Governor Asa Hutchinson welcomed Arkansas officials to an October Planning Retreat on P3s. Center Director Jonathan Gifford provided a “P3s 101” briefing at the event, which increased participant’s understanding of public-private partnerships in Arkansas and explored project opportunities in transportation using case studies.
Center Director Jonathan Gifford, PhD, presented a paper at the Fourth Annual International Public-Private Partnership (P3) Symposium hosted by the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) in New York on September 15, 2015. The Symposium was sponsored by the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, Public Works Financing Newsletter, Parsons Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and the University Transportation Research Center – Region II.
On August 6, 2015, the Center co-sponsored a small and minority business networking event with Skanska USA, one of the world’s foremost construction groups leading numerous Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects in the U.S. to include the Elizabeth River Crossing in Virginia and I-4 Ultimate in Florida. More than 50 representatives from small businesses in the Washington metropolitan area attended the event at the Arlington campus.
Jeong Yun Kweun (known to colleagues as “JK”) presented a poster at the First Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics. August 13-14, 2015, Buffalo, New York; “Measuring Demand Elasticity for U.S. Toll Roads: An Aggregate Analysis of Panel Toll Data Collected from a Large Sample of U.S. Tolled Roads” with Dr. Shanjiang Zhu, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering.
On July 9, Center Director Jonathan Gifford guest lectured to a summer MBA graduate course on privatization and P3s at George Washington University. The professor of the graduate course invited Gifford to speak to his class after seeing his presentation on VDOT at the Cambridge ISNIE conference. Gifford’s presentation, titled The Governance of Surface Transportation in the 21st Century: Understanding the Challenges of Implementing New Technologies and New Procurement Methods,” was co-authored by Center Graduate Research Associates Lisardo Bolaños, Nobuhiko Daito, and Jeong Yun Kweun.