E. J. Ourso College of Business, Urban Land Institute to hold Symposium on Public Private Partnerships

Symposium speakers include Jim Richardson, LSU economist and professor in the Public Administration Institute.

Symposium speakers include Jim Richardson, LSU economist and professor in the Public 
Administration Institute.

December 21, 2017

BATON ROUGE – Registration is open for P3s: The Ins and Outs of Public Private Partnerships, a symposium to be held from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Business Education Complex on the LSU campus. This seminar is sponsored by the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and the Urban Land Institute – Louisiana District Council.

Through a session covering the basics of public-private partnerships and three panel discussions, attendees who are unfamiliar with P3s will gain knowledge that will aid in future business decisions. Those with public-private partnership experience will gain deeper insights into project complexity and delivery methods.

The symposium is designed for state and local government agencies, private sector developers and other stakeholders who wish to learn about the use of P3s in higher education, infrastructure and other projects of public good. The event will close with a networking reception.

Tom Pelnik, managing director at Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors LLC, will provide a keynote introduction to the symposium and participate in the panel discussions. Pelnik previously established and led Virginia DOT’s alternative project delivery office. He also served as a senior adviser on a major transportation P3 projects for Los Angeles Metro and has been advising on resiliency related P3s including a $2.5 billion project to protect Fargo, North Dakota from flooding.

The speakers and panelists for the symposium are:

  • Brian Andrews, symposium moderator and assistant director of the Real Estate Research Institute in the LSU Department of Finance and Urban Land Institute’s Louisiana District Council representative
  • John G. Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Christopher Ferrari, principal at CSRS Inc. and development advisor
  • Taylor Gravois, principal at CSRS Inc. and economic development practice lead
  • Donovan Hicks, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Provident Resources Group
  • Charles Landry, Fishman Haygood partner specializing in real estate development, real estate finance, land-use and zoning 
  • Tony Lombardo, associate vice president for facility and property oversight at LSU
  • Jimmy Maurin, chairman of LSU Real Estate Facilities Foundation and chairman of Stirling Properties
  • Jim Richardson, LSU economist, professor in the LSU Public Administration Institute and member of the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference
  • Richard D. White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College

“We are thankful to our partners at the Urban Land Institute – Louisiana District Council and to our outstanding speakers,” said Brian Andrews, symposium moderator. “This event is part of the Department of Finance’s efforts to foster economic development and build corporate partnerships through outreach and education. It is just one way that the E. J. Ourso College of Business serves Louisiana’s business community.”

The registration fee ranges from $10-$35 per person. Visit louisiana.uli.org/events for pricing details, symposium agenda and online registration.

For any questions about the registration process, please contact ULI at 843-810-8808 or katye.fayard@uli.org.


About the Department of Finance

The Department of Finance offers high-quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab utilizes the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial databases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit  our home page or call 225-578-6291.


About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, ULI has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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Katye Fayard



Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business