Park School of Business Presents Symposium on Public-Private Partnerships

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A symposium presented by Park University School of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 4, will focus on public-private partnerships and feature a keynote address by Richard Norment, executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP).

Our Symposium on Public-Private Partnerships is an ideal opportunity to listen to, interact and network with your peers about the state of 3P projects

A symposium presented by Park University School of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 4, will focus on public-private partnerships and feature a keynote address by Richard Norment, executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP).

The Park University School of Business Symposium on Public-Private Partnerships (3Ps) is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Helzberg Auditorium at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library’s Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.. The event brings together major stakeholders in finance, public policy, economic development and real estate development for a discussion about 3P projects in the 21st century, success stories and challenges of 3Ps, and the new realities of 3Ps financing in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2008-09.

“Our Symposium on Public-Private Partnerships is an ideal opportunity to listen to, interact and network with your peers about the state of 3P projects,” said Alphonso O. Ogbuehi, D.B.A., dean of the School of Business at Park. “Our panelists are national and regional experts on the subject as well as distinguished elected officials with intimate experiences of public-private partnership ventures.”

The Washington, D.C.-based NCPPP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1985, boasts a growing list of public and private sector members, and serves as a forum for “the brightest ideas and innovators” in the partnership arena. At the symposium, Norment will provide relevant national trends with an emphasis on regional development. Also a keynote speaker, former Omaha, Neb., Mayor Mike Fahey will share information on how public and private partnerships played an integral role in the development success in Omaha.

The symposium will include discussion about ways governments can benefit from private-sector financing for new infrastructure or improvements for existing, outmoded structures, and how private investors are confronted with a variety of questions when deciding on the best way to structure and finance public-private partnerships.

In addition to the Park School of Business, the event’s corporate sponsor is Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, and participating sponsors include Park University’s Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, Kansas City Public Library, Downtown Council of Kansas City, the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Kansas City Power and Light District, and Mid-America Regional Council. The Symposium Steering Committee includes representatives from each of these organizations, including Kay Barnes, former Kansas City Mo., mayor and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership.

“I believe public-private partnerships can play a vital role in every city and community,” Barnes said. “When done right they can be win-win deals for all stakeholders. So I think it’s imperative that we continue to discuss ‘best practices’ as we work together to create successful partnerships."

The cost of the symposium is $40 in advance, $50 at the door and $25 for students. Register before Nov. 4 for discount. Registration fee includes symposium materials, breakfast, lunch and complimentary parking. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Professional Development in Public-Private Partnership from Park University. To make reservations for the event, visit http://www.park.edu/3p.

For more information about the symposium for a story, contact Ogbuehi at the School of Business at (816) 584-6308 or alphonso.ogbuehi (at) park (dot) edu.

Established in 1875, Park University is a national leader in higher education and is distinguished by its innovative adult-degree completion programs. The University has 24,157 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 43 campuses located in 21 states and Online.

For more information, please contact Rita Weighill, vice president for communication, at (816) 584-6211 or rita.weighill (at) park (dot) edu.

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