Over 200 People Attended the 13th
Annual Conference of the
National Council of Public-Private Partnerships...this year called
"Turning Up the Volume by Making Deals Work"
|David Seader, incoming NCPPP President, addresses audiance after presenting awards to communities that have performed expecially well in embracing the private sector to accomplish their infrastructure goals.|
|Eugene Schiller of Southwest Florida Water Management District, Peter Hoffman, Stone & Webster Engineering Corp., and Walter Winrow of Poseidon Resources listen to Russ Bowman of Tampa Bay Water discuss the issues of the filtration project in Tampa that will provide water to Pinellas County at a price of under $2.00 per thousand gallons, almost comparable to ground water pumping and treatment costs.|
|Peggy McDonald, Director of the NCPPP and Janet Corcoran of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company entertain Jim Abromitis of Trigen - Cinergy Solutions at the networking reception of the conference.|
|In a novel approach to teaching the group dynamics of public-private partnering, AFSCME representative, Dennis Houlihan (not pictured), Debbie Photiadis, Maryland Council on Management & Productivity and Acting Exec. Director of NCPPP (not pictured) and Tom Sisson, OMI, sits next to Kathy Stone of ECO Resources. To Ms. Stone's right is industry leader, Eric Petersen of Bond Council firm Hawkins Delafield and Wood. To Mr. Petersen's left is Russ Hoffman of Tampa Bay Water, Richard Johnson of US Filter (now, Vivendi) and on the extreme right, David Mackensie of Earth Tech.||
Panel members were given roles to play including union leader, outraged citizen, industry representative, anxious public works employee and various other stakeholders. The audience responded with enthusiastic opinions of their own. "Hidden" behind the mask of pretend citizen, the audience asked questions, and made statements, not typically aired in large, public conferences.