Public-Private Partnerships

When levees failed during Hurricane Katrina, and government resources were strained, public-private partnerships offered an effective and efficient approach to solving the problem. For years in Pennsylvania, private sector participation has aided in developing the state's infrastructure and helped to sustain local law enforcement, schools, and highway systems.

The current budget crunch affecting state and local municipalities will give rise to additional opportunities for private businesses. Leveraging those opportunities requires a level of understanding of both government and private sector operations.

In May 2012, McNees attorneys prepared comprehensive materials summarizing the legal, legislating and pragmatic issues related to privatizing a major water and sewer system.

The McNees P3 (Public-Private Partnerships) Practice is comprised of experienced professionals from different disciplines including:

  • Public tax and financing initiatives for green technology (biofuels, wind energy)
  • Prepared urban redevelopment agreements between public development entities and private developers of regional, commercial and industrial projects
  • Resource sharing (barter) arrangements providing “cashless” access to public infrastructure
  • Formation and operation of publicly-funded, privately-managed nonprofit organizations;
  • Privatization of publicly-owned assets
  • Formation and operation of quasi-public (jointly managed by governmental and private interests) entities

McNees attorneys have long-established relationships with public-sector partners and we understand the need to protect private interests. Clients benefit from the group’s knowledge and experience to help negotiate the dynamics that steer each project. McNees clients have access to legal counsel with necessary depth of experience and proficiency that clients rely on to assist their businesses in getting started with new projects.


The Vista School: Successful public-private partnership receives national recognition. (PDF) SPECTRUM recognizes The Vista School as one of the best and most respected school settings for children with autism.