Ohio University Press · Swallow Press ·

Empowering the Public-Private Partnership
The Future of America’s Local Government

By George V. Voinovich
Introduction by R. Gregory Browning and Hunter Morrison
Afterword by Hunter Morrison

“For students of public management, this slim volume acts as a guidebook to setting up P3s in medium to large size cities across the United States. For local elected officials, the book provides rich detail about the partnerships necessary to implement a P3 framework in a city.…An excellent read for those interested in understanding the challenges of developing P3s and the vast benefits these collaborative structures can produce. Summing up: highly recommended.”


Empowering the Public-Private Partnership presents an almost old-fashioned creed—that cities are important, that the business world and the public sector are not at war, and that most people possess some kind of civic mindedness. The key to effective leadership, Voinovich suggests, may be simply awakening this public spiritedness and then harnessing it to good purpose. In that sense, Voinovich and his book are exemplars of both a seemingly lost Republican ideal and an even older republicanism that has been so essential to the health of American politics.”

EJournal of Public Affairs

“This book is a departure from the current national political climate punctuated by partisanship. Instead, it offers a reflection on nonpartisan, collaborative leadership strategies that manifested in successful economic development and community revitalization efforts. The result is a short, but useful, ‘how-to guide’ for students and community development practitioners on building collaborative networks.”

Public Administration Review

“George Voinovich’s extraordinary success as senator, governor, and mayor was due in great part to his being a pioneering master of collaboration. This book is a legacy of his powerful and practical insights on how to build public-private partnerships that fuse the best of all sectors to create a better society. In these times when conflict seems to dominate political dialogue, his wise words extolling the virtues of collaboration are refreshing and illuminating.”

James E. Austin, Harvard Business School

America’s cities are increasingly acknowledged as sites of renewal and economic opportunity—but how can city leaders facing physical and financial constraints harness this positive energy to create sustainable development? The story of Cleveland in the early 1980s provides the necessary roadmap. Mayor George V. Voinovich, by drawing on the combined strengths of the public and private sectors, took Cleveland from financial default to becoming “America’s Comeback City,” and he later used the best practices he developed there to tackle state-level challenges as governor of Ohio. The public-private partnership model that Voinovich pioneered has since become the gold standard for cities seeking to maximize resources.

Using lessons from Cleveland, Voinovich developed this handbook for governments and private entities seeking a mutually enriching partnership. It is his legacy to those who will guide America’s cities to new growth and vitality.

In a career spanning more than forty years, George V. Voinovich held office as mayor of Cleveland and later as governor and US senator for Ohio. Among many other distinctions, he was the only person to hold both the chairmanship of the National Governors Association and the presidency of the National League of Cities. In 1998, Ohio University established what would become the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in honor of his many years of public service.   More info →


Review in Public Administration Review, (AUG 2019)


Order a print copy

Paperback · $15.96 ·
Add to Cart

Retail price: $19.95 · Save 20% ($15.96)

Hardcover · $39.96 ·
Add to Cart

Retail price: $49.95 · Save 20% ($39.96)

Buy from a local bookstore


US and Canada only

Buy an eBook

Amazon Kindle Store Barnes & Noble NOOK Google Play iBooks Store

Availability and price vary according to vendor.

Cover of Empowering the Public-Private Partnership

Share    Facebook icon  Email icon


Desk Copy Examination Copy Review Copy

Permission to reprint
Permission to photocopy or include in a course pack via Copyright Clearance Center

Related Subjects

Click or tap on a subject heading to sign up to be notified when new related books come out.


Retail price: $19.95, S.
Release date: July 2017
108 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights:  World

Retail price: $49.95, S.
Release date: July 2017
108 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights:  World

Release date: July 2017
108 pages
Rights:  World

Related Titles

Cover of 'The Community Table'

The Community Table
Effective Fundraising through Events
By Susan Cole Urano

In The Community Table, Susan Urano translates her nonprofit’s experience with a large-scale annual fundraiser into a step-by-step guide for organizers. Using real-life examples, she illustrates methods of team building, conflict resolution, and problem solving. Includes sample timelines, budgets, publicity plans, and committee structures.

Nonprofit Organizations · Philanthropy · Ohio and Regional

Cover of 'Upcycling Sheltered Workshops'

Upcycling Sheltered Workshops
A Revolutionary Approach to Transforming Workshops into Creative Spaces
By Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell
· Foreword by Lynn M. Harter

At a time when the traditional sheltered workshop model has fallen under rightful criticism, and a new paradigm for disability programming is not yet in place, Upcycling Sheltered Workshops offers a revolutionary alternative. As many push to dismantle sheltered workshops, Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell present the Creative Abundance Model, a proven method that redirects sheltered workshops from routine to creativity, putting participants in the driver’s seat.

Disability Studies · Social Work · Psychology - Creative Ability · Art Education

Sign up to be notified when new Ohio and Regional titles come out.

We will only use your email address to notify you of new titles in the subject area(s) you follow. We will never share your information with third parties.