2022 Agenda

Preliminary Agenda

  • 8:00 am — 1:00 pm

    Conference Check-In, Registration, and Exhibitor Set-Up

  • 9:00 am — 10:30 am

    P3 101 Questions and Answers Breakfast Workshop (Open to Public Sector Attendees Only | Advanced Registration Required)

    Join industry leaders and AIAI members for breakfast and an interactive conversation specifically tailored to the needs of agencies evaluating P3s. This pre-conference session is designed for those beginning to explore P3s, helping them understand where P3s are applicable, and how they can save money and time when dealing with upgrades, repairs, and maintenance. Learn when P3s do or do not make sense, and what major considerations need to be made when choosing this route, including the critical first steps.

  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    How to P3 for Small to Mid-Sized Projects and Communities: Lessons Learned in Delivering Local Serving Projects under $500M

    A P3 is not one deal structure; it is a continuum of private involvement in public projects and public investment in private projects. This session will explore innovations in hybrid real estate/social infrastructure P3 projects and reviews the utility of various procurement, project delivery, and financing structures that should be considered for small- to mid-sized projects and/or local governments. Our focus will be on best practices and lessons learned, presented in an engaging and lively format. This session is designed for public officials who are: Still confused by the definition of a “P3”, Wondering if their deal is large enough to be a “P3”, Overwhelmed by the prospect of a 30- year O&M contract or a fully integrated DBFOM deal structure, and looking for clarity on how a P3 may work for their small to mid-sized projects. 

  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm

    Conference Welcome and Opening Conversation

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

    Opening Plenary: The 2022 Outlook for P3s

    President Biden and leaders in Congress have crossed the political divide to move the largest infrastructure bill forward in decades. Looking ahead, thought leaders from across the P3 industry discuss their views of what’s to come. What’s possible for P3? How can industry help? What about new opportunities for private capital to unlock value and leverage new public investments? 

  • 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Networking and Coffee Break

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    Contractors and P3: What to Expect/What’s Expected, Who are These People, Why Things Are Going This Way, and How to Participate

    This panel offers a brass-tacks, give-it-to-you-straight, perspective from P3 market industry participants at all corners of a transaction, financing parties/investors, and their advisors to offer contractors that are interested in pursuing a project delivered under a P3, insights as to the roles, expectations, conventions, and risks. Contractor participation in a P3 is not only about risk estimation and low price, but other measures of value. 

    The panel intends to cover such topics as: where risks reside; expectations relating to payment, performance, warranty security; sow risk assessments by credit agencies and prospective lenders influences risk discussions; estimating versus quantifying risks for bid pricing; solicitation competitive tension; who talks, who goes to what meetings, etc.; what the agreements are “behind the curtain” and how they work; issues and potential returns relating to contractor equity participation; and what advisors and when to hire them.

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    Green Bonds and Green Loans: Financial Products for a Sustainable Future

    Increased demand for green loans, green bonds, and other green financial products and related initiatives are opening the door to increased financing opportunities for P3 projects. The heightened demand is also driving a lower cost of capital when green financing is involved. Investors and banks are increasingly seeking green products to round out their portfolios, provide stability to their investors and meet the demand for sustainability. Many P3 projects meet the requirements for designation as green financing, including mass transit, water, energy, and similar projects. This panel will focus on the increased demand for green financial products and the way P3 projects can benefit from green financing.

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    How Do I Deliver a Project with the P3 Model? Best Practices for a Successful Procurement Process

    The panel will discuss the key issues that public agencies must consider when conducting a project procurement - structuring the agreement, conducting a fair and competitive procurement process, and negotiating a final agreement that is transparent and protects the public interest. 

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    P3s as a Driver of Capital Program Excellence

    Successful capital programs that consistently deliver on their target ROI are structured around key stages of the capital program value chain and have shifted their mindset from delivering projects to enabling the enterprise mission. How are these premier capital programs integrating P3 and alternative delivery into their successful capital programs? This panel will examine how the most successful and innovative capital programs use alternative delivery to achieve their broader capital program goals.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Collaborative Contracting: Growing Interest Across North America

    Owners and Contractors continue to experience delivery challenges on large-scale P3s and other fixed-price delivery projects right across the US and Canada. The real-world experience of P3s is raising questions over the merits of the model itself, and whether a more collaborative model can deliver a better outcome for public infrastructure.  Join us for a balanced panel discussion on the growing interest in collaborative delivery solutions (Progressive Design-Build, CM-AR, other Early Contractor Involvement models), how and where they make sense for Owners, and in what circumstances might private capital/P3 still make sense in a collaborative model.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    How Do I Design a P3? Best Practices in Deal Structuring and Contract Management

    The basis of all good P3s is in the structuring of the deal and the management/oversight of the contract. During this session, industry experts will discuss best practices for P3 deal structuring. They will also share their views on best practices for contract management for the long-term success of a P3.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    How Third Parties Can Make or Break a P3

    Third parties such as utilities, other government agencies, and even community stakeholders are an often-overlooked component of any major infrastructure project. But, with issues like environmental review, right-of-way acquisition, and utility relocation in play, they raise important technical, policy, legal, and commercial questions and can have a significant impact on the success or failure of a P3. This panel will explore how third-party risks can be identified, engaged, and mitigated to fully leverage the full potential of the P3 model.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID World

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous headwinds for public transit systems in many major US metropolitan areas. Moreover, the funding streams that support capital investments and operations took significant hits as motor fuel and sales tax revenues declined. And while auto travel also declined substantially, it has rebounded more quickly than other modes. This, as well as the possibility of more sustained changes to resident and business preferences, has led to concerns that the pandemic could alter the nature of public transit investment for years to come. That said, the recovery of public transit will depend on a transportation system that's interactive, equitable, convenient, and affordable — made up of public and private sources — to compete with the personal car. This panel will discuss current and future trends in public transit, new business models, and how structured public-private partnerships can assist in rethinking mobility in a post-pandemic world.

  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

    Opening Night Welcome Reception

    Join us at this special networking event for all conference speakers and delegates. 

  • 7:00 am — 9:00 pm

    Networking Breakfast

  • 9:00 am — 9:45 am

    Opening Plenary: Building Inclusion from the Ground Up

    As our schools and communities continue to face an ever-growing number of natural and human-made threats, it is essential to recognize that comprehensive school safety goes far beyond just physical security. Creating a safe, secure, and sustainable learning environment – a physical space – to support and educate our children and youth has become the focus of many communities around the country. Join industry professionals from both public and private sectors as they share their vision for K-12 and innovative approaches to providing Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Schools.

  • 9:45 am — 10:30 am

    Morning Plenary: ESG Unveiled

    The term ESG is used widely in the P3 infrastructure market, but what is it and what does it mean to industry stakeholders? Join members from AIAI’s ESG Working Group and representatives from the public sector as they set out to understand the views of the various stakeholders on the meaning of ESG and the impact on infrastructure and the communities these assets serve.

  • 10:30 am — 11:00 am

    Networking and Coffee Break

  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    Addressing the Digital Divide: Perspectives from Cities, Counties and States

    The COVID crisis has refocused attention on the digital divide in the US, where 20% of the population has no access to broadband either because the service is not offered or because it is unaffordable. This is true in both rural and urban areas. All levels of government are finding innovative ways to address this issue by working collaboratively with the private sector and investors in various Public-Private Partnership (PPP) models. The availability of federal funding, in The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and Infrastructure bill, provides an impetus to move solutions forward.  

    This session will explore the roots of the digital divide, the models to address it, the sources of funding, and the opportunities to deploy private capital. Participants will hear from owners and stakeholders, about their experiences and best practices in addressing the digital divide.

  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    How Do I Build a P3? Best Practices in Risk Allocation and Surety

    The effective use of the P3 model is predicated on contractually allocating risk to the party most able to effectively manage it, but such risk allocation cannot occur in a vacuum. Risk allocation between parties must be aligned with project fundamentals such as performance, financing, and payment obligations, to ensure that parties are sufficiently incentivized to effectively manage their respective risks once the signed concession agreement becomes effective. A diverse panel representing multiple perspectives will offer real-world examples and insights into the critical links between effective risk transfer and incentives impacting both the private partner selection process and the successful implementation of the project concession agreement.

  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

    Public to Private | Private to Public – Changing Perspectives

    A panel of experts who have worked on P3s from both the public and private sectors offer some insights into bridging the two sides on topics such as delivery decisions, risk, and procurement. How can the two parties help move innovative delivery forward instead of getting in each other’s way?

  • 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm

    Networking Lunch

  • 1:15 pm — 2:00 pm

    Afternoon Keynote

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

    Opportunity Analysis for Large Infrastructure Projects How Do You Stay Creative and Innovative While Working on a P3 Project?

    This panel will discuss the strategic, legal, business, and thought process and approach for P3 projects and ways to stay ahead of the curve while considering laws, regulations, risks, advisors, goals, marketability, project delivery, schedule, and more.

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

    What Makes a Good P3 Partnership in Higher Ed? And is It Even Important?

    You’ve heard it before, “Partnership is the most important of the ‘P’ in P3.” So, if a university is thinking about issuing an RFQ/RFP for a future P3 project this session is one to attend. Come hear from university and college P3 project leaders how much emphasis, if any, should be placed on the Partnership when reviewing RFQ/RFP submission from a P3 developer, especially in comparison to design and financials/deal economics.

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

    Why do a P3? Building the Business Case for a P3 and Selling it to Your Community

    What business considerations must a government review before starting the P3 process? The panel will discuss the elements that must be considered as the public builds out the business case for a P3 and share ideas on how to effectively communicate the business case to the community at large.

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

    Zero Emission Vehicles: Considerations for Transit and Transportation Planners

    As the decarbonization agenda is accelerating, there are a range of pressures from up and down the supply chain incentivizing transit and transportation industries to shift to zero emission vehicles and buses (ZEV and ZEB). How are transit agencies, transportation departments, and their private sector partners successfully transitioning to a zero-emission future? This panel examines the drivers and critical attributes to a successful electrification program.   

  • 3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

    Networking and Coffee Break

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    Net Zero Carbon – the Role of P3s in Decarbonizing Higher Education

    With the publication of the latest IPCC report, the imperative of moving to a net zero carbon economy is clear as never before. All sectors of the economy have a role to play, and leading higher education institutions have made significant progress in developing net zero carbon strategies in the last five years. However, many institutions are now approaching implementation with serious intent for the first time. Meeting net zero goals across a campus or university system requires leadership and vision, combined with a clear-sighted understanding of implications and complexities of such an undertaking. 

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    Perspectives on Transit Oriented Development and P3

    Successful Transit-Oriented Development is occurring across the country, facilitated by convenient transit access and density around transit stations. Those projects need effective public and private sector engagement, to create market returns necessary for private investment and to achieve public interest goals (such as economic development, urban design, congestion relief, and affordable housing). This session will bring together stakeholders from transit agencies, local governments, and developers to discuss best practices and examples of how public and private sectors have worked together to achieve success on each of their terms.   

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    The Role of Technology in the Procurement Process

    Managing communications and data exchange can be a challenge for both the project team and the owner. This conversation will examine how the use of technology can be leveraged to ensure operational efficiency, transparency, and accountability both during the procurement process and throughout the P3 lifecycle.

  • 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

    What’s a Key Ingredient for P3 Success? Picking the Right Advisors and Partners

    Building a successful procurement and delivering a project demands the right partners. When running a P3 procurement, the public sector project manager could potentially spend more time with their advisors than they will with their own family – pick your advisor carefully. Similarly, when the public sector selects the winning private sector partner for a full-life-cycle of a project (over 30 years) it is like picking a life partner – again, pick your private partner carefully. This panel will comprise both those who have made these selections and those who have been part of these partnerships.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Education Building Blocks – Leveraging P3 for K-12 Public Schools

    The deplorable state of the nation’s K-12 public schools is well-documented. Schools across the country have made headlines for their dilapidated conditions, from having no heat in the winter to being plagued with roaches, rats and mold. About half of America’s public-school buildings are in dire need of repairs and upgrades to fulfill their educational mission and meet student and faculty broader needs. As cities and states struggle meet these challenges, some are beginning to turn to alternative finance and delivery approaches, such as P3.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Relational Dynamics of the P3 Team – How Do We Do Better Together?

    At the onset of every project, conversations to clarify intent, purpose, process, and desired outcomes, and focus your team on the underlying issue driving the project, are critical to its success. How you bring a team together at the initial stages of a project and establish a road map to how the team should behave and interact with each other on the way to the ultimate project delivery, plays a huge part in reaching the desired outcome. This interactive session will explore a process that brings about this team cohesiveness, alignment, and clarity.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Top Ten Critical Issues When Procuring a P3

    This panel will present a step-by-step review of the ten critical issues that must be addressed when procuring a P3: Vision, Political Champions, Communication, Community, Commitment, Experience, Funding, Staff, Time, and Access.

  • 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm

    Trends in Sustainability for Infrastructure Projects

    From environmental impacts to social and community considerations, sustainability has become a key factor in the planning and structuring of infrastructure projects. We will discuss trends in sustainability, best practices on how to include sustainability metrics in infrastructure projects.

  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

    Evening Networking Reception

    Join us at this special networking event for all speakers and delegates.

  • 7:30 am — 9:00 am

    Networking Conference Breakfast

  • 9:00 am — 10:00 am

    Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development

    This panel will explore innovative ways to think about electric vehicle infrastructure and bidirectional batteries. More specifically, the session will discuss how these technologies can provide value to the grid, such as resilience, and introduce new revenue streams to support capital investment. Argonne National Lab will present GIS mapping capabilities that will overlay the U.S. transit system and electric grid to demonstrate these synergies and highlight tools to help decision makers with planning and execution.

  • 9:00 am — 10:00 am

    One Size Does Not Fit All: Customizing P3 to Achieve Your Higher Education Institution’s Needs

    This panel discussion will cover innovative financial solutions for higher education institutions operating with constrained budgets yet looking to achieve impactful long-term campus infrastructure and sustainability models with the ability to transfer risk. For each institution, the path to better facility performance and energy infrastructure looks different. Even with the common thread of a P3, each project must be fully customized and start with the end goal in mind. Session attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how a strategic partner, working with investors and higher education leaders, can lead to a unique solution suited to the institutions’ desired outcomes. 

  • 9:00 am — 10:00 am

    Understanding the Differences Between Funding and Financing

    This session will introduce fundamental financial topics related to P3s and review how P3 financing models are evolving and how the role of the public sector changes under the different approaches. Panelists will explore the factors that affect the rating and availability of private finance. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of choices in the procurement model, agreement terms on private financing, the public sector, and the customer.

  • 10:00 am — 10:30 am

    Networking and Coffee Break

  • 10:30 am — 11:30 am

    Expectation vs. Reality: Aligning Owner Estimates with Procurement Outcomes

    Several recent high-profile P3 procurements have been canceled by project owners after receiving bids that were deemed too expensive. Is this a trend that could continue in a post-pandemic environment marked by continuing unpredictability of the cost of materials and labor, as well as risk generally for large construction projects? This panel will discuss the reasons for these outcomes and strategies to support better alignment between owner cost estimates, programmed funding, and contractor bids for major infrastructure projects.

  • 10:30 am — 11:30 am

    How Do I Keep a P3? Monitoring and Partnership for the Long Terms

    The real work of a public-private partnership lies in the O&M phase – when the public sector must step into the monitoring role, the true test of the partnership begins.

  • 10:30 am — 11:30 am

    P3 Projects Coast to Coast

    The market is maturing and new projects are on the horizon. Join us as panelists discuss their projects coming to market and the value P3 is bringing to their procurement.

  • 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

    P3 Questions and Answers Discussion Session – What Are the Next Steps? Where to Go from Here?

    Join AIAI member industry experts for an interactive conversation specifically tailored to audience questions and answers about P3s. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance and join in the discussion of the benefits, values, and applications of P3s in an open dialogue.

  • 12:30 pm — 12:30 pm

    End of Conference and Expo | Exhibitor Breakdown