Mayor Andre Dickens has been appointed chair of the U.S.-Mayors Conference of Public-Private Partnership Task Force.
Mayor Andre Dickens Appointed Chair of US-Mayors Working Group on Public-Private Partnership
Mayor Andre Dickens has been appointed chair of the new Public-Private Partnership Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Dickens chaired the inaugural session of the task force this weekend during the 90th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Reno, Nevada, this weekend.
“It is a great honor for me to lead this newly formed task force, and I look forward to working with a stellar bipartisan group of mayors on how best to collectively advance our cities,” said Mayor Dickens. “Mayors have bold goals in the areas of public safety, transportation and other of our priorities, but we cannot implement them alone. The private sector plays an important role in supply. In Atlanta, we showed how public-private partnerships, such as Atlanta BeltLine and At-Promise Centers, can be a powerful tool for generating key infrastructure investments. I look forward to our work on sharing best practices on how we can invest in our infrastructure through these innovative partnerships. ”
President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has appointed Mayor Dickens to the role.
“Mayors clearly understand the important role of public-private partnerships in promoting job growth, developing public and social infrastructure and providing connected communities in our cities,” said Mayor Suarez. “This was the impetus for the creation of a new task force on public-private partnerships between the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and I can’t think of a better chair for that task force than Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. I am grateful to Mayor Dickens for his leadership in promoting cooperation between our public and private sectors as we work together to create vibrant, sustainable communities. ”
The Dickens administration preferred to use public-private partnerships to advance Atlanta, including for economic development, public safety, and quality of life. At the first meeting of the task force, Mayor Dickens presented Atlanta’s BeltLine and At-Promise Urban Centers as case studies on how a successful public-private partnership can deliver the common good.
The U.S. Department of Transportation also spoke at the inaugural meeting, as did private companies Hunt and World Wide Technology, each of which collaborated with cities across the country.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 and more. Today there are more than 1,400 such cities in the country. Each city at the Conference is represented by its chief elected official, the Mayor.
The article was originally published on Atlanta Daily World.