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The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI), in partnership with UNC-TV, convened two community forums in the Triad and Fort Bragg regions which focused specifically on local financing options to pay for needed infrastructure. Based on these discussions and survey responses from attendees, participants indicated that public-private partnerships (PPPs) are the most important funding option to explore in order to meet their region's infrastructure needs. And as we heard at the 2009 Emerging Issues Forum, a sub-standard network of physical infrastructure will not meet the needs of our state’s dynamic and rapidly growing population.
For this reason, as part of the second phase of our partnership with UNC-TV, IEI hosted two webinars that focused on the use of PPPs. Many questions were discussed, including such topics as what are PPP's and how do they work? What are best practices, both at the national and state level? What kind of legislation is needed for fair and effective PPPs to thrive? A pdf file presentation from NCSU of this 'Public-Private Partnerships: The Big Picture' webinar can be found here.
Richard Little, Director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the University of Southern California
Provided by The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI)