In 2009, an economic stimulus act was signed allowing public-private partnerships (P3s) in higher education. Now P3s are in the spotlight again, with proposed changes where P3s would have no expiration date and would not be limited to higher education institutions. In August, P3s expanded into transportation and social infrastructure.

However, some are concerned about the details and expansion of P3 laws, arguing that the legislation is unorganized and inefficient.

With the broadening of P3s, Ballard Spahr Partner and P3 and Infrastructure Practice Leader Steve Park says, "It helps to have a dedicated office to really take advantage of P3s and the market. You certainly need someone who is fully dedicated to doing this kind of work."

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