Greater Austin Regional Luncheon on Public, Private, Partnerships


2021-07-21T11:15:00 - 2021-07-21T13:00:00

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    IN-PERSON    HEB Center, 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    VIRTUAL        ZOOM 
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    ULI Member $55.00
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    Non-Member $75.00
    Student $20.00
    Under Age 35 $45.00

    Member $15.00
    Non-Member $30.00
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    In the last three years, Central Texas has seen a drastic increase in the number of public-private partnership (P3) transactions and alternative delivery projects from the public sector. These projects include single-purpose facilities like the Travis County Civil and Family Courts Facility and the Moody Center at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as mixed-use and horizontal developments, including Cedar Park’s Belle Boulevard. Our panelists will discuss the lessons learned from these projects and the future outlook for P3 and alternative delivery methods for major project in Central Texas.
    • Jay Brown, Chairman, Hayat Brown
    • Katherine Caffrey, Assistant City Manager, City of Cedar Park
    • Jon Conant, Director, Public-Private Partnerships, (P3s), Texas Facilities Commission
    MODERATOR: Jeff Nydegger, Shareholder, Winstead
    Thank you to the City of Cedar Park for the use of the HEB Center, the city’s original Public Private Partnership. Such an appropriate venue for this luncheon.
    • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM             Check-In and Networking
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM               Panel

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    Jon Conant

    Director, Public-Private Partnerships, (P3s), Texas Facilities Commission

    Jon is a Global executive advisor with sophisticated communication skills and more than 25 years’ experience in the technology, retail, and real estate industries. Adept at managing multi-faceted projects and building consensus in large and complex organizations among diverse parties with varied agendas. Jon is currently Director, Public-Private Partnerships, (P3s) at the Texas Facilities Commission with the State of Texas. Since 2000, Jon through his private company has raised several million dollars of capital, personally invested in and consulted for a number of successful entrepreneurial ventures and commercial real estate developments. Prior to 2001, Jon was employed for 8 years at Dell, Inc. in variety of management positions including marketing, business development, and global strategic projects. For over 10 years, Jon has been an active member of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation and served on the Executive Committee & Council. Jon was Chairman of the Dell Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign from 2005 – 2007 leading the effort to raise $50 million for the new Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Jon earned a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College, Wellesley, MA.


    Jay Brown

    Chairman and Managing Director, Hayat Brown

    Jay Brown is Chairman and Managing Director at Hayat Brown in Washington, DC. He leads the P3 | Infrastructure | Real Estate Advisory practice. Mr. Brown specializes in strategic, transactional, and public/private real estate services to universities and federal, state, and local public institutions. With over 25 years of public sector and real estate experience, Mr. Brown has performed and overseen numerous public-private transactions, financial feasibility and market studies, and asset repositioning strategies to help universities and public sector clients generate revenue, reduce costs, eliminate deferred maintenance, and fund needed capital improvements with alternative financing and delivery methods. Significant recent experience includes: – Advising the City of Falls Church on a mixed-used transit-oriented development (TOD) P3 project that will help fund the development of w new high schools. – Advising Travis County in the acquisition of a newly developed civil and family courthouse and the monetization of a downtown parcel to help fund the new courthouse. – Leading a Program Management Office for a portfolio of over 20 projects for Howard University focused on delivering critical housing and student life facilities, as well as monetizing underutilized assets. – Conducted feasibility study and cash flow analysis for student housing projects and Morehouse College and Dartmouth College. – Advised Fairfax County on the feasibility and viability of the Phase 2 redevelopment of the former Lorton penitentiary. – Assisted the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in monetizing a variety of real estate assets through public-private ventures, third party financing, development initiatives and other alternative delivery methods, including military housing privatization and enhanced use leases for underutilized real estate. – Assisted several state and municipal agencies including the State of Louisiana, District of Columbia, Dormitory Authority State of New York, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Empire State Development, Fairfax County, Virginia, Travis County, Texas and Grand Forks County, North Dakota in executing public-private transactions. Prior to joining Hayat Brown, Mr. Brown served for 16 years as Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), where he led the national P3 | Infrastructure | Real Estate Advisory practice. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was a Partner in the Washington, DC Real Estate Advisory Services Group of Ernst & Young, LLP. He spent nearly eight years with this firm, specializing in government real estate transactions. His public sector experience included five years as the Deputy Director for the Department of Planning and Economic Development, King County, Washington and five years with the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, where he served as a financial economist and budget examiner, specializing in federal credit policy (loans and loan guarantees) and housing programs. Mr. Brown earned his Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and an active member of several real estate industry associations. Relevant Public Speaking Engagements: “Financial Overview of Military Housing Privatization”, Air Force Regional Industry Forum for Developers and Financial Institutions, September 2004 “Economic Development Award to DC Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development”, African American Real Estate Professionals Gala Event, May 2004 “Commercial Development in the Washington, DC Market”, African American Real Estate Professionals, April 2004 “Military Family Housing Privatization” University of Maryland, Executive Education, April 2004 “Enhanced Use Leasing”, Walter Reed Army Medical Center Industry Forum, February 2004 “Enhanced Use Leasing”, National Association of Installation Developers, August 2003 “Enhanced Use Leasing”, Air Force Real Property Annual Conference, June 2003


    Katherine Caffrey

    Assistant City Manager, City of Cedar Park

    Katherine Woerner Caffrey has served the City of Cedar Park as Assistant City Manager since 2015. In this position, she oversees the City's departments of Development Services, Community Affairs, Parks and the Library. Prior to her role as Assistant City Manager, Caffrey served as the City's Director of Community Affairs from 2012 to 2015, overseeing the City's Media & Communications Office, Emergency Management Division, the Cedar Park Public Library, Legislative Affairs, and Resource Efficiency Division, as well as other issues of community interest. Caffrey previously served as the City's Utilities Program Manager from 2010 to 2011 and the Assistant to the City Manager from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining the City of Cedar Park, she worked for the City of Little Rock, Arkansas as the Management Analyst 2005 to 2007. Caffrey holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hendrix College. She belongs to the International City Management Association and the Texas City Management Association, and is Co-Chair for the Regional Growth Council of the Austin chapter of the Urban Land Institute, and serves as Treasurer for the Texas chapter of Women Leading Government. Additionally she is a 2018 Mc Bee Fellow with the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO).


    Jeff Nydegger


    Jeff Nydegger represents both public and private sector clients in virtually all types of public finance and project finance transactions. With a focus on public-private partnerships (P3s), Jeff’s scope of representation covers all stages of the transaction – procurement and selection, negotiation predevelopment agreements, and execution of financing and construction agreements, as well as post-closing administration. Jeff’s broad expertise in public sector financing, real estate and construction matters in the P3 context enables him to guide his clients’ strategies and to obtain quality, long-term results. Jeff’s resume includes a broad range of project types including higher education sports facilities, courthouse projects and municipal facilities, mixed-use P3 developments, research parks, convention centers and hotels, student housing, utility infrastructure, and major industrial development projects.