As the role of government has evolved, the number of public-private partnerships is on the rise.
Governments partner with the private sector to:
- build transit systems, roads, and public facilities
- develop cultural centers
- attract new college and university campuses
- make health care more readily available to residents
- start new programs to decrease energy use
- mentor students and sponsor school programs
- purchase a significant amount of materials, supplies, and services for the government itself
Partnerships enable the private sector to have a positive impact on their communities and work with local governments on common goals:
- Under the leadership of Casa Grande, AZ, Deputy City Manager Larry Rains, a 59,000-square foot sports facility that was the result of a public-private partnership, was built in record time.
- In Beloit, WI, the city partnered with a private developer to transform historic but rundown housing into affordable housing for the twenty-first century.
- Evans, CO, couldn’t afford enough balls for all the kids in its youth recreation programs, so the volunteer coaches often ended up buying them with their own money. Thanks to a partnership with the local businesses spearheaded by Manager Aden Hogan, there are now balls for all.