OK, this example of a P3 is a bit unusual, but that's exactly what I want to highlight it.
It describes several programs in Austin funded and managed by government, academia and private sector to help low-income residents prepare for better-paying jobs. We generally associate P3's with physical infrastructure, but I love this example because 'human infrastructure' is probably more important to our societal success. And this shows how we can all team up and work together to make it happen.
Capital IDEA, Project QUEST, and organizations like it underscore the importance of a holistic approach to workforce development that takes steps to provide both financial and relational support systems upon which a successful career can be built. One is insufficient without the other. The program takes considerable time and investment – averaging $6,000 per participant annually and typically taking three years to complete – but the results are hard to argue with.