Mayor Teresa Tomlinson invited to speak at annual conference in Dallas

(WTVM) - Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will be one of the featured speakers at the Annual Publics-Private Partnership Conference (P3C) in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 24-25, 2014.

P3C is one of the largest gatherings of economic development professionals in the world. The two-day conference is convened to discuss cutting edge programming covering a wide spectrum of Public-Private Partnership topics and partnership opportunities.

The conference brings together public leaders and development professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry active in the P3 community.

Mayor Tomlinson is the only Mayor slated to address the P3 industry representatives.

"This is an incredible opportunity for the city," says Mayor Tomlinson. "We plan to highlight some of our impressive public-private collaborations, including our RiverCenter, our RiverWalk, our Fort Benning gateway and our Whitewater Course, to name a few. Then, we will pitch those opportunities coming down the pike to include the City Village and South Columbus revitalization efforts and our High-Speed Passenger Rail feasibility study. We intend to blow them away with the great things we have done and the great opportunities in-store for this community. I am willing to bet that we will get the attention of a number of potential investors. I intend to leave them with the fact that in Columbus, Georgia we do big things."

P3C has become a major platform for raising awareness, exchanging knowledge, and promoting significant upcoming development and procurement opportunities. More than 30 municipalities and authorities from across the country will take the stage to announce, unveil, and discuss major capital projects. The nation's top developers, builders, architects, financiers, and consultants will also be in attendance to address fresh innovations for accelerating public-private partnerships.

"This opportunity came about as a result of an investor/consultant that came to Columbus and was impressed with what we have done and what we are planning to do," stated Peter Bowden, CEO of the Columbus Convention and Visitor Bureau. "He believed we had a story to share, and we believe so, too."

"Most cities have their own way of getting things done," said Mike Gaymon, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. "In Columbus, Georgia our public- private partnership approach has proven to be our best tool."

The P3C is presented by The Public-Private Partnership Alliance (P3A). P3A is dedicated to moving public-private partnerships forward by partnering governments with private sector expertise and investment, broadening networks for cities and municipalities, and promoting best practices. P3A creates industry events designed to promote investment tools and approaches that assist governments in transforming neighborhoods into economically vibrant and sustainable communities.

"There is a large and growing appetite for P3 projects across the country. P3 projects are important vehicles for public agencies to bring essential real estate projects to fruition," said Eric Iravani, executive director for P3A. "Our event is designed to inaugurate relationships through uniquely topical networking events, and provide attendees with valuable insights into prospective public private partnership possibilities across the country."

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