The District of Columbia, like many other states and cities, has a backlog of aging infrastructure – education, housing, utility, and transportation - all badly in need of upgrades and replacement. And like many other states, we have a real gap between the costs of these improvements and available resources to fund and finance them.
To help address these challenges, the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) is charged with building collaborations between the private sector and District government to complete major infrastructure projects and other programs through long-term, performance-based procurements commonly referred to as public-private partnerships, or P3s. The office was established by the Public-Private Partnership Act of 2014 [PDF] to expand the utilization of P3s in the District by streamlining the procurement process and serving as an in-house consultant and liaison between District agencies and private sector partners. OP3's mission is to deliver infrastructure and other government services sought by District residents with the best value-for-money while also expanding economic opportunities for the District.
OP3 was launched in November 2015 and is working toward the initial objectives of crafting guidelines for P3 procurement and engaging stakeholders as it develops its pipeline of projects. For more information about OP3, please visit their website at http://op3.dc.gov/ or email [email protected].