Type of Degree
Virtual and On-Campus
2 days and 5 days
- September 14-18, 2020 (virtual delivery)
- February 25-26, 2021
Regular Tuition: $1,995
Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.
Governments are finding their backs up against the fiscal wall as they struggle to fund services and rebuild infrastructure in a time of stagnant or declining revenue. Where will they turn? New taxes and more public debt are politically are unpopular and/or economically non-feasible. To deliver services, to spur economic growth and to lower expenses without resorting to austerity measures, governments are increasing engaging the private sector through public-private partnerships (PPPs). PPPs allow the public sector to benefit from commercial entrepreneurship, innovation and efficiencies obtained through the integration of private sector investors and operators who deliver their own capital and expertise. Designed for public officials as well as private sector professionals, this course combines theory and practice in each session to convey the conceptual foundations on choosing, designing and evaluating PPPs.
By the end of the class, students will be able to:
- Understand and use the concepts, methods and applications of public-private partnerships in a variety of sectors;
- Understand how to balance project bankability and affordability;
- Identify and analyze the public policy aspects of public-private partnerships; and
- Use the knowledge and skills gained in the course to pursue and implement PPPs as part of a private or public sector organization.
This program is open to those who are interested in participating in public-private partnerships from either a public or private perspective. An undergraduate degree and three or more years of work experience is recommended as the course will be highly interactive. Current or previous work experience in public-private partnerships is not required. In addition to public sector officials, professionals in the field of finance, engineering, construction, law, operations and maintenance, along with senior consultants, investors and journalists will benefit the most from this program.
Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment
The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Business Acumen; Building Coalitions; Results-Driven.
John Buttarazzi is a public policy and public-private partnership (P3) professional with more than 25 years of experience. John has managed more than $3 billion in P3 projects, including the first commercial airport public-private partnership in the United States (Stewart International Airport). He recently worked on P3 pre-feasibility studies for a new marine fuel terminal in Zanzibar and airport terminal operations for the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. John served as Senior Vice President of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), New York State’s economic development arm. There he simultaneously managed the Public-Private Partnership, International, and Business Development divisions. In that capacity he oversaw the operations of more than 20 foreign and domestic offices as well as the ESDC economic development financing section. In addition to the United States, John has worked in Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. John Buttarazzi received his Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with a concentration in Development and his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University where he majored in Mathematics with significant course work in Economics and History. John is a former David Rockefeller Fellow. In addition to teaching at the McCourt School, John is a Visiting Lecturer with the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships and is on the Board of Advisors for Mobilized Construction, which is developing community-based road maintenance programs in Africa.
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