanowski’s no-tolls stance raises questions about alternativesNovember 2, 2018
- Connecticut PostUConn Health seeking private partnershipOctober 22, 2018
Number of deficient bridges in Pennsylvania cut in half over the past decade by PennDOT, public-private partnership
In 2008, Pennsylvania had more than 6,000 state-owned bridges rated "structurally deficient."
Today, that number has been cut in half, to 3,098, including repairs and replacements on more than 1,600 bridges between 2015 and 2017, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announced Wednesday.
A large chunk of that progress has come through the state's public-private partnership, the Rapid Bridge Replacement project, under which 558 bridges total will be replaced using prefabricated designs.
SAN BENITO — The city might be taking steps to enter into a public-private partnership to finance as much as $25 million to repair streets and upgrade its sewer system.
Later today, city commissioners are expected to consider City Manager Manuel De La Rosa’s request to help set guidelines aimed at entering into a public-private partnership.
In San Benito, the city would be breaking new ground if it entered into this type of partnership.
Northern Illinois University found in noncompliance over bond covenants
DeKALB – An audit report from the Office of the Illinois Auditor General found that Northern Illinois University was in noncompliance with its bond agreements after transferring revenues reserved for certain facilities to other accounts.
As of June 30, NIU had outstanding revenue bonds whose proceeds were reserved to finance certain projects within a “closed system” of facilities not directly related to NIU’s instruction, research or service units.
JEFFERSON -- The Glacial Heritage Development Partnership is a major driving force in terms of economic development, yet the group's name just wasn't what its leaders were looking for. So they have made a change to streamline their monicker.
Water quality initiative announced for Cedar River watershed
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced a public-private partnership to help improve water quality and fight flooding in the Cedar River watershed in southern Minnesota.
It's a collaboration among the department and CFS Cooperative, Land O'Lakes, Hormel Foods, the Environmental Initiative and the Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District. It follows an agreement signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and Land O'Lakes in 2016.
Commission asked to develop revenue streams for state parks
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed a 12-member volunteer commission tasked with developing a diversified revenue stream to support Montana's state parks, including possible public-private partnerships.
The Montana Parks in Focus commission is scheduled to hold four public hearings around the state this year. The committee is being asked to deliver an initial assessment in June and to have its final recommendations to the governor's office by December.
Assistant City Manager Lori Houston has spent most of her career with the city trying to build San Antonio’s downtown into a thriving neighborhood, and she’s had some success.
Kentucky city approves funding plan for new soccer stadium
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A public-private partnership will fund a new soccer stadium and mixed-use development in Kentucky's largest city.
News outlets report the Louisville Metro Council approved four measures related to Louisville City FC's Butchertown stadium development district, including a $30 million bond to finance the city's portion of the project.
$1.4 million in grants announced to fight bat disease
HOUSTON (AP) — A public-private partnership is granting nearly $1.4 million to test treatments to halt a disease threatening the nation's bat population.
The white-nose syndrome fungus, first detected in New York state in 2006, has spread to 31 states and five Canadian provinces. Texas and Nebraska are the most recent states infected.
Ex-West Virginia hospital property slated for development
MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city plans to convert a vacant hospital's property into a hotel and conference center.
Media outlets report the city of Milton has entered into a public-private partnership to transform the former Morris Memorial Hospital and its 189-acre property.
City officials say in a news release that preliminary plans call for a 100-room hotel, pool facilities, a wedding chapel, soccer fields, a medical clinic, horse trails, a nine-hole golf course and townhomes.
Public-private partnership creates economic opportunities for East Idaho
One of the largest public-private partnerships in Idaho is moving forward after government and business leaders broke ground on the Northgate Project in East Idaho.
This project represents an unprecedented partnership between six public and private entities that will increase mobility and economic opportunity along the Interstate 15 corridor.
Chao signs deal for 16-mile Purple Line light rail project
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao signed a funding agreement Monday with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to build a 16-mile light rail project in the traffic-congested suburbs of the nation's capital, and she praised the use of public-private partnerships to build large infrastructure projects like this one.
Chao said the department is focused on making it easier for states to use such partnerships to pay for expensive and needed infrastructure in the United States.
California Editorial Rdp
Orange County Register on public-private space ventures needing oversight
Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's public-private partnership to provide funds for clean energy projects has won an innovation award from Harvard University.
The Connecticut Green Bank will receive the Innovations in American Government Award later this summer during a ceremony in Hartford.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public-private partnership has released its strategy for attempting to restore self-sustaining populations of the arctic grayling to Michigan waters.
The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative described its goals and plans for the next several years during a meeting last week of the state Natural Resources Commission in Lansing.
BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A remnant of U.S. military supply route linking Ohio and Michigan during the War of 1812 will be preserved under a new public-private partnership.
The 200-mile road was known as Hull's Trace, and was hastily built ahead of the war. It's named for Gen. William Hull and includes a roughly quarter-mile portion in Wayne County's Brownstown Township near Detroit that's made of hundreds of logs.
The Idaho Transportation Board on Wednesday did not to approve the $25 million interchange project that would connect Siphon Road and Olympus Drive to Interstate 15, but did publicly explain that they want to oversee the project’s construction moving forward.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers "bang for the buck," partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Carson said he expects to advance public-private partnerships, extending low-income housing tax credits and providing more opportunities for public-housing residents to get jobs at the buildings where they live.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is ready to sign dozens of new deals to privatize the operation of public services as government funds dwindle amid a decade-long recession, the island's governor told some 800 investors attending a two-day financial summit Thursday.
Three Rio Grande Valley ports of entry tapped for public-private partnership
Three Rio Grande Valley ports of entry — Anzalduas, Cameron County and Donna — were selected for public-private partnerships, according to a joint news release Thursday from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.
In a bipartisan effort, the two legislators created the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, which was passed in 2016.
Nonprofit group commits $30M for new Omaha VA facility
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A nonprofit corporation announced Wednesday that it's signed an agreement with federal officials to raise $30 million for a new veterans outpatient clinic in Omaha. Officials said it's the first of five public-private pilot projects nationwide for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Public-private partnership rapidly replacing bridges
HOLBROOK, Pa. (AP) — Decades of erosion have dramatically raised the creek bed below a small bridge over House Run in Greene County, causing the span to suffer repeated damage during floods, which send rushing water over its deck.
RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — The town of Radcliff is exploring a new public-private partnership to expedite building a long-stalled regional VA Medical Center for potentially 80 percent less than the estimated cost.
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking the Illinois Legislature to allow work to start on Interstate 55 in the Chicago area via a public-private partnership.
Task force backs public-private partnerships in schools
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state task force says that help from the private sector could help address Maine's low third-grade literacy rates.
The task force's recent report supports a pilot program addressing early childhood program supported by loans from private investors or performance-based contracts.
The idea is to expand early childhood and pre-kindergarten education programs that can help students improve literacy rates and prepare for kindergarten.
When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. This is the warning our legislators need to heed so that New Mexicans don’t pay the price for mass privatization of our public services. A bill that could privatize New Mexico’s critical public services, like water (House Bill 275, sponsored by Rep. Larry Larrañaga and Sen. Carlos Cisneros) will be heard by its second committee in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Saturday. Public-private partnerships, or P3s, range from a company designing and constructing a new school to a government contracting with a company to operate and maintain a road or a water utility.
Foxx: Private dollars alone can’t solve transportation woes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stimulating private investment in infrastructure projects, as President-elect Donald Trump has proposed, can cover only a fraction of the costs of solving America's transportation problems, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned as he prepares to leave office.
Puerto Rico pursues public-private partnerships amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's newly elected governor has signed his first law — one aimed at boosting the U.S. territory's economy via public-private partnerships.
He says the measure would promote public operation of public services without complete privatization. It grants priority to Puerto Rico businesses while aiming to attract outside investment as well,
Ricardo Rossello said late Wednesday that no such partnerships have been created in the past three years.
Measure for new $136M VA facility in Omaha signed into law
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing a public-private partnership to build a $136 million veterans medical facility in Omaha.
Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford, of Omaha, announced Friday's signing in a news release. Ashford pushed the bill through the House; U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, sponsored it in the Senate.
When the general 1 percent sales tax failed in last month’s election some questioned the community’s support for publicly funded housing projects.
Recent fundraising efforts by the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust tell a different story, one that may pave the way for future public-private partnerships.
10,000 NYC schoolchildren to get college savings accounts
NEW YORK (AP) — Some 10,000 New York City children will start kindergarten with $100 in a college savings account thanks to a public-private partnership intended to boost the number of students attending college.
Under the three-year pilot program announced Tuesday, about 3,500 kindergartners will get so-called 529 college savings accounts next fall.
Another 3,500 kindergartners will get the accounts in the fall of 2018 and a third group in the fall of 2019.