How Allentown’s Water Utility Saved the City with Mayor Ed Pawlowski

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Ed Pawlowski, third term mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss how a public–private partnership (or P3) helped to save the city from financial ruin and revitalize the city, turning a multi-million dollar deficit into multi-million dollar surpluses. The Mayor discusses the nuts and bolts of the P3 arrangement from the RFP process and building political support for the P3 to the details of the P3 such as how rate increases, capital expenditures and environmental risks are handled. This is a must-listen for those interested in P3s and creative ways for cash-strapped governments to monetize assets and find solutions to daunting problems.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: from deficit to surplus
  • Allentown’s public–private partnership (P3) for water and sewer
  • Procurement and RFP process
  • Current operation of the P3
  • Behind the numbers for the P3
  • How the City and the P3 work together for seamless face for customers
  • Cooperation between City and P3 for setting standards and operating within environmental standards

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