Center GRA Lauren McCarthy was recently welcomed at the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure’s (AIAI) 2017 Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo as the organization’s first AIAI Scholar. Throughout the conference titled “Where the Public and Private Sector Meet,” Lauren’s experience explored important community engagement issues and provided meaningful contacts with both public and private-sector P3 practitioners. Following her return, Lauren has worked to incorporate her conference insights into the Center’s developing research paper, “The Impact of Political Risks on U.S. Surface Transportation Infrastructure.”
Oct 8, 2016
The Chinese P3 Center organized a training delegation to visit institutions in Washington DC, including the Schar School’s P3 Center. Dr. Gifford was honored to deliver a presentation to the delegation that included an introduction to P3’s, an overview of transportation finance in the US, and a targeted look at the US P3 market. He also had the opportunity to highlight the Center and its ongoing research efforts. To view the presentation please click here.
Dr. Shotaro ABE of the Japanese firm CTI Engineering Co. Ltd., in Osaka, is spending time in September visiting the Center. Dr. ABE has a growing interest in learning about the U.S. market for public-private partnerships (P3s). With the recent growth in the American P3 market, he hopes to study this trend, gather information about P3s in the U.S., and understand the differences between American and Japanese P3 developments. We are thrilled to host Dr. ABE and look forward to discussing all of these issues and learning what we can about P3s in Japan.
Aug 5, 2016
The TransInfo Symposium was held at George Mason’s Arlington campus and three of the Center’s Graduate Research Assistants presented recent research during a poster session and discussed the database that the research is based upon. The paper is entitled “Impact of Political Risk on the Efficiency of Public-Private Partnerships,” by Jonathan Gifford, Lisardo Bolaños, Lauren McCarthy, and Jeong Yun Kweun. As outlined in the abstract, the research examines the impact of political risk on the efficiency of delivering transportation projects using a public-private partnership approach.
Aug 5, 2016
The 14th Annual World Conference on Transport Research was held in Shanghai, China, July 10-15. The Center’s work was featured in poster presentations that were based on two research papers: “The Governance of Surface Transportation in the 21st Century: VDOT Institutional Responses to Environmental Changes” by Jonathan Gifford, Lisardo Bolaños, Nobuhiko Daito, Morghan Transue and Jeong Yun Kweun and “Evaluating Highway Public-Private Partnerships: Evidence from U.S. Value for Money Studies” by Jeong Yun Kweun, Porter K. Wheeler, and Jonathan L. Gifford.