May 20: APAPA Public Private Partnerships Training at DVRPC (3 CM Credits, Including Law)

Public/Private Partnerships: A Professional Development Program

Click here for the brochure and to register.

3 AICP CM Credits* including 1.5 LAW

Join Sean Garrigan and Matt Ward to cover P3 essentials:

  • Application
  • Funding Mechanisms
  • Legal Structure
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Financing Terms

Sponsored by the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association and the PA Local Government Training Partnership

Public/Private Partnerships (P3s) are increasingly becoming a tool that local governments, quasi-public entities and government agencies are using to achieve necessary and desirable community investments. They are especially effective for communities facing major re-investments as a result of a changing economy, closure of a major employment center, loss of retail anchors or shifts in tax bases. At any one of four locations statewide, join a planner and lawyer experienced with P3s to understand how your community could benefit from these innovative, yet complex, partnerships.

With the passage of the Act 88 in 2012, Pennsylvania became one of a growing number of states to legislate the ability to utilize P3s for investments in transportation infrastructure, and as a result the concept has received significant press. Aside from transportation projects, similar opportunities exist for municipalities to utilize P3 to implement infrastructure investments from park improvements to stormwater management improvements, mostly notably when tied to targeted private sector economic development projects such as downtown reinvestments, blight removal, brownfields redevelopment, institutional expansions and major anchor attractions.


Local governments often lack the resources to undertake P3s on their own. This lack of specialized knowledge is compounded by the potential that elected officials and constituents groups may be adverse to the potential risks of such partnerships, given the overall capital dollars at-play, potential guarantees that local governments may be committing to, and the ability to ensure that the private sector performs to the terms of an agreement. Part of undertaking a P3 should include an educational and public process that fully explains to the public the benefits and potential risks of such partnerships, and carefully calculates the specific project risk to benefits.


There are numerous examples of P3s that have been successfully implemented or are underway in the Commonwealth and this session will present case studies to illustrate a broad set of P3 applications, funding mechanisms, legal structures, partnership agreements and financing terms. Examples of communities of varying sizes and geographic distribution across Pennsylvania will be presented. These examples are relevant to communities in the earliest stages of community planning to those that are at the verge of contemplating a potential P3 deal.


As part of the planning session, each participant will receive a P3 binder which provides a step-by-step description of the process, including enabling legislation, legal structures, process, deal modelling, implementation, and performance monitoring.


* AICP CM credits are pending approval


Four Trainings Statewide!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

9:00 am – 12:15 pm (Registration at 8:30 am)

Marshall Township

525 Pleasant Hill Road Ste 100
Wexford, PA 15090

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

1:00 – 4:15 pm (Registration at 12:30pm)

Borough of State College

Municipal Building, All Purpose Room
243 South Allen Street

State College, PA 16801

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

8:45 am-12:00 pm (Registration at 8:15 am)

Giant Food Superstore Community Room

3301 Trindle Rd (2nd Floor)
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

1:30 pm-4:45 pm (Registration at 1:00 pm)


190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106    

FEE $30.00 per person


REGISTER ONLINE! Visit https://www.regonline.com/P3-PA-APA


Made Possible With Funding From PA Local Government Training Partnership

This program is presented in cooperation with the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services with funds from the annual appropriation from the General Assembly to the Department of Community and Economic Development. Trainees are admitted without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, national origin or disability.





Sean C. Garrigan, AICP, RLA ASLA

Sean is a professional planner with 20+ years of experience focused on the planning, design and construction of urban revitalization projects, with a special emphasis on brownfields redevelopment. He has extensive experience managing major U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects including providing direct technical support to the EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. He is currently providing redevelopment technical support to 16 communities nation-wide on the implementation the EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Plans, which focus on the reinvestment in major public infrastructure and private real estate development.   His expertise ranges from determining the physical and market potential of real estate projects, including urban and downtown revitalization, to establishing the required infrastructure investments needed to attract private capital. His work includes aiding in the formation of legal structures and special tax incentive and financing districts required to collectively achieve public/private partnerships that are often needed to kick-start major redevelopment projects. His works experience ranges from projects in major metropolitan contexts including the Cities of New York and Philadelphia, to the some of the poorest rural communities in the United States.


He received his B.S. in Environmental Design from Delaware Valley College and his Masters in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a post-graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Architectural Conservation from the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, located in Rome, Italy; an Educational Affiliate of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Society of Landscape Architects.


Matthew W. Ward

As the CEO of Sustainable Strategies DC and an environmental lawyer with the Ward Washington Law Firm, Matt Ward provides localities, green technology companies, and non-profit organizations with government affairs, strategic consulting, and legal services to support community revitalization and success in the green economy. His focus areas include community and economic development, brownfields revitalization and smart growth, public works and infrastructure, transportation, water resources, clean energy, green technology, clean air, and advanced manufacturing projects. For more than 20 years, Mr. Ward has helped clients create strategies for federal and state advocacy, build partnerships with government and the private sector, obtain funding and other resources, overcome legal and regulatory challenges, and shape laws and policy on environmental and sustainability issues. He combines lobbying, legal, regulatory, and strategic counsel for efforts before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state government, and other public bodies. Mr. Ward serves as policy director and counsel for several groups including Climate Communities (www.ClimateCommunities.us) and the Manufacturers Alliance of Communities (www.Manufacturing Alliance.us).


Before launching Sustainable Strategies DC, Mr. Ward was a partner and leader of the Sustainable Communities practice at The Ferguson Group, a leading advocacy firm for local governments (2005-2011). Before that, he was a partner at the DC law firm Spiegel & McDiarmid, where he provided legal and lobbying advocacy to communities for more than a decade (1994-2005). He has served as counsel and policy director to a number of national associations and coalitions including: the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, the National Association of Towns and Townships, the American Waterfront Revitalization Coalition, and the National Brownfields Coalition. He served on a federal advisory committee convened by the Environmental Protection Agency to create the rules for the national brownfield program. In addition, as an elected Councilman for the City of Charles Town, West Virginia for several years, Matt Ward led his community in undertaking urban revitalization, brownfields, business development, and smart growth practices – helping him learn the skills he needs to represent local communities across the nation.

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