The images conjured up by the term “public/private ventures” are varied indeed. Perhaps part of the reason for the variety of projects that are classified as public/private is due to the variety of ways that the words “public” and “private” can be defined. Rather than attempting to define public/private ventures in a specific way, this issue of Carolina Planning presents case studies and articles that illustrate the diversity of the topic. For those interested in more information and technical assistance on public/private ventures, a handy “clip and save” resource directory of agencies and groups working on this subject is included at the end of the issue.
Editors: Karen Barnes, Kathy Evers, and Susan Jones
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|MAKING CITY/BUSINESS/CITIZEN PARTNERSHIPS WORK IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE
Wilmington’s Assistant Director of Planning discusses how the city is creating the environment and defining and balancing public interests in planning. He also outlines issues related to retaining a major employer.
|EVALUATION OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
Marx, Lise; Steppacher, Lee
The authors examine business & government perspectives in evaluating a proposed economic development project in North Carolina from a financial, economic development, and social cost benefit analysis points of view.
|ROANOKE REVITALIZES ITS DOWNTOWN ACCORDING TO PUBLIC DEMAND
A public information officer in Roanoke overviews the city’s recent revitalization efforts and the role of public involvement.
|DURHAM CENTER – HOW MUCH FOR THE MONEY?
The author critiques the Durham Center project from a financial and land acquisition standpoint.
|WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE MAGIC WEARS OFF?
Norby, Allen; Dyer, Donna
City of Durham planners evaluate lessons learned from the Durham Center public-private partnership.
|HOW TARBORO WON THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE GAME
Jones, Susan; Faust, Ginny
The authors discuss Tarboro’s shift from reliance on federal funding to its experimentation with public/private partnerships and outline factors of success.
|NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN EMPLOYMENT TRAINING: FEDERAL MANDATES FOR CHANGE
De Lone, Richard; Jaffe, Natalie
Authors representing the firm Public/Private Ventures discuss recent mandates from the federal Job Training Partnership Act from a private perspective.
|WORKER OWNERSHIP AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO INDUSTRIAL RECRUITMENT
The author looks at collaborative efforts between private agencies and local governments through the formation of worker cooperatives. Information credibility, health & safety issues, benefits disbursal, and geographic loyalty are discussed.
|DURHAM NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES: REVERSING NEIGHBORHOOD DECLINE
A housing services director in Durham evaluates specific property improvements in Durham neighborhoods.
|SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED COST-EFFECTIVELY
The author discusses the work of the Burnside Consortium in Portland, Oregon.
|TWENTY YEARS OF PROVIDING HUMAN SERVICES
The author celebrates the InterFaith Council (IFC) in Chapel Hill and discusses its work.
|THE CAPITAL AREA GREENWAY PROGRAM: PRIVATE LAND GOES PUBLIC
The author discusses the citizen-backed Greenway program in Raleigh, defining factors of success.
|LAND PRESERVATION THROUGH CITIZEN ACTION: THE LOCAL LAND TRUST
The author describes land trusts in North Carolina, their methods of operation, and networks of trusts around the country.