A message from Center Director, Jonathan Gifford:
Welcome to the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government! U.S. transportation funding, financing and program delivery are changing rapidly and the Center exists to support sound policy research and education in response to a host of evolving critical transportation infrastructure needs.
Our fundamental objectives are to supply case studies, graduate and executive education, and research that advance sound policy. Well-informed elected officials, agency personnel, and community leaders are particularly critical when needs are multiplying and budgets are not. The Center, located three miles from the U.S. Capitol in Arlington, Virginia, is able to bring together commercial, government and legislative stakeholders with academics and graduate students to accelerate transportation solutions.
The Center houses a rich set of P3 resources for research, and executive and graduate study.The Center’s staff is active in the vigorous ongoing debate about transportation P3s in Virginia, in the national capital region, nationally and internationally. A two-year calendar of forums, workshops and roundtable discussions is filling with topics requested by corporate partners, transportation officials, and global experts. Research projects are underway on a wide range of topics, including: P3s and air rights, P3 data practices and needs, renegotiation of P3s, multimodal P3s, and financial market structure. Center scholars regularly publish and present their work in leading journals and conferences. And the Center is serving as a hub of forward-looking thought and activity in just its first two years.
The coming year will see the expansion of our base of support to include private sector sponsors and stakeholders, both commercial and not-for-profit. This is critical to the engagement of their expertise and responsiveness to their challenges, whether as experienced leaders or pioneering entities.
We will also continue to use graduate and executive education to expand the workforce pipeline of knowledgeable executives, skilled staff, visionary career professionals and talented researchers.
Of particular interest to the Center is how to make this website your best transportation P3 resource. Please share the most important P3 policy issues from your perspective and tell us what resources matter most to you. Contact me directly.
While many see a transportation world in crisis, we seek to address both the opportunities and challenges inherent in our work and in our era. Visit the Center’s website often and join us in advancing solutions.
Professor Gifford on C-Span talking about the Interstate Highway System, July 8, 2013.