The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) announced the winners of its 2008 awards last month. Their awards "recognize exemplary projects and service that illustrate the best practices and innovated approaches in the use of PPPs." Their press release noted that the number of nominations increased 50% this year, a hopeful sign that PPPs are growing nationwide, or at least, becoming more successful.
Reason also highlighted leaders in the privatization movement earlier this year with its Innovators In Action 2008 report, edited by Len Gilroy.
The 2008 NCPPP Award winners are:
Distinguished Leadership Award
Pete Rahn, Director, Missouri Department of Transportation and President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), for his promotion of PPPs in state governments and national associations.
Innovation Awards – in recognition of new approaches in the use of PPPs:
Cambridge Energy Alliance Initiative (Cambridge, MA), Clean Energy Solutions and Bostonia Partners LLC, for the Cambridge Energy Alliance, a city-wide energy efficiency and clean energy initiative
Tampa Bay Water and American Water for the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant for a potable water supply
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and Gilbane Development Company, for the Hancock Geriatric Treatment Center in Williamsburg, VA and the continuous operation of the facility during substantial reconfiguration.
Infrastructure Awards – in recognition of outstanding projects developed with the use of PPPs:
The Virginia Department of Corrections and Balfour Beatty Construction, for new facilities at the Green Rock and Pocahontas Correctional Centers
U.S. Army Enhanced Use Leasing Program, Chevron Energy Solutions and Keenan Development Associates, for the National Inter-Agency Biodefense Campus's high-quality and secure utilities project
Service Awards – in recognition for years of continuous and outstanding service through the use of PPPs:
City of Gresham, Oregon and Veolia Water North America, for a full life-cycle cost approach for a wastewater and co-generation facility
City of Indianapolis, Indiana and United Water, for 14 years of continuous service and a recent contract extension to 2017.
Presentation of the awards will be made on November 20 at the NCPPP Annual Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the Council's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN (Nov 20-21).