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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2007 Print Version (word)
GOVERNOR GIBBONS NAMES PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PANEL
Carson City – Governor Jim Gibbons has named 12 community, business and government leaders to a Public-Private Partnership Advisory Panel. The panel will review and possibly facilitate the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a tool to address the funding shortfall anticipated in addressing Nevada’s future transportation needs.
“Nevadans deserve and must have safe and efficient highways and roads,” said Governor Gibbons. “Our state’s tremendous growth has presented challenges in meeting those needs. These distinguished leaders have agreed to evaluate transportation projects, using innovative public-private partnerships.”
Members of the panel are:
Kirk Clausen, Wells Fargo Bank – Chair
State Treasurer Kate Marshall
Senator Dina Titus (D – Clark Senate Dist. 7)
Senator Dennis Nolan (R – Clark Senate Dist. 9)
Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson (D – Dist. 17, Clark County)
Assemblyman Joe Hardy (R – Dist. 20, Clark County)
Clark County Commissioner Chip Maxfield
Mayor Mike Montandon, City of North Las Vegas
Rod Cooper, Granite Construction
Pat Lundvall, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
Lesley Pittman, Station Casinos, Inc.
Carole Vilardo, Nevada Taxpayers Association
Governor Gibbons proposed the use of public-private partnerships in his State of the State address, and discussed the potential of PPPs with U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters while he was in Washington, D.C., in February.
Following the Governor’s direction, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Susan Martinovich has taken the lead in advancing the concept and coordination of PPPs. NDOT has been researching how other western states have utilized legislation to enable PPPs. Through NDOT’s consultant selection process, it has also retained the nationwide engineering firm Carter & Burgess to research PPP alternatives and their feasibility for Nevada. The firm’s scope of work includes:
Alternatives and options available for PPPs
The experience of other states which have utilized PPPs
What corridors/highways would be viable candidates for PPPs
Criteria for selecting a PPP firm
Organizational structure for program management
Program administration processes
In addition, NDOT is leading the creation and coordination efforts of a western states coalition to advance a regional system for consideration in the federal Corridors of the Future Program. NDOT submitted a formal Expression of Interest on Tolling and Pricing Options to the Federal Highway Administration for the I-15 corridor and the Boulder City Bypass.
“The public-private partnership can take many forms. Many people immediately think of tolling, but the classic toll road is just one application. Our department, like the advisory panel, is looking at any creative funding structure involving private industry, and is committed to finding what works best for Nevadans,” said NDOT Director Martinovich.
The advisory panel’s meetings will be open to the public. The panel will initially convene next month and will meet quarterly as NDOT’s consultant work progresses. NDOT will bring recommendations from the panel to the Transportation Board of Directors, chaired by the Governor, for final approval and subsequent action.
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