A team of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck attorneys from the firm’s Las Vegas, Denver and Washington D.C. offices hosted the Experience Denver Transit Tour with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and nearly 50 public and private sector leaders from Southern Nevada in early March 2016. The group traveled to Denver to tour the city’s current transportation options, take a sneak peek at future innovative projects in development and participate in panel discussions with key leaders from Denver’s public and private sectors.
Brownstein, founded in Denver, has played a central role in many of the public/private partnerships that have transformed Denver through investment in transportation infrastructure. When the RTC expressed interest in a presentation to the Las Vegas City Council about its desire to bring community leaders in Nevada to tour Denver, Brownstein’s Alisa Nave-Worth and Rebecca Miltenberger, both based in Las Vegas, knew they could help ensure those leaders were exposed to all aspects of questions that would be raised on this important tour. In partnership with Brownstein colleagues in Denver and Washington, D.C., they constructed a two-day educational tour that explored all aspects of Denver’s infrastructure plan, including the role of public/private partnerships, alternative funding models and private investment in infrastructure.
RTC’s visit included panel discussions and tours of Denver development projects in which Brownstein played a key role in executing. A team of our attorneys and policy professionals, including Bruce James, Carolynne White and Mike Feeley (Denver); Elizabeth Gore and Brian Wild (Washington, D.C.); and Jonathan Bloch (Los Angeles), served as moderators and panelists. They shared insights into alternative finance options, including public/private partnerships, federal EB-5 funding and Wall Street mezzanine funding. The discussions drew on the team’s involvement in federal legislation as well as Colorado real estate projects such as the redevelopment of Denver’s Union Station, a $54 million transformation accomplished through a complex and rapidly evolving public/private partnership.
In addition to the insightful panel discussions, participants experienced several developments first hand with tours of the city's light rail facilities, Denver International Airport, Union Station and the Panasonic Enterprise Solutions construction site, to see how the public/private partnership model is contributing to economic development around Metro Denver.
“Brownstein put together a tour that provided a comprehensive outlook of all things Denver Light Rail & Commuter Rail,” said Tina Quigley, general manager of the Southern Nevada RTC. “The conversations that were generated during this tour amongst our political and business leaders are going to help change the transportation landscape in Southern Nevada.”
Podcasts of each of the panels are available at the following links:
Episode 1: How Did it All Get Started? - Lessons Learned from Successes and Missteps Along the Journey
Episode 2: Demystifying the Public/Private Partnership - Union Station as a Case Study
Episode 3: Alternative Funding Mechanisms - The Role of Federal Funding and Alternative Funding, Including Municipal EB-5 Funding, at DIA
Episode 4: The Fruits of Labor - Private Development as a Result of Investment in Infrastructure at DIA
Select media coverage of the Experience Denver Transit Tour can be read here:
Las Vegas looks to Denver for transit example but faces unique challenges, Las Vegas Sun - 03.11.2016
Union Station leaders tell Las Vegas contingency 'get public input' before spending a dime, Denver Business Journal - 03.08.2016
Las Vegas group kicks off Denver transit trip with look at airport commuter rail, VEGAS INC - 03.07.2016
Viewpoint: Denver’s transit system getting an admiring look from Las Vegas, Denver Business Journal - 03.03.2016