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Bilzin Sumberg Leads Roundtable Discussion at the 2019 eMerge Americas Technology Conference

Governing Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships

Bilzin Sumberg Leads Roundtable Discussion at the 2019 eMerge Americas Technology Conference

Miami, FL, April 15, 2019 A panel of experts from both the public and private sector will gather to share their thoughts on Governing Innovation: Promoting Technology, Efficiency & Sustainability, as Bilzin Sumberg hosts its second annual eGov roundtable discussion at the 2019 eMerge Americas Technology Conference.

The panel discussion will explore how innovation and technology are driving real estate and infrastructure development, including transit-oriented development, sustainability, and green infrastructure and building.

As the government responds to community demands for energy-efficient options to standard construction alternatives, opportunities arise for collaboration between public and private entities to move these innovations forward.

"Traditionally, the government has needed to focus on meeting budgetary parameters when procuring public improvement projects," said panel moderator Javier Aviñó, who is Partner and Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader at Bilzin Sumberg. "Through public-private partnerships (P3), we see the two sectors collaborating to go beyond budget concerns and really bring innovation."

"The government is also looking for ways to reduce its own carbon footprint by focusing on critical infrastructure projects, including water and waste management," added Andrej Micovic, Associate at Bilzin Sumberg focused on Public-Private Partnerships. "For example, in the last few years, we have seen governments across the country negotiating P3s to develop waste-to-energy facilities. When properly planned, the P3 model generates long-term efficiencies that cannot be obtained through traditional design-bid-build procurements by aligning the incentives of the public and private sectors."

Industry leaders have confirmed their participation in this timely and robust discussion.  Participants represent both the public and private sectors and include:

  • Javier Aviñó (Moderator), Partner, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader, Bilzin Sumberg
  • Corey Clive, Founder and CEO, Venergy Group
  • Francisco Garcia, Director, Planning & Zoning, City of Miami 
  • David Martin, President, Terra
  • Andrej Micovic, Attorney, Public-Private Partnerships, Bilzin Sumberg
  • Avinash S. Patwardhan, PhD, BCEEM, Managing Director - Smart Cities, Jacobs
  • Philip Stoddard, Mayor South Miami

This is the second consecutive year Bilzin Sumberg is hosting a roundtable discussion centered on innovation and technology in government. The Firm's support of eMerge Americas furthers its commitment to the evolution and adoption of Public-Private Partnerships as creative solutions to improve America's infrastructure.

About Bilzin Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg works with clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States and cross borders to Europe, Latin America, Canada, the Middle East, and Asia.  The firm's growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, corporate law, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and estate planning, business litigation, finance, and public/private partnerships. For more information, please visit

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