Virginia P3: How Proposals Are Identified and Screened for PPP Development

Virginia began its experience with Public-Private Partnerships by passing the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) of 1995, which provided the legal framework for PPPs in the transportation sector. In 2002, the Virginia legislature passed the Public-Private Educational Facilities & Infrastructure Act (PPEA) to expand the possibility of PPP procurement outside the transportation sector. The Commonwealth has had a dedicated PPP organization within the state government since 2005, the current form of which is the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3). Virginia’s approach to PPP was codified in the publication of its PPTA Implementation Manuel and Guidelines in 2005. Updates, tools, and supplemental material have been developed since then, and the PPEA Implementation Manual and Guidelines was released in 2015.

Virginia has successfully implemented major PPP projects over the past decade, including a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain contract for the Capital Beltway Express Lanes, the Downtown/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Boulevard Extension in Hampton Roads, and the Interstate 95 express lanes in 2012. Currently, VAP3 is finalizing a contract for the Interstate 66 Outside the Beltway project.

Virginia’s PPP selection process occurs in three phases: Project Identification, Project Screening, and Project Development. Solicited projects and unsolicited proposals are entertained during Project Identification. Project Screening is a two-part, high-level analysis: High-Level Screening/Policy Review and Detail-Level Screening. If proposals continue to Project Development, they will be subjected to value-for-money and risk analysis.

This webinar will seek to expand upon Virginia’s PPP selection process, especially in identification and screening. The webinar will also discuss how Virginia’s experience works within the U.S. federal, state, and local infrastructure, and how applicable this experience can be for developing economies.

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Morteza Farajian

Morteza Farajian serves as a Program Manager in the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3), where he is responsible for leading the development and procurement of multimodal PPP projects and providing input on financial guidance documents. He is currently working on the development of the Transform 66 project, reached financial close on the U.S. Route 460 Corridor Improvement projects as the procurement lead, and serves as the procurement advisor on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel’s Thimble Shoal Tunnel project.

In 2015, Morteza received his PhD at the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from American University of Sharjah. He also currently serves as a board member on the Transportation Research Board’s Revenue and Finance Committee.

Morteza has a diverse background in engineering, finance, project management, and business development; he has more than 10 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad.

Patrick DeCorla-Souza

Patrick DeCorla-Souza is a Program Manager for Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Innovative Program Delivery. In this capacity, he oversees research on PPPs and provides training and technical assistance to state and local governments. Over his 29-year career at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Patrick has led research and developed innovations in PPPs, road pricing, multimodal transportation evaluation, travel demand and air quality analysis, and public involvement. Patrick is a former co-chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board’s Congestion Pricing Committee.

Prior to his career at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Patrick served as a transportation planner at the consulting firm of Barr Dunlop and Associates in Florida, and at the Toledo (Ohio) Metropolitan Council of Governments, which is the metropolitan planning organization for the Toledo area. Patrick has master’s degrees in Transportation Planning from Florida State University and Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo.

Rob Richards

Rob Richards is a PPP & Infrastructure Consultant for the World Bank Group’s PPP Cross-Cutting Solution Area (CCSA). Currently he is collaborating on the development of a PPP screening tool to facilitate governments in better identifying potential PPP projects. Rob has reviewed more than 20 PPP unit identification and screening tools and methodologies. He is leading a webinar series on the same subject matter. He also works with the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility on database improvement/management, and has worked on the PPP CCSA comments team, Private Participation in Infrastructure Database, and an internal PPP tagging exercise.

Rob has a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Florida and an MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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Submitted 7:33 am, December 15, 2016

In Serbia is adopted the Law on Public-Private Partnership and Concessions, which is the legal system of the Republic of Serbia introduced the concept of public-private partnerships and enabled the government, the autonomous province and local self-government to decide on initiating the procedure for the realization of a public-private partnership. Public-private partnership is a long-term cooperation between public and private partners to ensure funding, construction, reconstruction, management or maintenance of infrastructure and other public facilities, and the provision of services of public interest, which may be contractual or institutional. In order to provide expert assistance in the implementation of public-private partnerships and concessions, as well as interdepartmental public body operationally independent in its work, the Government has formed the Committee for Public Private Partnership.

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