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Volume 15, Issue 7 - Friday, February 17, 2017
President Trump appoints P3 expert as special assistant for infrastructure
DJ Gribbin
President Donald Trump has appointed private-sector P3 expert David James "DJ" Gribbin as his special assistant for infrastructure. Gribbin, the former HDR director of strategic consulting was appointed in the role after departing HDR in December. 

Prior to his time with HDR, Gribbin led government advisory and affairs for Macquarie Capital, where he helped states and municipalities explore the benefits of public-private partnerships (P3) for infrastructure projects, and led the P3 procurement teams. Gribbin has represented both government and investors in more than 18 states. 

Before joining Macquarie, Gribbin was nominated by former President George W. Bush and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served as chief counsel for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). While at FHWA, he worked with local and state transportation officials, created a federal P3 task force and created a report for Congress, highlighting the advantages of alternative project delivery.

Gribbin has served as the P3 Division president and as a board member for American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). He also won ARTBA's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for both public and private sectors.
In the months leading up to the presidential election, the soon-to-be-elected Donald Trump shared that he planned to inject $1 trillion into the nation's ailing roads, bridges and airports. 

Soon after President Trump moved into the White House, Senate Democrats released a $1 trillion infrastructure ten-year plan to fix roads, bridges, broadband networks, VA hospitals and schools. Democratic lawmakers said the plan would create 15 million jobs. They were holding Trump to his promise. 

In the days following, Trump put together a list of 50 emergency and national security infrastructure projects across the United States that came with a price tag of $137.5 billion. A similar list was shared with the National Governors Association (NGA) in December and they were asked to get feedback about the document from each state. A request was also made to governors to submit between three and five state projects that could also be worthy of making the infrastructure list.


Abilene's $80.7M projects are covering the roads
Abilene voters approved an $80.7 million bond in May and the city will begin to reap the rewards as construction projects get underway. The largest project in the bond issue is streets and there is over $45 million in funds to improve 130 lane miles of Abilene roadways within two phases over the next five years. The first mile of repair will begin on Antilley Road. 

Three other street improvement projects that are currently in the design phase are West Lake Road, Judge Ely Boulevard and Catclaw Drive. Projects are scheduled to be completed by the fall. An invitation from the City of Abilene to bid will end on Feb. 21. Phase two of street projects will focus on Hardwick Road, North Third Street, South 20th Street, Texas Avenue, the Central Business District and more. Included in the bond are renovations to the Abilene Regional Airport and the construction of three fire stations.
Spring ISD spends $32M to improve technology
Using $330 million in bonds approved by voters in November 2016, Spring Independent School District trustees agreed to move forward this year with a $32 million project to improve technology throughout the district. 

Board members also will proceed this year with an $18 million project to improve safety and security and buy new school buses in addition to a $5 million project to build new centers at elementary schools to expand all day pre-kindergarten program. 

From the $330 million in bonds, board members allotted $230 for facilities projects, including $112 million to build three ninth-grade academics, $80 million to pay for two new middle schools, $40 million for maintenance programs, $38 million for a new stadium and $5 million to build a new police command center.
Former golf course converted into flood control project for $20M
Harris County Commissioners are expected to approve an agreement with the city of Houston to move forward with a $20 million project to use the former Inwood Forest Golf Course as a site for detaining up to 350 million gallons of storm water to improve flood control in the White Oak Bayou watershed.

Houston paid $9.3 million for the 227-acre course in 2011 and spent another $2.5 million to build two detention ponds at the former golf course that can store about 56 acre-feet of storm water, said Alan Black, director of engineering for the Harris County Flood Control District. 

Flood control district officials plan to excavate an area of the former golf course and create 10-connected detention basins to ease flooding in neighborhoods on both sides of White Oak Bayou, Black said. The former golf course site could take in as much as 1,052 acre-feet of storm water once it is fully developed, he added.
TWDB approves $28M water upgrades in Tarrant, Wise counties
Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) officials approved $28 million to help pay for projects to improve water and wastewater systems in Tarrant and Wise counties. 

Board members approved $7 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to River Oaks in Tarrant County to fund replacement of about 29 percent of its sewer mains and an additional $8 million to improve its water system. 

In Wise County, members of TWDB approved $13.43 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the West Wise Special Utility District in Bridgeport to help fund improvements to its water system, to improve drinking water quality and meet state standards for clean drinking water.
Bellmead plans to build $11M baseball complex
The Bellmead City Council approved $4 million in funding to pay for an $11 million professional baseball complex being developed using a public-private partnership. 

While the city has $4 million in reserve money in its economic development fund, city council members are considering using only $2 million of the reserved funds and borrowing an additional $2 million to pay the city's contribution, said City Manager Bo Thomas. 

The Southwest League of Professional Baseball plans to bring an independent minor league team, named the Waco BlueCats, to the area in addition to establishing franchises in six mid-sized cities in Texas, according to a managing partner of Ventura Sports Group, which owns and operates the minor league franchises. The goal is to begin play in the inaugural season of the new independent minor league teams in April of next year.
Flood victims receive elevation grants in Houston
Houston homeowners are getting a lift of relief following the Memorial Day floods of 2015. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide more than $57 million in aid to 13,000 residents. Forty-two of those residents have qualified for home elevation grants. 

Residents that qualified for the home elevation grants have a National Flood Insurance Program policy and have been given "Repetitive Loss" priority. The funds are handed down to the water development board from FEMA who then provides money to the City of Houston. The city has put out bids for construction and will select contractors by March 14. Construction of the homes will begin in May.
Amarillo ISD to seek bids for internet usage
The Amarillo Independent School District will be seeking bids for a cost-effective digital learning system that can be used long-term. The district wants to take advantage of the federal government's E-Rate program, which is run by the Federal Communications Commission and subsidizes internet access and computer equipment for schools. 

Over the last 19 years the district has paid various telecommunication companies a monthly rate to provide area-wide network services to its campuses. The district plans to submit a request for proposals for two new options and a continuation of the current type of service. The two new options include building and maintaining a network infrastructure or using a hybrid method by leasing existing fiber-optic cable and having responsibility only for transmission equipment.
Odessa approves designs for $77M hotel and convention center
The designs for a $77 million city-backed hotel and conference center were approved by the Odessa City Council and construction is expected to begin in the spring. The project will include a roughly 78,000-square-foot convention center, an open air plaza, a 300-car parking garage and a remodeled Ector Theatre. Another architect is working on the theater renovations.  

The City Council must sign off on any additional changes and vote to approve funding taxpayers' share of construction costs which totals $30.8 million. City officials said they planned to explore sponsorships for the city-owned conference center with 11 meeting spaces and two ballrooms. 

The city will pay $861,000 and the private sponsors will pay $204,000 for utility work in preparation for the project. Additional funding will be spent by the city for a series of asbestos abatements and the demolition of two buildings. The city will also pay $145,220 for a parking lot in the area of the hotel and conference center.
Development coming soon near Trinity Mills station
A request for qualifications was sent out this week to solicit developer qualifications and preliminary development proposals from firms interested in providing master development services for the Trinity Mills Transit Center District in the City of Carrollton. 

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the City of Carrollton are discussing ideas for transit-oriented development around the Trinity Mills DART light rail station near Interstate 35E and the President George Bush Turnpike. The vision of the site includes a high-rise marquis office building, hotel, restaurants and family housing. After responses by developers have been collected, a list will be compiled to no more than three who will be invited to participate in the request for proposal- scheduled to be released April 25.
Texas bond report available from SPI
Citizen committee groups, counties, cities and school districts have been planning and preparing over the last few months for their capital improvement projects and monetary requests for the bond election on May 6. Those wishing to be included in the May election had until Feb. 17 to approve their bonds. Those that did not make the May time frame will have another chance to hold their bond election on Nov. 7. 

The last few bond votes got approved this week and if they pass, will provide many opportunities for businesses to design, build, renovate, repair and offer many other services for these cities and school districts. To help businesses keep track of who moved forward with a bond election, the bond total and future projects, Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has compiled its annual bond report as a helpful resource for purchase. Here is a sample of some of the bond elections that were approved this week and will take place in May: 
City of Arlington 
The city of Arlington is adding an adult activity center and the adoption of a civil service system for firefighters to be voted on in May. The council is asking for $45 million to pay for the projects that would begin construction as early as 2020.  

The new facility, for adults 50 and over, will have a gymnasium, indoor track, aquatic center, kitchen, aqua-therapy, group fitness areas and lounges.

City of Lakeway 
Law enforcement officials in Lakeway may have a new home if a $23 million bond is approved on May 6. The new 31,000-square-foot facility would be located at the corner of Lohmans Crossing and Lohmans Spur. A third access route to the station will also be added for inmate transport and a private entryway for employees.  

The new facility would have added storage, a processing area for juveniles, additional parking, holding cells, employee lockers rooms and more. If approved, construction bids would take place in October and construction would begin in December. 
Lewisville Independent School District
As the student population continues to grow in Lewisville Independent School District so do the funds to accommodate them. A new elementary school and rebuilding College Street Elementary would alleviate some of the growth if residents approve a $737.6 million bond on May 6.
  
The funds would also add a new career center and multi-purpose facility for high school students, access to technology, additions, renovations, an indoor/outdoor practice facility and a music department. The list of items came from a recommendation from the Facilities Advisory Committee, a group of 89 residents and staff members from across the district.
Mansfield Independent School District
The Mansfield Independent School District will be adding a $275 million bond to the May 6 election. The largest portion of the bond will fund an elementary, intermediate and middle school to be built in the southeast portion of the district.

A total of $64 will cover repairs and renovations, lighting, security, technology, replacing roofs, playground equipment and heating and air conditioning. Construction could begin as early as 2018 on the middle and intermediate school. The design phase of the elementary school would begin in 2018 with a potential open date in the fall of 2020.
Alvord Independent School District
The Alvord Independent School Board of Trustees agreed to place a $13.6 million bond on the ballot in May.

Adding a classroom and shop space at the high school's vocational ag building is expected to cost $600,000. Construction of an administration building will run $500,000 and the demolition of a middle school campus will cost $2,500,000. Adding a wing of classrooms, gymnasium, music room, stage and bus drive to an elementary campus will carry a price tag of $5,880,000. Construction of a gymnasium and additional bathrooms will cost $3,400,000.
Tyler Independent School District
Two high schools in the City of Tyler are due for some additions and renovations and will get the green light to move forward with construction if voters approve a $198 million bond in May. John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools will receive safety and security upgrades to include single point of entry for visitor access.

Portables will be removed from the high schools and new and interactive spaces will be added, to include classrooms, laboratories and collaboration areas. Parking areas will be revised to address traffic flow and one high school will receive upgrades to their fine arts center while the other receives a new one.
City of Plano
Plano City Council members scheduled a $224.1 million bond election for May 6 to provide funding for improvements to streets, parks, public safety facilities and libraries.

The largest share of the bonds,$90.3 million, would be used to upgrade streets, followed by $78.9 million to be allotted to improve parks if voters approve the bonds. Also on the bond ballot is $29 million for public safety facilities, $12.5 million for upgrades to recreation centers, $10 million for library facilities and $3.6 million to preserve a historic home.
Wichita County
Parts of the Wichita County Jail date back to 1965 and this structure has such a long list of repairs due to age that the Wichita County Commissioners approved a $70 million bond election to remedy the problem. 
 
If the bond is approved by voters on May 6, the county will begin construction of a new jail and sheriff's office by the current jail annex on Central Freeway. In 2015, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards found and listed several repairs required by the state that needed attention. If the jail was ever shut down due to failing standards it would cost millions of dollars a year to send inmates to another facility.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Iain Vasey, President/CEO, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation

Iain Vasey
Career highlights and education: I have a BA (Hons) from University of Hull in England and a Master's Degree in Community & Regional Planning from Iowa State University. Also, Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council. Prior to my current position, I was Executive Director of Economic Development for the Baton Rouge Area, and before that I was a Vice President with Grubb & Ellis Company in Phoenix. Also in a prior life, I was Director of Business Development with the City of Las Vegas, and Economic Development Director for Glendale, Arizona. All told, been doing this for about 23 years on both the public and private sides.

What I like best about my job is: The absolute coolest thing about my job is that you get to see projects from inception, through the site selection competitive process, and then breaking ground, to when the company has hired their staff. The greatest thing is when you talk to people working at one of the projects you helped to secure, and know that they have a job, are raising their kids, paying their bills, because you got to play a small part in getting that company here. I like that there are no two days the same, I'm fortunate to be surrounded by a great staff and board of directors, as well as local stakeholders, everyone is pulling on the same rope - everyone wants Corpus Christi area to have a stronger economy, we all want the high paying jobs located here, and to insulate ourselves from future downturns. Everyone is invested, and everyone wants us to collectively succeed.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: I've received a lot of good advice from so many people, I try to listen and take it all in. This is what I try to live by though: Get as many people on board, then we hit the gas and go forward. Get everyone to see the vision of where we need to go, and then push as hard as possible to get there. Not everyone will be with us, some will fight against what we are trying to do no matter what it is, but know that in the end, you have to do the best you can to benefit the greatest number of people. If you're doing your job right, there will be people who will try to oppose you. It means you're actually doing something that will change things.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: I generally hire for positive attitude and intellectual curiosity, not always immediate skill set, we can train people on the skills much more than the attitude. I'm fortunate to have a senior-level staff that is really good at their jobs. I'd tell the new hire to listen to the experienced folks, they're good at what they do, learn from them. There are reasons we do things the way we do. So, I guess I'd say listen, absorb, pick the brains of people who have been around a while, read and investigate the topics. A couple of months ago, I got a handwritten note from a former team member who has gone on to bigger things, he wrote "You took the time to prepare me for a job I didn't know I wanted, or think I was qualified to get." When I first hired that guy, he was pretty green in the business, a real rookie, now I'd put him at the top of the list of the best next generation of economic developers. It's letters like that which make me happy on my hiring decisions.

If I ever left work early, I could probably be found: It's to pick up my daughter from school on the days I have her. I look forward to those days. I also have a small but tight circle of friends who I spend a lot of time with hanging out. I'd love to say it's to do exciting and interesting things, but in reality it's to spend time with my kid and my friends, we're big Marvel movies fans, so we spend a lot of time at the movie theater. I sound like such a nerd.

People would be surprised to know that I: People are really surprised to know I'm more than a typical "suit" in my downtime. I just got told that by a good friend a couple of months ago. Apparently a lot of people see me in a professional environment and just see the suit and buttoned down image. I guess I'm not exactly the flamboyant type at work. Outside of work, my typical attire is a pair of Converse and Superhero t-shirt, I love to drive my Jeep on the beach and have fun with my friends. I'm pretty intense and driven in my job, but outside of that I'm relatively easy going, the Yin and Yang principle I guess.

One thing I wish more people knew about my agency: 
For a relatively small agency, we do a lot of things that people don't always realize. I was talking with someone in local government recently, and they were surprised at many of the behind-the-scenes work we do with small businesses/entrepreneurs, and supporting organizations that directly help those folks. Everyone sees the big headlines, the big groundbreakings, but we do a million other little things that are just as important, but never get the attention they deserve. The other thing I wish people knew is that we are not just funded by government partners, a big chunk of our support comes from the private sector companies who support us growing the regional economy, and that there are hundreds of private sector partners, in addition to the public-sector folks, who support our efforts. I'd also say, if you're reading this, support your regional EDC's - you may not see what they're doing, but they do work to make your economies stronger.
Capital Factory, Austin's ecocenter for high tech startups, is inviting first-time start-up businesses to take on the "Quit Your Job Challenge." Strategic Partnerships, Inc. CEO Mary Scott Nabers, a mentoring partner with Capital Factory said, "The Texas economy was once dependent on oil and gas but now technology is a major driver of economic prosperity. As the state diversifies even more, it is good to see that there are incentives for entrepreneurs throughout the state. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs with big dreams."

The winning team will receive a $100,000 cash investment, one year of free co-working at Capital Factory, access to their partners and mentors and free hosting credits at Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
Calendar of Events

Feb. 28
The Eagle Ford Consortium will present their Regional Quarterly Update from 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Laredo Community College. Topics include workforce development initiatives, natural gas exports to Mexico, INVESCO world energy update, Raven Petroleum South Texas Energy and complex prospect update. 

Supporting partners for the update include La Salle County and Workforce Solutions South Texas. Registration is required for this free event The Eagle Ford Consortium represents 20 South Texas counties who collaborate, partners and address the community realities that will be a result of the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas exploration and plans for the sustainable future of those communities. Register here for the event.
Feb. 22 and 23
Join CityAge for "Build the Future" on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The conference provides an opportunity to understand and identify key markets and emerging opportunities; meet industry and government leaders; visit key markets and key contacts; and build collaboration and communication among individuals, organizations, professions, sectors and cities around the world. 

CityAge is a platform for ideas and business development, designed to enable new partnerships among the business, government and societal decision makers who are building the 21st Century. Register here  for the event.
Sept. 17-20
The Institute of Internal Auditors Southern Region Conference will take place from Sept. 17-20 at the Hilton Austin Hotel, located at 500 E 4th Street in Austin. The conference program offers attendees in the technology, state and local government, and medical industries cutting-edge, relevant information on core competencies and general audit, with new information on audit activities and industry hot topics. 

Attendees will master the newest technical audit skills and enhance interpersonal soft skills, vital to the growth and success of both the audit department and the organization. Register early, before July 17, and save $100.  
Feb. 27-March 1
The 2017 Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo (P3C) will be held Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas. The P3C offers education and networking opportunities to professionals exploring P3s and want to better understand how the model can address their project delivery needs. 

An audience of over 1,200 senior government leaders, higher education officers and industry development professionals provides a unique opportunity to network with prospective partners and clients in a development focused forum.

The 2017 program will examine trends in P3 delivery, provide granular case studies, host conversations with project owners and stakeholders and explore best practices and lessons learned. Visit the website to learn more. Register by Friday, Dec. 16, to save $200. 

By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

At Midwestern State University (MSU), it's not a matter of "If you build it, they will come." Rather, MSU officials have adopted an "If they can't come to us, we'll go to them" strategy.  They are going where the students are.

The Wichita Falls-based university recently unveiled a bold and unique partnership that offers an innovative plan designed to benefit working adults and place-bound students. MSU has partnered with North Central Texas College (NCTC), a Gainesville community college, and the two will jointly occupy a new education facility that is currently under construction.

It is not all that unusual for community colleges and four-year universities to partner in providing students a path to a bachelor's degree. Nor is it unusual for community colleges to occupy satellite facilities in neighboring communities to serve students who can't travel to the main campus.





Nederland resurfacing road for $6.3M
Nederland Avenue is getting $6.3 million of work done to fix poor drainage issues. The avenue will be resurfaced from U.S. 69 to Twin City Highway.

Nederland council members will vote on Feb. 27 or March 13 to formalize plans for the project. The city will issue a Certificate of Obligation since it has been deemed as an emergency issue. Construction will take place in January or February of 2018 and the resurfacing project is expected to take between four and six months. 

The resurfaced road will have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years and will reduce ongoing drainage problems.
Texas Tech renovates historic dairy barn for $2.6M
Texas Tech University officials approved $2.6 million to renovate a historic dairy barn used by the College of Agricultural Science to serve as a meeting area to promote creativity and solving problems. 

Designated as a state historical location, the dairy barn's interior will be renovated to create two large meeting areas on the first floor, said Interim Provost Michael Galyean. The plan also calls for replacing livestock stalls with loft spaces and offices, he said. 

College officials are using $1.3 million in donations and a matching grant from the office of the president to pay for the renovation.




Meet six of  SPI's newest team members
Strategic Partnerships, Inc., welcomes six new people to the SPI Team.  They add to the experienced, diverse team of professionals who provide clients with a distinctive competitive advantage related to business development in the expansive public sector marketplace. 

Beth Corbett
Beth Corbett, Managing Consultant for SPI, is a skilled public affairs executive with decades of experience in advocacy, communications, policy, strategy and business development. As a member of the Procurement Consulting Team, Beth brings a wealth of experience in numerous industry sectors. She has particular expertise in the areas of energy and power, transportation, healthcare and oil and gas. View Beth's complete bio.

Richard Stella
Richard Stella, Consultant for SPI, has a diverse set of skills that make him a valued member of the Consulting Team. His expertise includes criminal justice, risk assessment and security, technology, cybersecurity, infrastructure, public transportation and big data. Richard's experience at the state, federal and international levels of government along with his relationships and understanding of process are welcomed in strategy sessions. View Richard's complete bio.

Kristin Gordon
Kristin Gordon, Editor and Communications Strategist for SPI, writes and publishes two weekly digital newsletters - Texas Government Insider and Government Contracting Pipeline, which provide the latest insider information relevant to the business of government to very loyal readers each week. Kristin is a vital contributor to the firm's marketing and communications team, as well as part of communication strategy sessions for SPI clients. View Kristin's complete bio.

Gloria Leal, Consultant for SPI, is an attorney and a consultant with an abundance of experience in government affairs, energy and environmental law. Gloria began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the energy division of the agency. She also served in the transportation division of the Attorney General's office. Prior to her work there, she served seven years as International Regulatory & Special Counsel to the Commissioner and the Texas Department of Insurance.
As a consultant with specialized subject matter, coupled with her experience as a former consultant to federal and state regulatory entities including U.S. Department of Commerce, Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative's Office, Gloria is well positioned to provide valuable insight, guidance and assistance to clients of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
 View Gloria's complete bio.

Jeff Closson, Consultant for SPI, has a long history of public service. He spent almost 30 years delivering innovative solutions to meet the diverse requirements of state and local government agencies in Texas. He excels in providing the vision, leadership and focus to projects that require IT technical expertise and business knowledge. He is one of the SPI Team's subject matter experts for IT projects and is invaluable to the team when client strategy is being developed. View Jeff's complete bio

Mike Cardwell, Consultant for SPI, has a long history of public service. He spent almost 30 years delivering innovative solutions to meet the diverse requirements of state and local government agencies in Texas. He excels in providing the vision, leadership and focus to projects that require IT technical expertise and business knowledge. He is one of the SPI Team's subject matter experts for IT projects and is invaluable to the team when client strategy is being developed.
View Mike's complete bio.
Wallis lone finalist for Kirbyville CISD superintendent
Tommy Wallis
Kirbyville Consolidated Independent School District board members named Tommy Wallis as the lone finalist for superintendent. Board members, however, are still in negotiations regarding a final contract and starting date for Wallis. 

Most recently, Wallis served as an interim principal for Fort Bend ISD after resigning in September as superintendent for Bryan ISD.


Tomball ISD selects Salazar-Zamora as superintendent
Martha Salazar-Zamora
Tomball Independent School District trustees selected Martha Salazar-Zamora as the lone finalist for superintendent.

Chosen from a field of 29 candidates, Salazar-Zamora replaces Superintendent Hey Kinchen, who is retiring on March 31. She has served as the chief academic officer for Tomball ISD since 2014, as a deputy superintendent of curriculum and administration for Round Rock ISD, and an assistant superintendent for school support services for Houston ISD. During her 30 years in public education, Salazar-Zamora also was an area superintendent for Spring ISD, a superintendent for Kingsville ISD, a principal for Bishop ISD and a teacher at Alice ISD. 

Salazar-Zamora has a master's degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville and an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University.
Bastrop selects Humble as city manager
Lynda Humble
Bastrop city council members selected Lynda Humble as the new city manager. She will replace Mike Talbot, who resigned in June. 

Steve Adcock the public safety director, served as interim city manager until July 26. Council then appointed Marvin Townsend as interim city manager in August. 

Humble was a city manager in Rowlett, an assistant city manager of DeSoto and an interim city manager in Duncanville during her 25 years of public service.
Hudson retiring as deputy city manager 
Tommy T. Hudson
Deputy City Manager Tommy T. Hudson of Midland is retiring from that post after 23 years with the city. Hudson joined the city in 1994 as a management intern and has served as interim city manager and as an assistant city manager during his time with the city. 

City Manager Courtney Sharp has not yet announced a plan to replace Hudson.
Torrez resigns from Pflugerville ISD
Alex Torrez
Superintendent Alex Torrez of Pflugerville Independent School District agreed to resign immediately after agreeing to a separation agreement with the board of trustees. In December, Torrez had agreed to resign at the end of his contract in September and was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 12.

District officials did not release the terms of the separation agreement with Torrez, but agreed to begin a search for a new superintendent.




Baumgartner selected as League City manager
John Baumgartner
John Baumgartner won selection as city manager in League City. He had served as interim city manager since December 2016 following the termination of Mark Rohr, the previous city manager.

Baumgartner joined the city as an assistant city manager in August 2012. He previously worked in engineering, public works and planning for the cities of Allen, Addison and Killeen during his 28 years of service in the public sector. 

A registered professional engineer in Texas, Baumgartner holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho. He also attended the Public Executive Institute IX at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Gaskins to retire as superintendent from Refugio ISD
Jack Gaskins
After eight years leading Refugio Independent School District, Superintendent Jack Gaskins announced his plans to retire on May 31. 

District officials will accept applications for superintendent until March 2, The goal is to select a new superintendent by March 30.
Graham to retire as city manager in Temple
Jonathan Graham
City Manager Jonathan Graham of Temple informed city council members he is planning to retire on June 23. During his 28 years with the city, Graham served 25 years as city attorney and 3 years as the city manager. 

Council members plan to meet soon to discuss finding a new city manager to replace Graham.

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