Volume 17, Issue 6- Friday, February 8, 2019Optional Link
Abbott announces emergency items for Legislative Session
Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address this week and announced emergency items for lawmakers to consider. Legislative rules bar lawmakers from passing bills before the 60th day of a session, but with the governor's emergency designation, any bill on that topic can be considered immediately. 

Items at the top of the list for the 86th Legislative Session are school finance reform, increasing teacher pay and improving school safety. Abbott also called on the Legislature to tackle soaring property tax bills, the state's mental health needs and funding for Hurricane Harvey relief. View Abbott's State of the State address here
DCCCD trustees approve bond election for $1.1B
Dallas County Community College District's (DCCCD) board of trustees has scheduled a $1.1 billion bond election in May to fund new facilities and upgrade technology and workforce programs. 

The largest proposal on the bond ballot, totaling $535 million, is to build a new Dallas Education and Innovation Hub that would include a business training center and renovation of the El Centro College to create workforce and economic development. The bond proposal also includes $332 million for student-related instruction and success programs and $235 million for industry-aligned workforce projects and proposals. DCCCD's last bond program was approved by Dallas County voters 15 years ago in 2004 for $450 million.
El Paso weighing type of solicitation for architect, arena operator
El Paso city officials are in the process of preparing a proposal to hire an architect and arena operator to determine the cost and size of a proposed downtown Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Center. Voters in 2012 approved $473.2 million in bonds for quality of life projects that included $180 million for the multipurpose arena. The project was delayed, however, by a lawsuit filed by residents who oppose locating the proposed arena in their historic neighborhood near the downtown convention center. Even though the lawsuit is ongoing, the city is allowed to issue a proposal to begin the design phase of the project, according to Sam Rodriguez, the city engineer. 

The estimated cost of the arena has risen since 2012 from $180 million to approximately $250 million. A ruling late last year from the Third Court of Appeals in Austin allows the city to use sources other than the bond issue to pay for the additional costs for the arena. City officials have created a team comprised of members from the offices of the city attorney, city manager and chief financial officer. These individuals are in the process of deciding which type of solicitations will be issued for the arena project. These assigned decision makers are also weighing whether to propose that the architect and construction contractor are hired as a team or to request separate proposals from architects, contractors and arena operators.
$345M bond election set for May in Frisco
The Frisco City Council has approved holding a $345 million bond election in May to upgrade roads, public safety, public works and to renovate a library. The largest of the propositions is $155 million to improve streets and intersections, create a downtown pedestrian plaza and to purchase and install new traffic light signals. 

If the bond is approved, the police headquarters will be remodeled, and a new fire station will be built at a cost of $62.5 million. A $62 million relocation and renovation of the Frisco Public Library will also take place at the Beal Building located next to the Frisco Discovery Center at 8000 Dallas Parkway. The renovation would allow the library to move out of City Hall and have a larger space. Another $53.5 million will fund Phase I of a sports center, acquire land for hike and bike trails and for offices, and an education center for the parks and recreation system.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Carine Feyten, President/Chancellor, Texas Woman's University
Carine Feyten

Career Highlights and Education: After earning my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Belgium from one of the oldest universities in Europe, I moved to the United States and pursued a doctorate in second language acquisition/foreign language education at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa. I have always been fascinated by communication across linguistic and ethnic boundaries. My research focused on listening skills and their relationship to language learning. I did a considerable amount of professional development for foreign language and ESL teachers in Florida school districts and also loved the research side of faculty life. I pursued further leadership roles in my department, ultimately became associate dean of the College of Education, and in total spent 23 years at USF. I was recruited to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as dean of the College of Education, Health and Society for eight years before joining Texas Woman's University in July 2014. Now into my fifth year here, I can report that we have received our two largest gifts in our more than 116-year history; we are just past the middle of the largest construction program in more than 45 years; we have established the Institute for Women's Leadership, which includes centers that are focused on developing women leaders in business as well as in politics and public policy; and most impressive to me, The Economist ranked Texas Woman's No. 2 in Texas (and 45th out of 1,275 universities in the nation) for the value we add to our graduates earnings.  

What I like best about my public service is: I get to see the breadth of opportunities ahead in higher education, in particular, for women who attain a college degree who might not otherwise go to college if it was not for keeping costs low and the expectation for excellence high. I love to see that my high-level work translates into tangible outcomes when I look at the faces of our students who diligently pursue a life-changing higher education credential. Their joy is contagious and energizing.

The best advice I've received for my current role is: If you're not at the table, you might be on the menu; if you're at the head of the table, even better. When I show up, I am ready to contribute, to listen, to amplify the ideas of other women at the table, and to make decisions. Sometimes groups have a tendency to overanalyze and become too cerebral. In his book "Blink," Malcolm Gladwell explains how there is another part of the brain, the "gut-feeling" part, that humans use to good effect all the time without knowing it. I am more deliberate about making decisions using that part of my brain.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: We convey only 7 percent of communication via words; 93 percent is through everything else. Make sure you're aware of the "everything else" because it can amplify your words when congruent or detract otherwise.

If I had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: Cooking at home with my husband, responding to e-mail (a president's work is never done), or better yet riding my bicycle. I've been cycling all over the globe and love experiencing the world around at the pace of a bike ride. When it's cold outside, I also enjoy hopping on my Peloton or otherwise staying active through my TRX workout or Tai Chi.

People would be surprised to know that I: Can relate every situation in life to a Star Trek episode, especially TNG and Voyager; it's today's politics through a 24th-century lens. There are so many ways of looking at a situation, and I most enjoy looking out at the world through the high-tech or sci-fi window, so to speak.

One thing I wish more people knew about Texas Woman's University: We have the feel of a private campus at the cost of a public university (because we are public, and yes, we admit men into all of our programs). The gender-ratio of nearly 90 percent women gives TWU more leverage for women's leadership development compared to a university with gender parity because our female students have more opportunities to step into leadership roles or even to just raise their hands in class. That leadership development also translates out into the workforce. Men, too, learn to navigate the nuances of working with women leaders and to leverage the strengths of women in leadership roles in the workforce and in society.
NCTCOG to provide $33M settlement update for Dallas-Fort Worth
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) officials plan to provide an update on the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust and summarize 2019 air quality funding opportunities at an upcoming meeting. NCTCOG will also provide an update on high-speed rail service from Dallas to Fort Worth and Fort Worth to Laredo, as well as the advancement of first and last-mile connections to rail systems. 

In 2016, courts determined Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by deliberately selling diesel vehicles equipped with technologies that tricked emissions testing. Texas will receive approximately $209 million from the settlement and of that amount, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to receive $33 million. The settlement funding is to be used to mitigate pollution caused by the automaker's diesel vehicles that were designed to trick emissions testing that resulted in vehicles releasing up to 40 times more pollution than allowed under federal regulations. The public meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the NCTCOG's office in Arlington.
Texas Water Development Board approves $11.4M to the city of San Juan
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved more than $11.4 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the city of San Juan. 

The city will use the funds, with a portion provided as a loan and the rest in loan forgiveness, for design and construction costs associated with rehabilitating and replacing equipment at its wastewater treatment plant. Improvements will also include a new office/control and laboratory building and a new supervisory control and data acquisition system. The TWDB previously funded more than $1.2 million for this project. 

The city will also replace and increase the capacity of one lift station and install approximately 5,000 feet of force main. The TWDB previously funded $445,000 for this project.
San Antonio searching for security operations center to protect data
San Antonio city officials are working with CPS Energy, San Antonio Water System and VIA Metropolitan Transit officials to secure a building to establish a security operations center (SOC) where its computer infrastructure will be constantly monitored in real time. The plan is for trained agents to monitor all internet operations and to quickly identify threats to the water supply, electric grid or phishing attempts aimed at the city's 13,000 employees, many of which use cell phones as well as computers to access data they need, according to Patsy Boozer, the chief information security officer for the city. 

The proposed SOC will work with current data security operations already used by each of the participants to protect its computer data. The San Antonio Water System has plans to roll out smart meters in the coming years, which will likely be connected to the internet as well. Agencies in the proposed SOC plan to initiate information sharing and analysis of threat data as a group but will separate data streams for each participant for security purposes. Once the SOC is in operation, city staff expect to leverage software with artificial intelligence that could identify problems in network traffic more quickly, alert agents about potential hacks and reduce the prevalence of malware.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases voluntary cybersecurity practices 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Health Sector Coordinating Council has released cybersecurity guidelines to assist health care providers and inform best practices. Entitled "Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients," the guidelines are divided into sections for small, medium and large health care providers, recognizing that security programs will vary with the size, resources and information technology capacity of organizations. This approach is a core premise of the HIPAA Security Rule. 

The guidelines address five cybersecurity events identified as the highest threats to health care organizations. Those threats include e-mail phishing attacks, ransomware attacks, loss or theft of equipment or data, data loss and attacks against connected medical devices with patient safety ramifications. The guidelines also provide an outline for prioritizing and implementing the cybersecutiry practices, along with policy templates and links to other resources. 

A report that accompanied the guidelines provides data that the average data breach cost per health care record is $408, with $2.2 million as the average cost of a data breach for health care organizations. The report highlights the increase in the number and sophistication of cybersecurity attacks in 2016 and 2017, emphasizing that not only large but small organizations are at risk because hackers assume that smaller entities are more vulnerable to attack.
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Pearland considers $80M bond election 
Pearland City Council is expected to vote on Feb. 11 on whether to go forward with an $80 million bond referendum on the May 4 ballot.  

The bond package would support $19.5 million for the Bailey Road project, which would widen the two-land roadway to a four-lane boulevard, and $1.1 million for traffic improvements to parts of Pearland Parkway. The package would provide money for a $14 million, 21,000-square-foot animal shelter and cover the first phase of a $1.3 million burn building for firefighter training. A large portion of the bond would assist with drainage work including $17.3 million in street reconstruction and drainage improvements to the Willowcrest subdivision.
Del Rio to spend $18M on water projects
Earlier this year, the city of Del Rio received approval from the Texas Water Development Board for three loans totaling $18 million. The city has elected to utilize these committed funds in two phases. A total of $12 million will fund sewer and trunk line improvements and $6 million is for water line improvements. The trunk line improvements will serve the city's north side and carry wastewater south to the city Silver Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

The city has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to have designers and consultants provide the best ways to improve wastewater treatment plants at Silver Lake and the San Felipe Plant on Guyler Lane. At the end of February, city staff will make a recommendation to the city council as to which contractor is the best to help with plans and specs, designs and construction contract management in the future. The Del Rio City Council recently approved a resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue, in one or more series, combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation to be sold to the Texas Water Development Board.
San Antonio solicits RFQ for Alameda Theater
Photo courtesy: City of San Antonio Alameda Theater
The city of San Antonio - in partnership with Texas Public Radio and Bexar County - issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for construction management services to renovate the historical Alameda Theater into a multimedia complex. The deadline for submitting the RFQ is Aug. 6. Once renovated, the theater will include space for performing arts, a film center featuring the American Latino-Multicultural story and a headquarters and broadcasting space for Texas Public Radio. 

The city and county each agreed to provide $9 million towards the renovation project. Texas Public Radio has agreed to pay $5 million and the Alameda Theater Conservancy has committed to fund any additional construction costs through private fundraising. The conservancy has selected two companies to perform design work for the Alameda Theater project. Once construction begins, the renovation of the theater is expected to be completed in two years.
Fairfield eyeing bond options to replace City Hall
Fairfield City Council members are eyeing four options to issue bonds to pay for upgrading facilities and streets. The four options for the bonds range from $1.2 million to $5 million. 

Projects that could be funded if council members issue the bonds are to buy the Navarro College Campus and transform it into the new City Hall or build one from the ground up. The bonds would also fund upgrades to streets and street lighting, the addition of a restroom at the fairgrounds and building a concession stand and restroom at the soccer field.
Denison to issue bonds for water projects
The Denison City Council agreed to issue $5.72 million in bonds to pay for a new water line and to relocate an elevated tower at the North Texas Regional Airport. The new water line is needed to meet growth in areas near a medical center located along U.S. 75, according to the public works director. Construction of the proposed "Katy Trail" water line project will see the construction of the new water main alongside the construction of new hiking and biking paths along the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad right of way. 

The new water line should be completed in 18 months once the bonds are issued. Currently, the area receives water services via two major water lines, but one of these mains uses aging infrastructure and needs to be replaced in the near future. This new water line will help provide a level of redundancy in the event that the other mains are taken offline.
Texas State Parks introduces new, improved reservation system
Photo courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Texas State Parks officials unveiled an upgraded reservation system that will allow visitors to reserve specific campsites, cabins and shelters as well as purchase and renew a park pass online. Park visitors will be able to buy a "Save the Day" pass to help address the growing number of visitors unable to get into popular state parks such as Balmorhea State Park, Garner State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Brazos Bend State Park and the Government Canyon State Natural Area, according to Rodney Franklin, director of Texas States Parks. 

The new reservation system provides the option to purchase day use passes up to one month in advance to guarantee access to parks during busy weekends and holidays. Visitors can search for sites by specific parks and site types, see photos of the site before making their decision and see details for each site including utilities, parking pad length and width, and amount of shade. Parkgoers can also renew or purchase a Texas State Parks Pass online. With a Texas State Parks Pass, an entire vehicle of guests gets unlimited visits to more than 90 Texas State Parks with no entry fee for 12 months. More Information is available here.
Texarkana airport requesting $37M for new terminal
The board of the Texarkana Regional Airport Authority agreed to hire a grant writer and consultant to help in seeking funding from the Texas Legislature this year to build a new $37 million terminal and other capital projects. In addition to serving three daily commercial flights to Dallas, the airport is used by the Red River Army Depot. 

The final design for the proposed 38,000-square-foot terminal is expected to be completed in August and airport officials will be able to deliver final financial estimates to the Federal Aviation Administration for construction grant funding. Construction on the terminal could begin as early as 2020 and completed by 2025 if the efforts by the airport authority are successful in their efforts to win grant funding, according to Airport Director Mark Mellinger.
Texas Historical Commission allots grants to fund courthouse preservation
Texas Historical Commission (THC) officials allotted almost $1.2 million in grant funds to be awarded to 25 counties to assist in the preservation of historic courthouses. Of the 50 counties offered the opportunity for grant assistance to undertake this master planning effort, 26 submitted funding requests. These 50 counties have a previously approved courthouse preservation master plan but have not yet been successful in receiving full courthouse restoration funding from the THC's Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP), according to Sharon Fleming, director of the THCPP. 

Each of the counties receiving grants is required to make a $5,000 local match to fund the courthouse preservation project. Counties receiving the grant awards are: Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Chambers, Clay, Coleman, Collin, Duval, Frio, Grayson, Hall, Hutchinson, Jefferson, Kimble, Kleberg, Limestone, Mason, McLennan, Randall, Robertson, Taylor, Upshur, Willacy and Wise counties. Consultation between the counties, their preservation consultants, and the THC will begin immediately, with the goal of having a revised master plan by the end of 2019 that assesses the building's current conditions and makes appropriate recommendations to update and preserve each courthouse. The total outstanding financial need to preserve these 25 courthouses is estimated to be over $100 million.
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Join over 1,250 senior representatives from governments, higher education institutions and leading firms in the global construction and financial markets. The conference attracts professionals from all corners of the industry and provides a valuable opportunity to facilitate new partnerships with industry peers and public sector partners. Attendees will discover new alternative project delivery methods, strategies for implementing successful P3 projects, the nuts and bolts of how deals work, and how to manage risks associated with legal and financial frameworks. 

Attendees will participate in interactive panels, workshops, and conversations specifically tailored to the needs of public agencies evaluating P3s. The conference is designed for all levels in the market including those beginning to explore P3s and seeking to better understand where alternative and accelerated project delivery methods can be applicable.

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

Growth and change are descriptors common to colleges and universities throughout the country. That's where the focus is...but managing the two is almost impossible without an abundance of human effort and financial investment.  

It would be hard to find individuals anywhere who disagree with the importance of higher education, but public funding has not kept up with campus and teaching needs. University executives scramble every year to cobble together revenue from dozens of sources and that will obviously continue in 2019. 

The largest growth in higher education spending for the past fiscal year was in California, where the state authorized a 12 percent increase. The state of Florida invested in higher education with a 9 percent increase in funding. North Carolina and Illinois both recorded 6 percent increases and Georgia rounded out the top five states with a spending increase of 5.5 percent, according to a recent Illinois State University study

As campuses experience record growth, the need for more resources and facilities increases. Facilities for housing and teaching students are big ticket items and almost every campus has a decade of deferred maintenance that must be addressed. Technology upgrades are also high on the list of priorities for all schools. There will be high demand in 2019 for construction firms, developers and technology providers that serve colleges and universities.  

North Carolina Central University has announced a variety of projects. Officials hope to break ground on three new residential buildings, a $38 million business school and a $47 million student center. Officials will not rely solely on state funding. The 8,200 member student body approved an increase in student fees that will also generate revenue. A new business school will be paid for largely with proceeds from bonds and three new residential facilities will be built through a public-private partnership (P3).

Phillips reappointed as executive commissioner of HHSC
Courtney Phillips
Courtney Phillips was reappointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC). Phillips became the executive commission in October 2018. Her new term will expire on Feb. 1, 2021. 

Phillips previously served as the chief executive officer for the Department of Health and Human Services in Nebraska. Before the appointment is finalized, she must be confirmed by the Texas Senate.
Paup reappointed to Texas Water Development Board
Brooke Paup
Brooke Paup of Austin has been reappointed to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for a term to expire on Feb. 1, 2025. The agency is responsible for planning, providing financial and technical assistance and leadership in developing water resources in Texas. 

Previously the director of legislative affairs for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Paup has served as the deputy division chief of intergovernmental relations and a special assistant for policy and research for the Office of the Attorney General. Paup was initially appointed to the TWDB in February 2018. Her reappointment must be confirmed by the Texas Senate before it is finalized.

Sullivan reappointed as commissioner of insurance
Kent Sullivan
Gov. Greg Abbott has reappointed Kent Sullivan to serve another term as commissioner of insurance that will expire on Feb. 1, 2021. 

He has served as insurance commissioner since October 2017. Sullivan previously was a justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, first assistant attorney general at the Texas Office of the Attorney General and a state district judge.
Kauffman reappointed as inspector general
Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman
Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman has been reappointed as the inspector general for Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) for a term to expire on Feb. 1, 2020. She has served in that post since January 2018. 

Previously, Kauffman served as the principal deputy inspector general for Health and Human Services and in various strategic leadership roles at the Inspector General's Office and at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Her appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

Peaster ISD weighing plans for $20.7M upgrade
Trustees for the Peaster Independent School District are weighing options for projects totaling more than $20.7 million to add new classrooms to a junior high school in addition to a new practice gym and field house. 

Current plans call for adding 12 classrooms, two science labs and more restrooms at the existing junior high school. Two options have been presented that would add 25,933 square feet, for a capacity of 300 students at the school. 

Trustees are still in the process of selecting two options for a gymnasium. One would be a 15,063-square-foot practice gym that would seat up to 300 people. The other possibility would be for a 17,563-square-foot competition gym to seat 500. Board members are contemplating whether to schedule a bond election to fund the expansion to accommodate enrollment growth at the school district.
Gelles named city administrator of Hitchcock
Marie Gelles
Marie Gelles has been selected to become the first city administrator to serve in that post since the Hitchcock city council eliminated that position early in the 1990s. 

Gelles was previously the city manager in Castroville from 2016 until she resigned in June 2018. In addition, she formerly held the title of city manager in the cities of Helotes and Cuero. Gelles also worked in the budget and finance department for the city of San Antonio.

Ramirez resigning as assistant city manager
Helen Ramirez
Assistant City Manager Helen Ramirez of Hutto is resigning from that post effective on Feb. 15 to become the deputy city manager in Brownsville. She will start her new position on March 4. 

Ramirez spent 20 years in city planning, including 10 in the private sector. She joined Hutto in 2015 serving as the director of development services then working her way up until her promotion to assistant city manager. City Manager Odis Jones plans to select a deputy city manager to replace Ramirez from his current executive leadership team.
Baker joins Parker County's EDC
Allison Baker
Allison Baker has been selected as the new chief business development officer for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Parker County. Baker was appointed in October 2018 as the interim coordinator of the Parker County EDC after Tim Von Kennel left his post as the first executive director of the organization. 

She is resigning from the Planning and Zoning Commission in Weatherford and on the boards of a few non-profit organizations to focus on her new duties.

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments/reappointments from Feb. 1-Feb. 7:

Cassie Brown
- Austin, Commissioner of Workers' Compensation (reappointed)
JD Robertson
- Wimberly, Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (reappointed)
D'Wayne Jernigan- Del Rio, Board of Pardons and Paroles (reappointed)
Carmella Jones
- Sweeny, Board of Pardons and Paroles (reappointed)
Connie Almeida, Ph.D.
- Richmond, Family and Protective Services Council 
Bonnie Hellums- Houston, Family and Protective Services Council (chair)
Melissa Hamilton- Austin, Public Counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel (reappointed)
Texas State Auditor's Office- A Summary Report on Full-time Equivalent State Employees for Fiscal Year 2018
Texas State Auditor's Office- Audit Report on Certification of the Permanent School Fund's Bond Guarantee Program for Fiscal Year 2018
Legislative Budget Board- Summary of Recommendations Presentations, Senate Appropriations Committee
Texas House of Representatives House Research Organization- Focus on State Finance
Texas Health and Human Services:
- Presentation to the Senate Finance Committee
- State Hospital Redesign
- Procurement Update
- Medicaid Overview
Texas State Securities Board- Enforcement Report for 2018: Blind Faith, Fraud and Millions of Dollars Lost

Dozens of public-sector jobs are available. Click here to view all job openings and guidelines for job submissions to SPI. New jobs added this week: 
  • City of Westlake- Assistant Town Manager
  • City of Hutto- Procurement Manager
  • City of Garland- Public-Private Partnerships Coordinator
  • City of Huntsville- Grants Manager
  • City of Lubbock- Museum Director Buddy Holly Center
  • City of Hurst- Residential Building Inspector
  • City of Levelland- Director of Finance
  • Texas Department of Information Resources- Auditor III
  • Texas Department of Banking- Financial Examiner I Assistant Bank Examiner
  • Texas Department of Public Safety- Employment Background Investigator
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board- Systems Analyst VI
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation- Deputy Executive Director I
  • Texas State Securities Board- Financial Examiner I
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife- Emergency Management Program Coordinator
  • Texas Facilities Commission- Custodian II Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Texas Department of Agriculture- Contract Specialist
  • Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs- Housing Choice Voucher Regional Coordinator in the Community Affairs Section 8 Division
  • Office of the Texas Governor- Deputy Appointments Director I
  • Trinity River Authority- Maintenance Mechanic II in Dallas
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