P3s might be answer to federal parks’ budget woes

Like a lot of U.S. infrastructure, America’s national parks are falling behind on maintenance and improvement – to the tune of an $11.3 billion backlog. Yet, President Trump has proposed cutting $322 million from the National Park Service’s $3 billion budget – at a time when park users are seeking more amenities like wi-fi service. Enter public-private partnerships.

Public Finance Group Plans Kentucky Event With KLC

The Council of Development Finance Agencies has announced the Kentucky League of Cities as an official partner of the Kentucky Financing Roundtable and plans for the 2017 Kentucky Financing Roundtable Conference.

DOT Grant Program Tweaked to Emphasize P3s

The U.S. Department of Transportation has changed criteria for an infrastructure grant program to reflect the Trump administration’s desired to use more public-private partnerships.

P3s and Bike-Share Programs: The Gears Are Turning

The U.S. Department of Defense has been encouraged to explore a public-private partnership to implement to a bike-share program on military bases. And companies like Ford Motor Co. also are implementing programs.

Business, Educators Joining Forces to Close Skills Gap

An educational advocacy group and Maine’s State Chamber of Commerce have outlined strategies aimed at doubling the number of students attending vocational high schools, also known as career and technical education.

P3 Proves Nimble in Economic Development

A public-private partnership’s flexibility allows it to do more for economic development, the CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina told a county economic development group.

Pa. Pedestrian Bridge Seen as Boon for Economy

Pennsylvania took another step this spring toward completing the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DLNHC), a 165-mile trail between Bristol and Wilkes-Barre.

Kentucky Tourism Cabinet Seeks P3 Partner for Horse Park

Kentucky has moved forward with efforts to create a public-private partnership to manage food services and retail operations at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

GLI Welcomes Transportation Sec. Chao Next Month

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will speak in Kentucky on July 14, providing an update on transportation issues – particularly as they relate to the business community in Greater Louisville.

Illinois Town Has the Dirt on P3s

An Illinois town is using a public-private partnership to convert a closed landfill into a $3.88 million cross-country course.