With massive redevelopments of Denver International Airport, Union Station and Colorado's busiest highways grabbing headlines in recent years, it might seem that public-private partnerships are a novelty in the state. But P3s in Colorado are both new and not, and the attorneys who work in these megaprojects have developed their own approaches to the evolving model.

It would make sense that Colorado is one of the more fertile areas for P3 legal practice—the model has its roots here. Constructed between 1989 and 1991, the E-470 toll way that travels around the eastern border of the Greater Denver Area is considered one of the first modern P3 projects in the United States.

The state carries a friendly reputation among national P3 legal practices. "I think Colorado is viewed in the industry as a very positive state (for P3s)," said Steve T. Park, who leads Ballard Spahr's P3/Infrastructure Group out of its Philadelphia office. Having worked on infrastructure and transportation projects in states including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Park said that to the extent that one jurisdiction is easier to work with than others in terms of its statutory landscape and public entities, Colorado rates well.

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