Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith yesterday announced the launch of a working group that will push for the creation of a new federal "center of excellence" that municipal and state officials could consult for guidance on public-private partnerships.

The working group, called the Council of Project Finance Advisors, will urge lawmakers to form an independent governmental body called Partnerships U.S. that would act as a resource for local and state officials as they develop P3s for transportation, energy, water and sewer, education, utilities, health care, and other sectors.

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