On May 5, 2015, Reason Foundation presented its inaugural Savas Award for Public-Private Partnerships to Purdue University President and former two-term Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels at an event in New York City sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation.
The annual Savas Award for Public-Private Partnerships-named for City University of New York Presidential Professor and privatization research pioneer E.S. “Steve” Savas-recognizes an individual or organization whose actions improved the cost-effective provision of public services through partnerships with private organizations.
During his gubernatorial tenure, his administration implemented several major statewide public-private partnerships, including a long-term lease of the Indiana Toll Road, a major welfare eligibility modernization initiative, and a private management agreement for the Hoosier Lottery. After a series of reforms-which included the passage of a right-to-work law-Indiana’s business climate is now rated among the nation’s best.
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