(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) hosted DC Builds!, a half-day forum that brought together public officials, potential partners, policy experts, and residents to discuss the state of the District’s infrastructure. The forum gave attendees the opportunity to meet the Office of Public-Private Partnerships and other key agencies; learn about the public-private partnership (P3) model and the procurement process; and discover what projects the District intends to procure as P3s.
“We cannot overstate the critical role that infrastructure plays in our lives each and every day,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The District is positioning itself to use public-private partnerships and other innovative solutions to more effectively build and maintain that infrastructure to create jobs, broaden prosperity, and serve residents and visitors alike.”
At the event, OP3 and District agencies released a pipeline of the initial projects that will be procured, and announced November 28 as the start of a 60-day period during which unsolicited proposals for infrastructure projects would be accepted. To learn more about the project pipeline visit op3.dc.gov/pipeline.
“We have identified key projects across all 8 wards of the District and every asset class that are strong candidates for the P3 approach,” said Seth Miller Gabriel, Director of OP3. “Delivering just half of these projects will make us the P3 capital of the United States and help a lot of people’s lives in the process.”
OP3 is charged with building collaborations between the private sector and District government to deliver major infrastructure projects and other public services though long-term, performance-based agreements. The Office was established by the Public-Private Partnership Act of 2014, which was authored by Mayor Bowser, and launched in November 2015. For more information, please visit op3.dc.gov.