Dec 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Two Texans were named to President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet this week. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was nominated for Secretary of State and former Gov. Rick Perry has been selected to lead the Department of Energy. Both picks bring with them strengths and weaknesses that could lead to contentious confirmation hearings. Tillerson may be one […]

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Dec 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Corpus Christi officials announced chemical contamination in the city’s water supply on Wednesday. Residents were asked not to drink or bath in tap water after an asphalt emulsifying agent was leaked in the water supply. Officials said between three and 24 gallons of Indulin AA86 were believed to be released in a backflow incident that […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Lone Stars by Texas Government Insider

Ken Price, Chief Commercial Officer, Lower Colorado River Authority Career Highlights and Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and I’m a licensed professional engineer in Texas. I’ve spent my professional career in the wholesale side of electric power companies. My jobs have included planning new […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Priscilla Loebenberg
San Antonio

As part of the San Antonio’s 2.5 billion budget approved this week, $7.9 million will be set aside for smart cities initiatives. Free wireless internet in parks, solar benches with charging docks, community kiosks and app development are some of the projects now in the works. “The city of San Antonio is building a smarter […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

More than 75 leading industry experts and specialists will gather in San Diego on Oct. 3-4 to participate in one of the nation’s largest gatherings of higher education leaders and public-private partnership (P3/PPP) development experts. The Public-Private Partnership Higher Education Summit will allow those industry officials to share their experiences in having used P3s in […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

State Representative John Otto will discuss the priorities of the 85th legislative session at the Biennial Legislative Communication Conference at The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 13. Attendance is limited and those wishing to attend should register now at lbj.utexas.edu/legislativecommunication. Otto was named the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee during the 84th legislative […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Event by Priscilla Loebenberg

Oct. 11, 2016 Accessibility of Things is a free, hands-on digital accessibility workshop for public-sector staff. This half-day event will provide foundational knowledge for making websites, documents, e-learning and mobile applications perceivable by people with disabilities. Jeff Kline, program director of Statewide EIR Accessibility at DIR, and Hiram Kuykendall, Microassist Chief Technology Officer, will show […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Priscilla Loebenberg
DIUx
Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, speaks to innovation leaders during a visit to Capitol Factory, Austin, Texas, September 14, 2016. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Released)

The U.S. Department of Defense announced it will establish a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, in Austin. The Austin hub for innovation will be the DOD’s third DIUx site, with offices already existing in Silicon Valley and Boston. The goal of the initiative is to link the DOD with leading innovators to address national security […]

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Sep 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

The Texas Tech University System will form a steering committee for a proposed College of Veterinary Medicine at the Health Science Center in Amarillo. Veterinary, agricultural and community leaders will make up the committee, which will focus on a vision for a college to meet a stated need for large animal and rural veterinarians. SPI’s […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Cedar Park city council members agreed to spend $1.2 million for a contract with an engineering firm to design the first phase of a project to redevelop Bell Boulevard. The road is the primary north-south corridor and oldest commercial center in that city. City officials approved a redevelopment master plan to complete the project in […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

The mayor and city manager of Huntsville are meeting with media and community members to encourage support of a $128 million bond proposal containing three propositions to improve public safety facilities, city services facilities and upgrade water and sewer infrastructure. The ballot will feature three separate proposals, but city officials described the proposition to upgrade the […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

City Manager Clay Phillips of Coppell informed city council members he plans to retire at the end of March 2017. Phillips, who has worked in municipal government for 35 years, joined the city in 1991 and won appointment as city manager in 2008. The mayor thanked Phillips for giving council members ample time to find […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Converse city council members approved plans for a new city hall.  The project will use a portion of the existing municipal complex as part of a $3 million project. Proceeds from a bond election in 2015 will pay for the project that involves demolishing the administrative side of the existing municipal and police complex to provide more […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Reacting to heavy flooding in April and May, Bastrop city council members are developing plans improve drainage in the Gills Branch area. Council members previously discussed issuing up to $2 million in certificates of obligation to pay for the drainage improvements as well as asking voters to approve bonds. Projects discussed include improving ditches along […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Mesquite Independent School District board members agreed to move forward with construction of a new $53 million middle school near West Mesquite High School and Memorial Stadium. Trustees allotted $25.5 million to renovate older facilities with a goal of housing all sixth-grade students in middle schools. Board members also agreed to spend $18 million to […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Sheri Blankenship has been selected by trustees for Hereford Independent School District as the lone finalist for superintendent. She will replace the former superintendent, Kelli Moulton, who resigned to serve as superintendent of Galveston ISD. Most recently an assistant superintendent for professional services for the Hereford school district, Blankenship joined the school district in 1996. […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Trustees for Pflugerville Independent School District approved $100,000 to buy 2.75 acres of land along Hodde Road to straighten two dangerous “S” curves on the increasingly busy roadway. Development of new subdivisions and construction of a new middle school in that area have increased traffic and caused safety concerns for motorists using the two-lane road […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

The Humble City Council has allotted $1.2 million in the 2016-2017 city budget to fund a new senior activity center on the site of an existing center. Current plans call for demolishing the existing facility, sealing the concrete slab to prevent oil sludge from seeping through the concrete and constructing a new building. Council members also approved […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Washington County commissioners approved an agreement with Burton Independent School District to permit the school district to hold an $18 million bond election on the same date as the general election in November. The agreement calls for the bond proposition to be on a separate ballot at four voting sites within Burton ISD. Proposals on […]

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Sep 15th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Ed Drain, who has served as interim police chief in Amarillo since early July, has been selected as the permanent police chief in that city. Drain replaces Robert Taylor, who retired as police chief. Council members are expected to finalize the selection of Drain on Sept. 20. If approved, he will begin his duties as permanent […]

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Sep 14th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

The Leander City Council authorized the city manager to negotiate a contract for architectural and engineering services for a project to rebuild and relocate an existing fire station. Current plans are to design and build a new fire station on city-owned property near San Gabriel Parkway to improve response time to the area. The current […]

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Sep 14th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Trustees for Mission Consolidated Independent School District are reviewing plans to construct a $1.2 million swimming pool at Mission High School. The plan calls for the new pool to be completed by the fall of 2017. Board members also are considering a committee recommendation to spend $260,000 for new intercom system and $150,000 to fund […]

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Sep 14th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Keene city officials are considering a proposed $3.7 million city hall and community center. The existing city hall is located in a 1,500-square-foot building owned by the Southwestern Adventists University and city officials must move out of that facility by March 2017 to allow the university to use the facility. Preliminary plans call for a 30,000-square-foot […]

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Sep 13th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Michael Horne has been named the new superintendent of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools (KIPP DFW). Horne previously served as the charter school system’s head of schools overseeing the academic performance of its middle schools. KIPP DFW plans to open five new schools to serve a total of 5,000 students in ten schools in southern […]

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