APRIL 29-30, BATON ROUGE, LA: In response to a request from Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary, Dr. Shawn Wilson, AIAI gathered a team of industry leaders and headed to Louisiana for a series of meetings and workshops.
Steve DeWitt, from AIAI Board member company ACS Infrastructure facilitated the discussions and was joined by representatives from Acciona, Fluor, John Laing, Kiewit, and WSP. The team met with state legislators at the Governor’s Office to share best practices and discuss the opportunities P3 affords. Currently working on the Belle Chasse bridge and tunnel replacement project, Louisiana is looking to procure two additional bridges, in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.
The conversation focused on preparedness, and how to get ready to procure projects to ensure program success. Public sector attendees told AIAI that they left these meeting with a better understanding of the possibilities available to them and the importance of ensuring appropriate processes and due diligence as they move forward with these needed projects. The door is open to further conversation and greater support for the plan set-forth by Secretary Wilson to seek innovative solutions.
AIAI will continue to assist and support the group’s effort to move the programs along to successful procurement.