The Benefits of Private Investment in Infrastructure

  • 1. Private capital moderately leveraged with government investment could total $535 billion and create up to 1 million jobs over 10 years.
  • 2. Could reduce U.S. unemployment by 8% overall, and significantly boost the depressed construction sector.
  • 3. Over $214 billion of private capital has been raised globally for investment in Public Private Partnerships.
  • 4. The use of private capital allows governments to avoid taking on excessive debt or increasing taxes to fund projects.
  • 5. Government employees increasingly see the benefits of private investment, as pension funds set aside money for infrastructure investment and provide direct equity for projects due to reliable and stable returns.

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The above report is a reiteration of the original report released in 2011 that was done in coordination with Abertis, Allen & Overy LLP, Barclays Capital, Castalia LLC, Carlyle Infrastructure Partners, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Debevoise & Plimpton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Fulbright & Jaworski, Greenhill & Co., Hastings, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, Scotia Capital, Skanska, and UBS.

Sphere Consulting LLC joined Covington & Burling and The Rhodium Group in writing a report titled, “From International To Interstates: Assessing The Opportunity For Chinese Participation In US Infrastructure.” The report was released in October 2013 and focuses on Chinese investment in U.S. infrastructure. The sponsors were the Carlyle Group, The China-US Exchange Foundation, General Electric and The Starr Companies.

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Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

PBS Newshour’s Christopher Booker reports that as the U.S. grapples with a growing list of transportation infrastructure needs and limited public funds, more states are looking to public-private partnerships as a means of fixing and replacing aging bridges, tunnels and roads. But is there a downside for taxpayers? Read the full transcript below: CHRISTOPHER BOOKER: Residents […]

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Apr 20th, 2016

Transportation board to recommend $1.68B in spending

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Apr 13th, 2016

Frank Keating: Transportation investment must continue

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Apr 13th, 2016

Evin signs toll ban for new Ohio River bridge

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Apr 6th, 2016

Eliminating tolls would cost state billions, lawmakers told

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Apr 6th, 2016

CDOT takes step toward toll lanes, widening on crowded C-470

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Mar 23rd, 2016

Aggressive Toll Road Timeline Nears Kick-Off

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Mar 23rd, 2016

I-70 toll lane helping ease traffic, says CDOT

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Mar 9th, 2016

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