The 2018 P3 Conference.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in Transportation Conference, the nation’s premier and longest-standing transportation P3 networking event, will be held July 17-19, in Washington, D.C. The July 17 National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates is also co-located at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

The hotel room discount deadline for both events is June 25. Registration, agenda, and sponsorship information for the P3 Conference can be found at Details on the Advocates Workshop are at Registration for the P3 Conference includes the Advocates Workshop.

The P3 Conference, now in its 31st year, offers opportunities to connect with hundreds of key decision makers, project sponsors, private-sector finance executives and government leaders from all levels. This year’s program highlights include:

  • U.S. DOT’s View of P3s: Dan DeBono, the new chief infrastructure funding officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation, shares insight on the Trump administration’s P3 policies.
  • Making P3s a Reality, An Owners Discussion: The July 18 plenary session features Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, Maryland DOT Secretary Pete Rahn, and Georgia DOT Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle.
  • The Great Debate… Are P3s Even Worth It? Differing Views on the Risk Appetite for P3s: The debate is a conference tradition and features multiple expert viewpoints on risk, and how it may be driving the U.S. P3 market.

The P3 Conference also features the annual awards luncheon to recognize noteworthy individuals and projects, and an “Emerging Leaders Track” for early career P3 professionals.

The Transportation Advocates Workshop, a signature program of ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), brings together transportation investment champions from around the country to share best practices for advancing state and local legislative and ballot initiatives that boost transportation infrastructure investment. Highlights include:

  • Battleground States: How National Politics Can Impact the Local Vote: Advocates from California and Missouri share tips for successful transportation investment campaigns despite national political polarization.
  • EVs and an Evolving World: Speakers from North Carolina and Utah will share their experiences with electric vehicle fees, road usage charges, and vehicle registration fees.
  • Expert Roundtable: Pros & Cons of Tolling: Jennifer Aument (Transurban), Vicki Kitchen (Build Indiana Council) and Robert Poole (Reason Foundation) will explore state trends for this revenue option.

For more information about the P3 Conference, please contact ARTBA’s Rich Juliano. For the Advocates Workshop, please contact TIAC’s Carolyn Kramer.