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The Long and Winding Road to Smart City Public Private Partnerships

September 15, 2016, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Opening Session video presentation by Andrew Curtis Right.

The panel of experts, in chronological order:

1. http://www.smartresilient.com/videos/src-p3-panel-1-effective-communication-strategies/5194242768001
2. http://www.smartresilient.com/videos/src-p3-panel-1-pitfalls-and-procrement/5194314788001
3. http://www.smartresilient.com/videos/src-p3-panel-1-managing-policy-and-tech-trends/5194298632001
4. http://www.smartresilient.com/videos/src-p3-panel-1-protecting-public-interest-and-creating-value/5194318504001
5. http://www.smartresilient.com/videos/src-p3-panel-1-attracting-private-attention/5194298662001
6. http://www.smartresilient.com/videos/src-p3-panel-1-bringing-everything-together-assessing-value/5194305250001

On September 15th, from 1-6 pm EDT, Meeting of the Minds and Smart & Resilient Cities hosted a program at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in Washington, DC on the topic of Public Private Partnerships for Transportation.


Hosted by Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Urban and Regional Planning program and Professor Uwe Brandes, the half-day, two-panel program will utilize the rich resources of Scranton Gillette Communications and Meeting of the Minds to explore the position of Public Private Partnerships for Transportation (P3s) in the modern infrastructure portfolio and conclude with a networking reception.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will deliver opening remarks to the gathered attendees. The first panel will follow, presenting the case of a successful P3s transportation project and the work that was needed to reap the economic and sustainability benefits. Panelists represent all aspects of the project, from ownership to financing, and will take attendees from the project’s concept and planning to its implementation.

Using case studies from across the country, the second panel will identify smart P3 strategies to employ and the pitfalls to avoid. The panelists will discuss the inherent risks and the lack of a universal method to starting a P3s, and how to experience a lucrative P3s project by learning what definitively has and has not worked.

Invited attendees will include city officials and VIPs across sectors who shape policies and are seeking the latest solutions related to Public-Private Partnerships in the transportation sector.


Andrew Curtis Right is Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director of the Build America Transportation Investment Center. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mr. Right was the founder and Managing Partner of Cherry Lane Capital.  Cherry Lane Capital is a holding company, opportunistic in terms of sectors, funded with long-term, permanent capital.  The company is focused on making control/significant governance investments in operating businesses as a partner with founding families and owner-entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Cherry Lane, Mr. Right was a Vice President in the Infrastructure Investment Group, within the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York.

Mary Scott Nabers - HiRes HeadshotMary Scott Nabers is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), a unique public affairs firm that specializes in procurement consulting, market research, government affairs and public-private partnerships (P3s). Mary is also co-founder of the Gemini Global Group (G3), a firm that works with national and international clients on business development, P3s and other types of government objectives. A recognized expert regarding P3s, Mary is the author of Collaboration Nation – How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government. Her book explores this growing trend and describes a number of best practices for successful projects as well as the importance for both parties to respect the cultural differences of the other. Because of her experience in both the public and private sectors and her recent book, Mary was invited to participate in a Clinton Global Initiative — a task force called Infrastructure Financing for Cities. She is active on the professional speaking circuit and keynotes both business conferences and conferences for government executives. Her articles have been published by media outlets including Forbes, CNBC.com, CEO-Read and Change This. Mary is a regular contributor to business journals and industry publications.

Todd Herberghs_imageTodd Herberghs is executive director for the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the oldest and only non-profit focused solely on P3s in the United States. He oversees all of NCPPP’s operations, including events, membership, sponsorship, federal and state outreach, publications and finance. He is also responsible for expanding the visibility of P3s and developing partnerships between NCPPP and other organizations. Before joining NCPPP he was the COO of the Association of Defense Communities, the nation’s premier membership association serving the needs of America’s defense communities. While at ADC, he oversaw all aspects of the association and led the development of new conferences, events and member services. Prior to the Association of Defense Communities, he worked at the International Economic Development Council and the National Governors Association. He received his JD and B.A. from the University of Florida.

Seth-Miller-GabrielSeth Miller Gabriel. As Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships, Seth leads the Office’s mission to build collaboration between the private sector and District government to complete major infrastructure projects and other programs through long-term, performance-based procurements commonly referred to as public-private partnerships, or P3s. Seth W. Miller Gabriel comes to the District from the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, a Tetra Tech Company. He is a recognized expert in the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) field where for nearly a decade; he has provided both public and private sector leaders with insight and analysis of the growing P3 market. Seth has also assisted national and international private sector firms entering the Public-Private Partnerships market as an independent consultant. Prior to undertaking independent consulting, Seth was the Deputy Executive Director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), the only non-profit organization in the United States focused solely on the increasing utilization of the partnership model. Previously, Seth was a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure and Project Group, a leading ‘Big Four’ Public-Private Partnerships consulting team. Seth holds a bachelor’s from Washington College and a Masters from George Washington University.

feller_gordon21Gordon Feller is the Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds, a global thought leadership network and knowledge sharing platform focused on the future of sustainable cities, innovation and technology. From 2010- 2016, Feller was the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley where he served in an executive capacity within the company’s programs focused on cities. He now serves a consultant to Cisco focused on Internet of Things and Talent. Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was the CEO of Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit research and training organization, which began inside the World Bank and spun off in 2001.

Frank_CutittaFrank Cutitta is the Editorial Director and Associate Publisher of Smart & Resilient Cities™ . He has been involved in global media, branding and information technology for over 30 years dating back to his work launching international media and data companies as Senior Vice President/International at International Data Group (IDG) .



September 15, 2016
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations.

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