Commissioner Diaz promotes public-private partnerships to improve County’s infrastructure
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz is sponsoring an ordinance which will allow private companies to partner with the County to help fund, design and construct the County's infrastructure and facility for the betterment of Miami-Dade and its residents.
The legislation, which is set for final approval at the Tuesday, Dec. 5 County Commission meeting, will encourage the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure and facilities improvements by streamlining the approval process in a number of ways.
The partnerships will apply to the County's infrastructure, its mass transit facilities, roads, bridges, airports and seaport, fuel supply facilities, medical and nursing care facilities, recreational facilities, court facilities, sporting facilities, and water and wastewater facilities.
The legislation is over two years in the making. In 2015, the County Commission created a Public Private Partnership Task Force to help develop a Public Private Partnership Plan. Among the task force’s recommendations was to change County policies to advance public-private partnership arrangements to improve Miami-Dade County’s aging infrastructure and facilities.
“Public-private partnerships allow us to harness the power and ingenuity of the private sector to meet our infrastructure needs in a more efficient and cost-effective manner,” Commissioner Diaz said.