2011 Research Conference - Opening Session: P3s–Public-Private Partnerships? Or Peripatetic Pain in the Pants?


Keynote Speaker(s)

Adrian Moore, Vice President of Research, Reason Foundation


  • Senator Scott Dibble, Minnesota Legislature
  • Lee Munnich, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Jay Lindgren, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Brad Larsen, Minnesota Department of Transportation

As state governments struggle to meet growing transportation infrastructure needs, leveraging existing resources through the use of public-private partnerships (P3s or PPPs) has become increasingly attractive. PPPs are agreements that allow private companies to take on traditionally public roles in infrastructure projects while keeping the public sector accountable for a project and the overall service to the public.

Adrian Moore, vice president of research at Reason Foundation, discussed the role P3s might play in Minnesota's transportation future. He reviewed trends in transportation P3s and what drives them, examined the pros and cons of P3s, described current innovations and evolutions in P3s, and discussed how P3s are being used and what crucial elements help them succeed.

About the Speaker

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Adrian Moore is vice president of research at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Moore oversees all of Reason’s policy research; conducts his own research on transportation, government, and regulatory reform; and directs the Galvin Project to End Congestion.

Moore regularly advises federal, state, and local officials on policy initiatives. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board, and in 2006 he was appointed by Congress to serve on the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission. In 2009 he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission. Moore is co-author of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit, published in 1997 by the Brookings Institution Press and a runner-up for the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award, and Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century, published in 2008. He is also the author of dozens of policy studies and articles.

Prior to joining Reason, Moore served 10 years in the United States Army on active duty and reserves. As a noncommissioned officer, he was accepted to Officer Candidate School and commissioned as an infantry officer. He served in posts in the United States and Germany and left the military as a captain after commanding a heavy material supply company.

Moore earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He holds a master's in economics from the University of California, Irvine and a master's in history from California State University, Chico.