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 has developed a pipeline of projects that it intends to develop through competitive, fair and transparent procurements. For more information about OP3, please visit their website at http://op3.dc.gov/ or email [email protected].