Source: By Jeff Bishop, The Times-Herald (GA), Monday, June 09, 2008
Although there’s currently a lot of buzzing about the possible privatization of the Newnan-Coweta Airport, this isn’t the first time the airport has flown in that direction.
The headline of a March 23, 1997 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle trumpeted: “Newnan airport first to privatize.”
……… Lawrenceville-based Airport Technologies won the bid and did indeed manage the airport for a brief time. The plan of the company was to attract businesses to the airport and market it to executives worldwide to “transform the Newnan-Coweta County Airport into an economic engine that will generate between $25 million and $50 million for the area within five years.”
It didn’t work out quite that way.
……. The big money never materialized. In fact, Gay said, “We felt like we could do the same things, but in a more cost-effective way. We decided it would work better to have the financials handled through the county, rather than pay a contractor to do it.”
Source: By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), 05/27/08
A year and a half after they split from Fulton County hoping to deliver better services to taxpayers, the cities of Milton and Johns Creek have not yet tracked how well they’re reaching that goal. As Sandy Springs did before them, Milton and Johns Creek took a new approach and hired a private company to manage nearly all their government services, except their police and fire departments.
Milton and Johns Creek officials, as well as many city residents and businessmen interviewed, say they generally are happy with the performance of Englewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill Inc.
But city leaders say they have been too busy with other priorities to set benchmarks by which they can precisely measure the company’s performance, a responsibility called for in their multimillion-dollar contracts.
Source: By ERIC STIRGUS, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Published on: 04/29/08
Atlanta is scheduled to accept bids Wednesday from companies that want to run the city’s parking ticket and meter collection operation, now done by the Public Works Department.
……. Nancy Lenk, a leader of one of the city’s largest unions, disagrees. She says union leaders in other cities have seen businesses frequently make low bids to provide government services and later increase their rates well past how much it cost government workers to do the job.
“Over time, [privatizing] is a bad idea,” said Lenk, assistant director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 1644, which says it represents about 2,000 Atlanta employees.
Source: by Jason Wright, Aspen Newspapers (GA), March 17, 2008
It is no secret Milton’s City Hall can be a tumultuous place. Council meetings have a tendency to drag on for hours discussing minor points and council members snub one another publicly — and those are just the good days. In the roughly 15 months since the city got off the ground, it has seen an unlikely and extraordinary confluence of events for a relatively quiet town of only 20,000.
…….. ….. Milton is mostly staffed by private company CH2M HILL OMI. At least two CH2M HILL department heads have been replaced, with rumors that another may be on his way out if a willing replacement can be found to work in Milton.
Source: By CRAIG SCHNEIDER, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), 02/26/08
In a move expected to secure hundreds of millions in private and state funds, the DeKalb County Commission approved a lease agreement Tuesday that would shift operational control of Grady Memorial Hospital to a new nonprofit corporation. The unanimous vote is one of the last hurdles in the management restructuring designed to save the financially crippled hospital.
Source: Urvaksh Karkaria, Atlanta Business Chronicle (GA), Monday, January 28, 2008 – 8:55 PM EST
The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority on Monday OK’d a lease agreement that hands over daily operational control of Grady Memorial and opens the door to a public and private sector bailout.
The handover will be to a yet-to-be formed non-profit management corporation. The names of the 16 members on the non-profit board are expected to be released within a week, Grady board vice chairman Christopher Edwards said. In return for handing over operational control, Grady is expected to receive at least $200 million from the private sector for capital improvements. An additional $100 million in private money could also be raised and the state is expected to inject millions of dollars more.
Source: By JAMES SALZER, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), 12/11/07
Gov. Sonny Perdue this morning announced a consolidation and outsourcing of the state’s technology services, a move that will lead to about 200 layoffs.
…. Four years ago, Perdue pulled the plug on a similarly ambitious initiative to consolidate all state government telecommunications under a private contractor, a plan worth $1.8 billion. It would have been the largest contract ever awarded by the state, putting as many as 500 state employees on the private contractor’s payroll. That plan fell apart during the bidding process.
Source: Jon R. Luoma, Mother Jones, November/December 2002
Contamination, riots, rate increases, scandals. From Atlanta to Manila, cities are confronting the true cost of water privatization.