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Public-Private Partnerships

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West Virginia University's public-private partnerships are a boon to the University and the community. They are revitalizing neighborhoods and — most importantly — they are improving the student experience.

Q. How many public-private partnerships does the University have?

A. West Virginia University currently has four public-private partnerships:
In addition, WVU has a partnership with Monongalia County for a new ballpark complex in Granville.

Q. Why does WVU use public-private partnerships?

A.These projects increase academic, athletic, housing and student services capacities without adding debt to WVU’s balance sheet. They also increase the tax base for the city, county and state. The partnerships also generate revenues with which we can address other needs, allowing us to further the University’s mission.

Q. Why are you using tuition money to build a ballpark?

A. No tuition dollars are being used for the design or construction of the new ballpark complex — or any of the four public-private partnerships.

Q. Won’t these new housing complexes put local landlords out of business?

A. When all of the partnerships are in place, WVU will house only 26% of the student population; the private sector will still accommodate 74% of the University’s population. Our public-private partnerships provide an economic boost that benefits the entire community, including landlords and property owners.

Q. How does the community benefit?

A.The new facilities revitalize neighborhoods, improve walkability, expand the tax base and stimulate the local economy.

Our community and state will see an annual increase of more than $1.7 million in taxes, more than $6 million in one-time capital taxes and more than $81 million during the 40-year project life of the partnerships.