Volume 17, Issue 26 - Friday, July 12, 2019 Optional Link
Texas Capitol Complex rendering
A $895 million renovation is reshaping downtown Austin as the Texas Capitol Complex Plan consolidates all state agencies into 1.5 million square feet of space in four new buildings north of the Capitol.

The first phase of the plan started in 2018. The $581.2 million phase features one new 416,000-square-foot office building at 1601 Congress Ave., another new 603,000-square-foot office building at 1801 Congress Ave., and five levels of underground parking that will form the base of a tree-lined pedestrian mall. This gateway to the Capitol Complex will have public green space for tourism, events, and festivals. Phase One is scheduled to begin occupancy in 2021 with completion in May 2022.

Phase Two, which recently received $313.7 million from the past legislative session, includes buildings on 15th Street and Lavaca Street sites to bring an additional 525,000 gross square feet of office space and 2,550 parking spaces to the Capitol Complex. This phase is set to begin in late 2022 and conclude in July 2025.

Phase Three will add two more state office buildings to the complex. A schedule and cost estimate are to be determined.

A decision on which agencies will be located in the new buildings has not been finalized. Staff at the Texas Facilities Commission plan to begin working with agencies currently located in leased office space to determine future space needs and discuss office space assignments this fall.

At project completion, the state of Texas will be able to retire all current remaining leases in the Austin area at a savings of $7.5 million annually, according to the master plan.
Texas Transportation Commissioners are warning state legislators on Capitol Hill that the state's contracting authority could be cut by the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2016. If approved by Congress, the state's 10 percent allocation from the $7.5 billion in unobligated contract authority could be rescinded.

Chairman Bruce Bugg wrote a letter to the Texas delegation asking for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to maintain some oversight as to which funding categories will be affected, if the rescission is enacted.

The agency's $30 billion budget for 2020-2021 will set $12.1 billion for maintenance, $9.4 billion for project execution, and $5.3 billion for project development.
City of El Paso
El Paso City Council on July 10 unanimously approved a record $940 million bond referendum that would fund public safety and road maintenance projects. The council voted unanimously on the amount and 6-2 in favor of placing it on the November ballot.

Police department administrators are requesting a new headquarters, new central and eastern regional command centers, and combined downtown command centers. El Paso Fire Department leadership is seeking new facilities in the western and eastern sections of the city. The city's public health department also is exploring a move to a new facility.

Almost 675 miles of roadways are due for resurfacing, and several other thoroughfares require reconstruction. City staff will gather more information about the list of streets in need of reconstruction and present that data to City Council at a later date.

A timeline for the projects is to be determined.
Alamo Colleges District sets bar for quality with Baldrige award
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, second from right, recognizes the Alamo Colleges District as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner. Accepting the honors, from left, are trustees Dr. Yvonne Katz, Marcelo Casillas, and Roberto Zarate.
Alamo Colleges District administrators are celebrating the district's achievement of a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA). The presidential-level honor recognizes performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership.

The district is one of five recipients this year and is the first community college district to earn this distinction in the history of the award, which was established in 1988.

To be eligible for the award, organizations must undergo intensive examinations of their business processes using the Baldrige Excellence Framework. District leaders hosted examiners from the Baldrige Foundation at the district's five colleges and identified strengths and weaknesses in leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, knowledge management, workforce focus, operations focus, and results.

At a special ceremony recently, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) recognized the Alamo Colleges District for its distinctive achievement and presented a plaque of congratulations and a U.S. flag which has flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to Board of Trustees Chair Marcelo Casillas and trustees Dr. Yvonne Katz and Roberto Zarate.

This isn't the district's first award for quality. Its District Support Operations (DSO) and four of its colleges earned the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) from the Quality Texas Foundation.
Potter County commissioners move forward on plan for new courthouse
Potter County District Courts Building
After securing $54 million in certificates of obligation earlier this year, Potter County commissioners recently approved a $4 million contract for design services for a new county courthouse building.

Architects will be responsible for developing the courthouse design as well as construction and bid documents.

The $64 million project would build a new courts building to address security, sewer, HVAC system, and tile issues at the current Potter County District Courts Building, which county officials identified as their No. 1 priority in the county's strategic plan.

County officials said they expect to solicit bids for the construction project in March 2020.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Ariel Elliott, Superintendent, Greenwood ISD
Ariel Elliott

Career highlights and education: 
I earned my bachelor's degree from Sul Ross State University and my master of arts in educational leadership from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

I had the privilege of leaving college early to take the Fort Hancock ISD job of a coach who was deployed to Desert Storm. Those experiences at Fort Hancock ISD were vital to my development as a teacher and coach. I spent three years working with the Mustangs, which included a state championship in football.

I then moved to Greenwood ISD where I have worked for the past 26 years. I have taught a variety of social studies courses as well as coached football, boys basketball, girls basketball, track, and tennis.

I have had the privilege to work with many talented young people and their parents. I have also been so blessed to be surrounded with many amazing co-workers who helped me grow as a teacher, as a coach, and as a leader.
 
What I like best about my public service: I love having an impact on our community through working with our most important resource - our kids!  

The best advice I have received for my current job: The best advice I have received is from Dr. Bob Thompson who said, "My way is a way, not the way." He also gave me the advice that it is "their kids, their school, and their money." These are both great things to remember in my daily walk as a public school superintendent. 

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: Don't take yourself or your job too seriously. You are much more than just a superintendent. Make your family, your faith, and your health a priority.
 
If I ever had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: I would be found spending time with my beautiful wife, Shay, my sons Brandon and Blake, and Brandon's wife, Sharon. 

People would be surprised to know that I: If it were more convenient, I would spend every day away from the office on a beach somewhere. 

One thing I wish more people knew about Greenwood ISDI wish more people knew how supportive our community is to those of us who work with its kids. We have a very unique community that is centered on our public school district.

The University of Texas at Austin campus
The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted unanimously on July 9 to establish a $160 million endowment that will completely fund tuition and fees for students from households earning up to $65,000 a year and provide partial tuition assistance to students from households earning up to $125,000 a year. The funding will begin in fall 2020.

This support is expected to provide financial aid to a fifth of the university's total enrollment with full tuition coverage for 8,600 undergraduate students a year and tuition assistance for 5,700 students.

The financial aid will come from a Permanent University Fund distribution and be used to expand the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advance Commitment program for in-state undergraduate students. The fund includes oil and gas royalties from state-owned land in West Texas. The Texas Advance Commitment does not draw from loans or require reimbursement from students.
Houston leaders weighing $100M request for I-45 contribution
State transportation officials are requesting $100 million from the Houston-Galveston Area Council for future I-45 improvements.
Members of the Transportation Policy Council of the Houston-Galveston Area Council are weighing a request from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to contribute $100 million to a 3-mile section of the Interstate 45 rebuilding project.

Some policy council members hesitated financially supporting the estimated $1.22 billion project that they have not seen while others feared losing the TxDOT project entirely because of a lack of local support.

TxDOT's plans for the I-45 improvements would connect Houston's Midtown and downtown, remove the elevated Pierce Street entirely, and bury parts of the freeway.

The Transportation Policy Council is set to meet July 26 to make a decision about the request. If approved, council funds would not be transferred to TxDOT until construction starts, which is expected to be in early 2024.
Sugar Land council forming project list for $89.8M bond referendum
Sugar Land City Hall
Councilmembers in Sugar Land are discussing their priority projects as they develop a bond package to put on the November ballot.

Totaling almost $90 million, items under consideration include proposed drainage projects for $47 million, public safety and public facility projects for $32.9 million, and street projects for $9.86 million.

Some of the projects are the construction of a Chimneystone subdivision drainage channel and Acacia Drive trunk line for $16.5 million, an emergency operations center and dispatch facility for $11.5 million, and a public safety training facility for $10 million.

Councilmembers are set to review of all the proposed items and corresponding timelines at their July 23 workshop. To place the bond package on the November ballot, the City Council must call the election by Aug. 19.
Hutto council approves Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2019 
Hutto councilmembers on July 3 unanimously approved the city's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for fiscal year 2019-2020, highlighted by $46.5 million in infrastructure needs. 

The CIP schedules capital projects under several categories including $27.43 million for transportation and drainage, $9.29 million for parks and recreation, $5.5 million for water and wastewater, and $4 million for city facilities.

Some of the specific projects focus on the city's Justice Center, Carmel Crossing Wastewater Receptor, Hutto Lake Park Trail and Cottonwood Trail, FM 1660 intersection enhancements, road paving, and traffic signal maintenance.
Bailey Lapham
Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) recently welcomed Bailey Lapham to its team of consulting and research experts.

Lapham directs SPI's business development and marketing initiatives. She joined the team after working for a number of years at a law firm that served government agencies at various jurisdictional levels.

She has a degree in urban and regional planning from Texas State University and a keen interest in government. She honed her leadership skills serving as a liaison between contractors, vendors, public officials, and industry organizations.

Lapham's marketing, outreach, event coordination, and project management experience is an asset not only to the SPI team but also to clients of the company. Email her at blapham@spartnerships.com.
Lufkin ISD begins school upgrades
Lufkin ISD (LISD) is authorizing contractors to go out for bids on upgrades to Lufkin Middle School, one of several projects approved in the district's $75 million bond in May 2018. On July 9, the LISD Board of Trustees received updates on the district's renovations to the campus.

Plans call for 308,000 square feet using some of the current school space while updating it to a more contemporary design. Administrators also have added an outdoor pavilion to the campus design by retrofitting the school's original gym by demolishing its walls and retaining its support beams and roof. Additional classrooms and labs, a new competition gym, a practice gym, boys' locker rooms, and weight room are planned for the campus.

Officials said they anticipate finalizing plans for the middle school by November and breaking ground before the winter break. Construction is expected to take three years.
Cleburne secures $42M from TWDB for wastewater treatment plant
Cleburne wastewater treatment plant
The city of Cleburne is set to receive $42 million from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for planning, acquiring, designing, and constructing wastewater system improvements.

The board approved a resolution June 24 to assist Cleburne with a $41 million loan and $1 million in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. In addition to the loan forgiveness, city officials could save about $8.4 million by using the fund.

City officials said they plan to make improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant by increasing overall capacity and reuse capacity for both indirect potable reuse and direct nonpotable reuse. The project also will include construction of a new pump station and pipeline.
Abbott seeks disaster declaration for Rio Grande Valley counties 
Rio Grande Valley flooding in 2018
Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to President Trump on July 10 requesting a presidential disaster declaration for Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties that were impacted by storms June 24 that caused widespread damage and flooding.

This event comes almost one year after what the National Weather Service called "The Great Flood" in this same location.

On July 6, 2018, a major disaster declaration was issued for Cameron, Hidalgo, and Jim Wells counties in response to severe storms and flooding. This declaration provided individual assistance to these counties; however, more than $60 million in infrastructure damages went unanswered, Abbott wrote in his letter.

If granted, residents of these counties would be eligible for individual assistance including the Individuals and Households Programs (IHP), Other Needs Assistance (ONA), crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal assistance, disaster case management, direct federal assistance, and hazard mitigation.
Smith County eyes Tyler courthouse facelift in $25M downtown project
Smith County commissioners are considering building improvements in downtown Tyler that could include a new courthouse and facelift for the area.

The county authorized a contract with an architectural firm July 9 to develop a facilities assessment and plan for restoration, renovation, and construction of courthouse facilities, annexes, county offices, and green spaces owned by the county.

A year prior, the firm released a concept that envisions a downtown makeover into a walkable attraction. Last fall, a county-led coalition began exploring downtown development options.

The firm's president estimated the project cost, which could include streetscaping and a new parking garage, at $25 million. He said he would work with the city of Tyler and county to apply for a $20 million federal grant application to offset the costs.
Cibolo OKs reinvestment zone for city's 2nd industrial park 
A new reinvestment zone took effect July 1 after Cibolo City Council members approved a request from the city's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for its creation.

The intent behind the request is to create a reinvestment zone that would allow for the development of the city's second industrial park. Cibolo's existing industrial park near FM 1103 is almost built out.

The reinvestment zone will be on 160 acres at Santa Clara Road and Interstate 10. It will be valid for five years with the option to renew in five-year increments.

EDC marketing materials tout the city's frontage on interstates 35 and 10, its proximity to San Antonio and Austin airports, and its immediate access to the Eagle Ford Shale.
EVENTS CALENDAR
TASSCC 2019 Annual Conference
August 11-14 / Fort Worth, Texas
The Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications (TASSCC) invites public sector IT professionals to join TASSCC to celebrate its 42nd Anniversary Conference from Aug. 11-14 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 1300 Houston St., in Fort Worth, Texas.

This year's theme is "Steerin' IT to New Frontiers." TASSCC will explore how Texas government can help navigate and steer technology into a new direction and take a look ahead to see what the future holds for public sector technology. Global futurist, speaker, and author Jack Uldrich is the keynote speaker.

Experienced public sector IT professionals consider the TASSCC Annual Conference to be one of the best and most affordable opportunities for learning and sharing in Texas. Because the conference focuses on the unique opportunities and problems that we face in delivering services to citizens, this event has earned a loyal following of participants.

Early bird registration is available through July 13 at $550 for full government members, $625 for non-members in government, and $700 for associate members.

For more information or to register, click here.
Save the date for DIR conference
Oct. 3, 2019 / Austin, Texas
Mark your calendar to attend the DIR Technology Forum 2019 on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Commons Learning Center, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758.

Journey to the Cloud: How to Get There is the theme of this year's forum, a free one-day, two-track conference for public sector IT leaders. Plan to attend educational sessions on strategic issues, technology updates, and DIR solutions and services.

More than 200 attendees from a wide variety of Texas state agencies and universities are expected to attend. The free event is open to any current Texas government or public sector staff member interested in information technology issues. Pre-registration is required and opens in early July. The cancellation deadline is Sep. 27; a $50 fee will be charged for any no shows and late cancellations.

Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshments and a luncheon will be served. DIR invites vendors to participate by exhibiting and/or providing a speaker.

For information, email Joy Hall Bryant.
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By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

There are many ways to identify upcoming contracting opportunities in the public sector marketplace, but one of the most reliable ways is to track feasibility studies. Environmental impact statements also are precursors to the launch of large projects.
 
Here are some efforts that should be of high interest to government contractors.

The Capital Area Road and Bridge District in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has secured $5 million to complete an environmental impact study related to the development of a new Mississippi River span. The new bridge project's cost has been estimated to be at least $1 billion. The study will include a needs assessment, more reliable cost estimates, traffic and toll revenue projections, and required state and federal permits. It will also include environmental impact data related to noise and air quality issues, surveys of endangered species that could be impacted, and a community impact assessment.

Maine's governor recently signed a bill calling for a feasibility study related to the creation of a consumer-owned electric utility plant. This project would be extremely large, and it would be designed to replace Maine's two largest electric utilities. The completed study will be presented to the legislature by February of 2020. If the project moves forward - and most believe it will - it could cost between $7 billion to $9 billion just to purchase the two investor-owned utilities. The state's Public Utility Commission will oversee the hiring of a consulting firm for the project that will include an analysis of the short- and long-term costs and benefits of the project as well as an examination of legal, regulatory, technical, financial, and operational issues.
 
Check out this article from our Pipeline newsletter!



Ethics agency names new director, elects 2 officers
The Texas Ethics Commission recently appointed Anne Peters as its new executive director, effective July 22, and elected Chad Craycraft of Dallas as its chair and Mary K. "Katie" Kennedy of Houston as its vice-chair on June 28.

Anne Peters
Peters served the Texas Legislative Council for more than 18 years. As its senior counsel, she specialized in ethics, campaign finance, election law, and financial regulation.

Chad Craycraft
Craycraft has held various roles in political campaigns and state government and now develops and manages U.S. education technology ventures. He was appointed to the commission by Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 6, 2016.

Mary K. Kennedy
Kennedy owns and operates a mediation center in Houston. After graduating law school, she joined a private law firm where she practiced commercial litigation until she was elected to the 164th Judicial District Court in Harris County. She served as a commissioner of the Texas Access to Justice Commission from 2007-2013. She was appointed to the commission by Gov. Abbott on Oct. 6, 2016.
Jenkins appointed chair of mobility authority
Robert Jenkins Jr.
Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Robert "Bobby" Jenkins Jr. of Austin as the presiding officer of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2021.

Jenkins is president of a pest control company, which he has owned and managed since 1983. He is a former chairman and current member of the Better Business Bureau and the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

He also serves on the executive committee of the Texas Business Leadership Council and on various nonprofit and association boards. Jenkins previously served as a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Jenkins succeeds Ray Wilkerson who resigned in June after more than 10 years as CTRMA's board chairman. With this action, Wilkerson concludes 31 years of consecutive gubernatorial public service appointments.

The regional mobility authority fosters transportation planning and project delivery partnerships between local and state levels on transportation infrastructure projects in Williamson and Travis counties.
Elsborg joins DART as chief innovation officer
Gregory Elsborg
Gregory Elsborg has been named vice president, chief innovation officer (CIO), becoming the first to hold that title at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

As the agency's CIO, Elsborg is tasked with driving new business partnerships, growing DART's Mobility as a Service (MaaS) options and leveraging technology to aid innovation.

Elsborg has held global and Fortune 500 leadership roles in digital innovation and brand strategy.

Originally from the United Kingdom, he served in general management and marketing leadership roles in the transit industry, before relocating to the United States in 2011 to follow career opportunities.
AgriLife Extension taps Burkham for key role
Dr. Angela Burkham
Dr. Angela Burkham has been appointed as the new executive associate director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Burkham is currently interim state program leader for family and community health for the extension service. She also oversees North Region programming, which includes 41 counties surrounding Amarillo and Lubbock. She will begin her new position with the agency executive team in College Station on Sept. 1.

She has worked as a family and consumer sciences county agent and at a youth-based agricultural education program as a district-based specialist, a statewide volunteerism specialist and regional program director.

Burkham has served on many statewide committees, including the Texas A&M AgriLife State Conference Committee, AgriLife Extension Onboarding Committee, and Workforce Development Initiative.
Saldana to chair VIA planning organization
Rey Saldana
Rey Saldana, a former San Antonio City councilmember and Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization vice chairman, was unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the VIA Metropolitan Board of Trustees. His initial term will expire in 2020.

He takes over for Hope Andrade who has served as VIA board chair since January 2015.

Saldana recently was the District 4 councilmember in San Antonio for eight years. He also was an adjunct professor at a private university in San Antonio and at Palo Alto College, chief engagement officer for the local arm of a national college-preparatory public school network, and board member of an education nonprofit.
Walsh to head UTSA's new National Security Collaboration Center
Guy Walsh
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has selected U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Walsh as the founding executive director of its National Security Collaboration Center. His tenure begins immediately.
 
Under Walsh's direction, the center will further research, education, and workforce development in cybersecurity, data analytics, and cloud computing.

Walsh possesses experience in building partnerships between federal and state government, academia, and industry leaders. He served as the strategic initiatives lead for U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) at Fort George Meade in Maryland. There, Walsh's vision led to the creation of its Guard and Reserve Directorate in 2011.

In 2015, Walsh was a founding member and deputy director of the Capabilities Development group at USCYBERCOM and a founding member, co-developer, and champion for CYBER GUARD, a Tier 1 level exercise to develop a federal-state-private sector response to cyber threats to U.S. infrastructure and resources.

He also was a career Air Force pilot who served as a flight, squadron, and group commander before his appointment as the commander of the Air Force's 175th Wing and inaugural commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing in Afghanistan.


Barth receives TxDOT airport manager award
Fort Worth Aviation Director Bill Welstead joins Dave Fulton, director of TxDOT Aviation, center, as he presents the 2019 Reliever Airport Manager of the Year Award to Aaron Barth, right.

Assistant Aviation Director Aaron Barth received the 2019 Reliever Airport Manager of the Year Award from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Division.

Under Barth's management, Fort Worth Spinks Airport was brought into financial self-sufficiency for the first time since it opened in the 1980s. This turnaround was due to a hangar acquisition that helped increase revenue, as well as efforts to get the control tower staffing fully funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, a decision that saves more than $114,000 in yearly expenses.
Comptroller's Office wins national award for Fiscal Notes newsletter
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Office won first place at the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards for its February 2018 edition of "Fiscal Notes: A Storm to Remember - Hurricane Harvey and the Texas Economy."

In the special report on Hurricane Harvey, "Fiscal Notes" staff analyzed a wide variety of data to estimate the net economic impact of the storm.

The "Fiscal Notes" entry won first place in the "Technical or Statistical Report" category, which was one of more than 30 categories that featured contest entries from governmental entities across the country.


GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENTS
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced these appointments/reappointments from June 28-July 11:

Ruth Chambers - Dallas, Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee (reappointment)

Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon - Galveston, Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County Ports

Charles "Fritz" Kuebler - League City, Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County Ports (reappointment)

Valerie Ertz - Dallas, State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Fred Tate - Colleyville, State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Weldon Riggs - Black Hill Community, Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District

Jon Gimble - Waco, Texas Judicial Council

Robert Belt - Houston, State Securities Board

Wally Kinney - Comfort, State Securities Board (reappointment)
RECENT REPORTS & DATA
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Fiscal Notes - Motor Taxes in a Changing Texas Transportation Scene

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Transit System Plan Progress Report

Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute - Trends in Land Ownership Along Texas Borderlands

Texas Water Development Board - Water Data for Texas

Congressional Research Service - Improving Intercity Passenger Rail Service in the U.S.

Congressional Research Service - Enforcing U.S. Trade Laws: Section 301 and China

White House - The Council of Economic Advisers - The Economic Effects of Federal Deregulation since January 2017

Federal Highway Administration - Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) for Emergency Management of Flooding
JOB BOARD
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:  
  • Texas Department of Information Resources - Manager V (Information Technology Operations)
  • Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Risk Management Officer
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - CAPPS Time & Labor Deployment Analyst
  • Office of the Texas Governor - Director Women's Commission (Program Specialist V)
  • Texas Real Estate Commission - Project Manager - Staff & Support Services
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