By Ed Green
P3 Kentucky Editor
The idea of creating public-private partnerships in Kentucky remains a hot topic across the Commonwealth, and many leaders realize they can use this tool to serve long-term public needs. P3 Kentucky and members of our P3 Kentucky Roundtable continue to field questions about P3s and how they can be used to expand public infrastructure or services.
During the recent Governor’s Local Issues Conference, one county leader told me his county is intrigued by P3s, but has so many needs it can’t take the time to figure out how to start. And during a meeting this week of the Kentucky Chamber’s P3 Workgroup, Madison County Deputy Judge-Executive Colleen Chaney said she thinks more local leaders want to see a local success story before trying it themselves.
Chaney and Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor are early adopters of the model, leading the state’s first local P3 under the legislation passed last year in Kentucky. She told the chamber workgroup that the process is advancing, and their team has learned a lot along the way that might benefit other communities interested in P3s.