Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Relationships between the public and private sectors in the provision of infrastructure projects and other services are evolving and becoming more fluid. A popular term of art to describe these evolving relationships is a P3 or a public-private partnership. This presentation will provide an overview of the types of available relationship structures to accomplish economic development and other projects. The private sector is participating in phases of projects not traditionally undertaken by the private sector. With the right risk allocation, these alternative relationship structures can bring about projects that would not otherwise move forward. The presentation will provide real life examples both outside and inside the State of Maine. In order to realize the full potential of these alternative structures in Maine, we need to (1) assess and address any legal obstacles, (2) build up the necessary and applicable professional services undertake workforce development, and (3) properly prioritize and attend to stakeholder education and management associated with alternative project delivery structures.
Join MEREDA on September 8th at the Clarion Hotel in Portland as this presentation explores Public Private Partnerships (P3s) and other forms of alternative financing, and how Maine could use these tools more effectively in order to improve and maintain our important public infrastructure.
Meet our Presenters:
Shana Cook Mueller, Esq., Shareholder, Bernstein Shur
With expertise across municipal law, development, and public finance, Shana has spent that last decade helping municipalities make the most of scarce resources and working with private clients to turn development plans into a reality. Holding a master’s in public administration with a focus on finance, Shana brings insight on the public entity’s perspective to every project—and regularly conducts projections to demonstrate the property tax implications of new development projects. Shana was instrumental in creating Maine’s first-ever transit-oriented tax increment financing (TIF) district and has one of the most active TIF practices in Maine. She also serves as bond counsel on matters such as tax-exempt leases, Maine Municipal Bond Bank issues, public and negotiated sales and post issuance compliance. She also works on property tax matters, zoning issues, and amending ordinances. In her former life, Shana was a public policy researcher and analyst at an economics and management consulting firm in Boston. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Masters Degree in Public Administration and Law Degree from the University of Connecticut.
Steve Hinchman, Esq., Director of Financing at ReVision Energy
Steve has more than forty years of legal and public policy experience, including 8 years of environmental reporting with Colorado’s High Country News, a tenure with the Southwestern Colorado Resource Advisory Council, six years with the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and General Counsel of GridSolar, LLC. A 2003 Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Hinchman is admitted to the bar in Maine, the U.S. District Court of Maine, and the First and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has participated in cases before the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hinchman has also practiced before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Regulatory Commission, the Maine Ethics Commission, and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Utilities. At ReVision Energy, Steve Hinchman utilizes his legal experience to secure financing solutions for solar energy projects throughout the Northeast.
Stephen Jones, Partner, Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital
Stephen Jones is a Partner in Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital, and former Director of Investments at Odebrecht Construction USA Inc. Stephen's demonstrated track record in infrastructure and development project finance and investment spans 5 continents in 22 years with major financial institutions. His clients have included the top engineering, construction, concession, development, utility and institutional investors in the world.