For general inquiries, the P3 Center can be contacted at: p3policy@gmu.edu

Dr. Gifford, Center Director, can be contacted at: jgifford@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-2275
Fax: 703-993-8215

10th Anniversary Forum: The Center celebrated its 10th anniversary at its annual forum on May 3, at Mason’s Arlington Campus. You can find recordings of the individual sessions and keynote remarks here.

The Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership (P3) Policy is dedicated to advancing objective consideration of transportation P3s through research, education, and public service. You can learn more about our objectives here.

“We foresee the public-private partnerships in the nation as not the exception but the norm,” said then-Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton.
“Basically, at the federal, state, and local levels there’s a scarcity of public funds. When you look at that and recognize we are going to be looking more and more at private sector investment and involvement in our infrastructure, there needs to be a place in an academic setting that can be a neutral evaluator,
adjudicator, and researcher on public-private partnerships.”

Founded in 2013, the P3 Center is part of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and is directed by Jonathan Gifford. The Center’s chief objective directly speaks to then-Secretary Connaughton’s call–to unite policymakers, industry leaders, and national researchers to explore innovative approaches to delivering new and renewed transportation facilities. This linkage is particularly important as publicly available funding for new construction projects and ongoing maintenance is rapidly declining.

Conveniently located in the greater Washington, D.C. area allows the Center’s influence to extend beyond state-level initiatives and to federal measures, building upon the university’s established leadership within the state, national, and international markets.


Check back soon to learn about more of the exciting events that the Center has available for the community!


We sponsor research on a range of subjects related to P3 policy. Research outputs include peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations and panel sessions, working papers, white papers, and research briefs. You can learn more here.

Current Project Materials

To Support the Project:
Phase III is in need of support.

Please contact:
Jonathan Gifford,
Center Director, at jgifford@gmu.edu to help support this ongoing research.