This volume deals with innovative methods of meeting social and economic needs — public-private partnerships. Leaders in many communities have responded to opportunities for cooperation between the public and private sectors in various ways. From one city to another, specific conditions have determined the nature of particular partnerships and their operations; yet differences, as well as similarities, offer opportunities to learn from an exchange of information from various perspectives.
Most of the experience on which these essays draw was attained while the Federal government was substantially reducing its support of local government and social programs. Inevitably, these changes complicated the immediate problems and highlighted the desirability of mobilizing local talent from business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The volume thus provides invaluable information that can serve in the continuing development of partnerships throughout the country.
The Academy of Political Science undertook this project with the enthusiastic support of Dr. Frank J. Macchiarola, president and chief executive officer of the New York City Partnership, and a member of the Academy's board of directors. Dr. Perry Davis, a senior consultant to the Partnership, directed the project.
Financing was provided by the American Can Company Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. A conference on 13 June 1986 benefited from the cooperation of the Citizens Forum/National Municipal League, the Conference Board, the International Downtown Association, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Academy wishes to express its thanks to these organizations, to the authors of essays in this volume, and to others who have participated.
The views expressed in this volume are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any organizations with which they are associated. The Academy of Political Science serves as a forum for the development and dissemination of opinion on public-policy questions, but it does not make recommendations on political and social issues.