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Public-Private Partnerships: Drivers for Civic and Social Infrastructure

Date: January 18, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: January 18 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on January 17

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, January 8

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Public-private partnerships (PPP) have gained momentum as an increasingly popular economic development model. In place of traditionally-run state or local economic development agencies, PPPs leverage the assets, funding, and expertise of public and private partners to create jobs, attract businesses, and drive revitalization efforts. Although transportation projects have garnered increasing attention in recent years, many regions have also adopted PPPs as catalysts for civic and social infrastructure. These projects may include water infrastructure, broadband, public buildings, university housing, energy production, wastewater facilities, recreational facilities, and more. Attend this session to hear examples of new types of PPP projects. You will be introduced to trends and innovations which will allow you to turn civic and social infrastructure burdens into business opportunities.

What you'll learn:

• Best practices in using PPPs for civic and social infrastructure
• Expert advice in procurement management, contract negotiations, and monitoring of PPPs
• Examples of successful PPP projects which have provided both short- and long-term economic benefits




Michael Catsi, CEcD
Business Development and Communications Director
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Anchorage, AK

Mr. Catsi pursues business development opportunities, provides client assistance services, and oversees communications for the Authority. He serves as the Chair of AIDEA’s Project Suitability Committee, and as a member of AIDEA’s investment review committees.

Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Catsi led economic development organizations as executive director of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, and the Skagway Development Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, and the Advisory Board for the Launch:Alaska business accelerator. He has served as President of the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development, and of the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, he was elected to the Skagway City Council, and served on the board of the Alaska Municipal League.

Mr. Catsi is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of New South Wales, Australia.


John Finke
Public Facilities Group
Seattle, WA

John Finke is President of the Public Facilities Group, a nationally recognized not-for-profit specializing in P3 delivery of public facilities. PFG uses the New American Approach for P3 delivery which blends a DBFOM model with 100% Tax-Exempt financing to achieve the most efficient and cost effective form of project delivery. John has completed 28 projects using the American Approach with a total cost of $2 Billion. Each project was delivered on or ahead of schedule and at or under budget. Each project was also completed substantially below his governmental client’s expectations for cost and ahead of schedule when compared to a traditional public works delivery. Additionally, John lectures at the Graduate level on Public Private Partnerships at the University of Washington Real Estate College of Build Environments. Prior to forming Public Facilities Group Mr. Finke founded and lead the P3 program at the National Development Council.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, January 8. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, January 8.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, January 8 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, January 8 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.