P3KY.com is sponsoring a panel discussion about public-private partnerships on Friday, April 21. It will include discussion of Kentucky’s recent changes in legislation governing P3s and how local leaders might be able to use this tool to move forward long-awaited projects in their communities.
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With the steady loss of coal jobs over the years, leaders in Eastern Kentucky are striving to build the workforce of tomorrow to bring good-paying jobs to the region. SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) is a bipartisan effort, launched in 2013 with a mission to create jobs and growth opportunities, as well as improve the quality of life in the 54-county region.
Known as DPAC, the 2,700-seat Durham Performing Art Center opened in 2008. More than 200 events are held there annually, from Broadway productions to concerts to the American Dance Festival. Its presence has fostered economic development and helped revitalize downtown Durham.
From smart phones to programmable thermostats to digital assistants like Amazon’s Echo, individuals embrace technology that helps them run their homes and lives more efficiently. Local governments are beginning to do the same with smart-city initiatives, using technology to integrate management of traffic flow, public transit, utilities, government buildings and more.
The newly launched Statewide Emergency Repair Program aims to help homeowners who live in unsafe or unhealthy dwellings, but who can’t afford the costly repairs.
The Solar Foundation recently ranked Virginia second in the Southeast and tied at ninth with Utah for job growth in the solar sector. The commonwealth’s secretary of commerce and trade credits public-private partnerships for the economic growth. A P3 made up of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dominion Energy Inc. and Microsoft is responsible for a 20-megawatt facility.