Volume 17, Issue 28 - Friday, July 26, 2019Optional Link
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
The city of Houston will expedite $2 billion in improvements to its sanitary sewer system over the next 15 years under an agreement with state and federal regulators approved by City Council on July 24.

Damaged and clogged pipes in the city's 6,000-mile sewer system caused sewage overflows in violation of the Clean Water Act, eliciting a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 'consent decree.'

Terms of the agreement require the city to evaluate sanitary sewer overflows to determine drainage capacity needs, perform a conditions assessment every 10 years of its wastewater collection system, and assess its wastewater treatment plants every five years. The decree also stipulates the city must develop a sewage system cleaning plan and implement more than 3,000 smart manhole covers that digitally monitor potential overflows.

The city also is required to make an immediate $4.6 million payment to the EPA for the violations. Before it is enacted, the decree will go before a federal judge for approval and enter a 30-day public comment period.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the improvements would be funded by increased water rates effective April 2020 after a rate study is completed in January.
El Paso councilmembers continue to debate what items to place on the ballot for a possible $940 million bond election in November to fund public safety, streets, and animal services.

Police are seeking new command centers in the city's east, downtown, and northwest. Fire officials are requesting a new fire department headquarters and new fire stations in west and east El Paso. Both departments are asking for new academies.

Discussions have been ongoing at council meetings over the last few months with city staff presenting two proposition options for consideration July 22. The first option would split items into separate propositions for police, fire, public health, and animal services with the total funding amount for each. The other option would be similar to the first, but with police and fire grouped into one proposition.

City Council is set to resume bond discussions at budget meetings next week.
Midland ISD committee presents $569M bond plan to school board
Midland High School
The Midland ISD Master Facilities Planning Committee presented its $569 million bond recommendation to the district's trustees at their July 22 board meeting. Board members are set to vote in August on whether to add the bond referendum to the November ballot.

The committee's proposal includes construction of two new high schools and renovation and expansion of the existing Lee High School. At the Lee campus, improvements would be made to classrooms, labs, and learning spaces and a kitchen and cafeteria, gym, locker rooms, fieldhouse, and practice facilities would be added. All three high schools would serve ninth through 12th grades with a capacity of 2,400 students.

A $65 million retrofit of the existing Midland High School would allow for the relocation of San Jacinto Middle School to that campus with an increase in student capacity from 850 to 1,140 as well as the creation of a specialized academy for sixth through 12th grades. The bond package also would include construction of six middle schools and addition of space for 1,200 more pre-kindergarten students.

The current San Jacinto campus would be converted into a new Young Women's Leadership Academy with a capacity of 700 for sixth- through 12th-graders.
Other bond items would include shifting two freshman schools and three junior high schools into middle schools for a total of six middle schools, including San Jacinto. Athletic facilities would be improved at all middle schools with new practice tracks, lighting, landscaping, and other upgrades. Artificial turf practice fields would be built at the freshman centers. Bond monies also would be directed to maintenance and security improvements at all secondary campuses.

If approved in November, construction would begin with high school campuses scheduled for completion by fall 2023 which would allow lower grades to move one grade at a time. Under this plan, students would vacate Midland High School by fall 2026, which would allow San Jacinto students to move in and other grades to follow suit at other campuses.
Williamson County calls $447M bond election for road, parks projects
Williamson County commissioners
Williamson County commissioners voted on July 23 to call a bond election in November for $447 million in road and parks projects.

Commissioners reduced the total by $200 million from the $573.3 million previously recommended by a citizens bond advisory committee. The county is now seeking $412 million for a roads bond and $35 million for a parks bond.

High-priority road projects included in the bond referendum are:
  • Forest North drainage improvements in remaining zones;
  • Sam Bass Road (Corridor H) from Wyoming Springs to RM 1431;
  • Wyoming Springs Extension from Brightwater Boulevard/Creek Bend to Sam Bass Road;
  • Wyoming Springs intersection improvements at Smyers Lane;
  • Hero Way from Toll 183A to RM 2243/Leander city limits;
  • Liberty Hill (Hwy. 29) Loop from RM 1869 to CR 279;
  • Whitestone Boulevard Widening from Bagdad Road to Anderson Mill Road;
  • Parmer Lane at SH 45 Interchange;
  • SE Inner Loop Extension (Corridor C) from Sam Houston Ave. to Hwy. 29;
  • Southwest Bypass Extension from Hwy. 29 to Wolf Ranch Parkway;
  • Sun City Safety Projects: CR 245 from north of RM 2338 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Ronald Reagan at Silver Spur Boulevard, Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard and Hwy. 195 at Ronald Reagan;
  • SH 130 northbound frontage road from Limmer Loop to US 79;
  • CR 112 widening from FM 1460/A.W. Grimes to CR 117; and,
  • CR 112 widening from CR 117 to CR 110.
Parks projects would include $27.53 million for hike and bike trails and $7.47 million for improvements to existing parklands.
Specific ballot language will be determined at an August 6 meeting of the Commissioners Court.
Battleship Texas gets $35M from state, but in need of new home
Battleship Texas
Legislators appropriated $35 million this spring to save the Battleship Texas, believed to be the only battleship in existence to have served in both World Wars.

However, the bill included a condition that admission fees cover its $2 million annual maintenance costs.

Over the last 12 years, the state has appropriated $85 million in attempts to preserve the ship that was docked at the San Jacinto State Battleground Park, but that level of support ended with this last bill. Lawmakers earmarked the $35 million with the knowledge that scrapping the battleship would cost $30 million. The cost to dry-dock it would be $100 million.

The state handed over operations of the historical site to the Battleship Texas Foundation on a 99-year lease that requires taking the battleship to a shipyard where its rusted-out hull will be replaced and other repairs made for about a year before it is relocated to a new home, yet to be decided.

The battleship, which is currently docked in La Porte, draws 80,000 visitors a year Fridays through Sundays. Foundation members say the attraction loses money operationally and repair costs compound the loss. They advocate moving it out of San Jacinto State Battleground Park to a site that can attract 300,000 to 500,000 visitors a year. Baytown, Corpus Christi, and Galveston officials have expressed interest in taking on such a project.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Jerry Morales
Jerry Morales, Mayor, City of Midland

Career Highlights and Education
Education:
  • High School-Robert E. Lee High School, Class of 1984
  • Attended Texas Tech University for two years

Career Highlights:
  • 1983- Playing for the high school football state runner up state championship team, Midland Lee Rebels.
  • 1997- After working for a restaurant corporation for 10 years, I purchased the family restaurant business.
  • 2003 Hispanic Businessman of the Year-Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Elected to Midland City Council At-Large in 2008
  • Texas Restaurant Association State President 2014
  • Elected Mayor of Midland in 2014-Present
 
What I like best about my public service is: I enjoy being a part of the process in developing my hometown into a world class city. It's humbling to be in a position to help others fulfill their dreams of owning their own business or helping a business get through the city requirements.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: Try not to go in and manage the staff but go in and be "the leader." The citizens want leaders to guide them through the "ups and downs." The same applies to my personal business.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: Working for the city is like working in my restaurants; service, attitude, cleanliness, integrity, and communication are all part of making a successful team, work. All citizens in our community should get this kind of return for their tax dollars. 

If I had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: At the golf course or working out!

People would be surprised to know that I: Like pizza over Mexican food.

One thing I wish more people knew about the City of Midland: That the city of Midland is a vibrant community that offers so much opportunity for advancement. All sitting in the West Texas oil fields.
Houston transit officials report $400M in savings ahead of bond
Transportation officials with Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) are reporting cost savings of $400 million that would expedite several bus and rail expansions.

A $400 million drop in the estimated cost of one of the proposed projects - the extension of the Green and Purple lines by combining the two lines as they travel to Hobby Airport and focusing on a Broadway route - saw its projected cost drop to $1 billion if the savings are realized.

Construction of two desired park and ride connections is another project that could go before voters in November as part a $3.5 billion bond referendum to fund the first part of the authority's long-range plan.

Other projects could include extensions of three light rail lines, more than 70 miles of proposed bus rapid transit, and several park and ride amenities. The savings also could allow for a $336 million extension of the light rail line from Hobby Airport to the Monroe Park and Ride lot close to Interstate 45. A proposed $60 million relocation of the Kingwood Park and Ride also could be on the ballot.

The Metro board chairwoman said officials would make a final decision later this month on what projects will be included in the bond package.
Cleveland ISD school board calls $198M bond election for November
Cleveland ISD trustees
Board members at Cleveland ISD (CISD) unanimously voted on July 22 to call a $198 million bond election for November 5.

District officials said, if approved, the bond proposition would not result in a tax increase for residents within CISD's boundaries.

The bond package includes construction of two new elementary schools, one new middle school, and a new administration building. It also would fund upgrades to Northside Elementary School and existing baseball and softball fields at Cleveland High School.

District officials said they will develop a long-range master plan with the board of trustees and Community Facility Committee that will set a timeline for future capital improvement projects and identify instructional, safety, and security objectives.
Odessa council weighs $93M debt issuance for capital projects
Odessa councilmembers are considering the issuance of $93 million in debt to fund several capital improvement projects without calling a bond election.

According to the city attorney, councilmembers could approve a certificate of obligation to fund the installation of new water and wastewater lines as well as the construction of new fire stations and a new animal shelter. Funds also would be used to repair city roads and parks.

A certificate of obligation requires council authorization; it does not require voter approval via an election. Odessa City Council is set to vote on the certificate of obligation at its August 13 meeting.
Bastrop County commissioners mull $28.5M in capital improvements
historic Bastrop jailhouse
Bastrop County commissioners reviewed a list of capital improvement projects at their July 22 meeting that totaled $28.5 million in estimated construction costs.

The county's five-year capital improvement plan (CIP), which began in fiscal year 2018, prioritizes a renovation of its historic jail built in 1892 and converted into an administrative building in 1974. The building was damaged by Hurricane Harvey and has asbestos.

Also included in the CIP are a new $5.5 million law enforcement administration building that could house up to 200 employees, a new $6 million judicial court complex to serve district court, district attorney and district clerk needs, a jail expansion, and several new roads.

About 60 percent of the CIP will be spent on new building construction or building expansion, 25 percent on roads and bridges, and 15 percent on IT needs.
Waco proposing $15M wastewater plant instead of landfill at Hwy 84
City of Waco officials are proposing the construction of a $15 million wastewater treatment plant to serve residents along the Highway 84 West corridor and the China Spring area where population growth has exceeded projections.

The plant would be located on 20 acres of a 290-acre city-owned parcel at Old Lorena and Haley Hill roads. The city originally considered a regional landfill for the site, but it withdrew the idea in reaction to staunch opposition from the public.

City staff said they will meet with residents before making recommendations to City Council, which recently approved $20 million in wastewater capacity improvements to the area.
San Antonio-area transit plan secures federal approval
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) received federal approval on July 15 for its Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), a two-year transportation planning document.

AAMPO's Transportation Policy Board developed the UPWP by attaching a budget to each task and identifying planning priorities for the region that covers all of Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe counties and a portion of Kendall County.

The UPWP describes all the agency and consultant transportation studies, data collection and population and employment forecasting activities, travel demand modeling, and MPO staff budgeting for a two-year period.

Included in the UPWP are plans to develop, maintain, and update a 25-year Metropolitan Transportation Plan and contract with a consultant to conduct a rapid transit corridor study for northeast Bexar County. This corridor will link to future improvements to Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin.

Other tasks including conducting a San Antonio multimodal planning study, establishing a pilot program for transit-oriented development planning between VIA Metropolitan Transit and the city of San Antonio, and preparing alternative alignment recommendations for a high-speed rail route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Laredo, and initiating a New Braunfels Transit Study for fixed route transit service.
 
The UPWP budget is supported by a combination of federal highway, federal transit, and state planning funds.
Kyle council trims design options for possible police department building
Kyle Police Department
Kyle City Council recently voted to eliminate two $4 million options from consideration for the design of a new police department building in favor of $18 million and $20 million concepts.

Councilmembers reviewed several design options at their July 15 meeting to prepare for a bond referendum in November.

A consultant's survey determined that the police department needs a minimum of an additional 10,000 square feet to fulfill space requirements for this year. The existing police department building is 8,000 square feet. The city has moved police operations in and out of various vacant city buildings over the years.

Councilmembers also are considering a $20 million wastewater project and another project involving the Alliance Regional Water Authority providing services to the city.
North Central Texas COG awarded federal grant to replace bridges
Dry Creek Bridge
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has been awarded an $8.78 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for work on seven existing bridges. NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on Dallas and Fort Worth.
 
NCTCOG will use funds from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to replace these existing bridges:
  • Loop 12 northbound over Interstate Highway 35E southbound - Dallas County
  • IH 35W northbound over Interstate Highway 35W southbound Alvarado Exit - Johnson County (complete removal)
  • U.S. 80 eastbound over the East Fork Trinity River - Kaufman County
  • FM 460 over US 80 - Kaufman County
  • U.S. 180 over Dry Creek - Parker County
  • U.S. 287 southbound over Lancaster Avenue - Tarrant County
  • U.S. 287 northbound over Carey Street - Tarrant County
Jeff Neal, NCTCOG program manager, said each of the bridges is identified as being in poor condition or having an obsolete function or design. In some cases, the bridges will be replaced with additional vehicle capacity.

The projects also will implement dynamic signalizing, signal prioritization, and other Intelligent Transportation Systems strategies to reduce congestion and back-up on several of the bridge locations.

INFRA grants provide funding to projects that address critical issues facing the nation's highways and bridges. Approximately $856 million in grants will be awarded this year. Neal said the council would receive the grant funds by September 2021 at the latest.
New Wimberley school first in state to incorporate One Water efficiencies
Rendering of primary school
Wimberley ISD (WISD) will break ground on the state's first One Water school on July 29.

The district is building the $31.3 million primary school campus to conform to principles of One Water, a water planning and management approach that analyzes how water moves through and is used in a community. One Water also brings stakeholders such as developers, community leaders, urban planners, water managers, and engineers together to utilize water as efficiently as possible.

One Water strategies at the 90,600-square-foot campus include:
  • Rainwater and AC condensate collection to flush toilets and provide irrigation for landscape and school gardens;
  • Water saving fixtures to reduce water usage;
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure to slow down runoff, recharge groundwater, and reduce nonpoint source pollution;
  • Onsite treatment and reuse system that will allow gray/black water produced by the school to be beneficially reused through a subsurface drip irrigation system; and,
  • Educational features including clear pipes and signage installed into the architecture of the school to create an immersive, educational experience.
WISD officials coordinated with the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and other local organizations to plan the project.

The school will be located in the heart of the Wimberley Valley on Ranch Road 12 and Winters Mill Parkway. It is scheduled to open in summer 2020 with a capacity of 800 students in pre-kindergarten through second grade, a gymnasium, library, cafeteria, and several reading and math intervention classrooms.
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TASSCC 2019 Annual Conference
August 11-14 / Fort Worth, Texas
The Texas Corporation and Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications 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.

This year's theme is "Steerin' IT to New Frontiers." We will take on how we can help to 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.

For more information or to register, click here.


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

Occasionally, change occurs so rapidly it seems the world is spinning faster than ever. Technology changes occurring in roadways and bridges today are amazing, to say the least. Motorists will soon experience roadway technology never imagined in the past. The transportation sector is definitely a change leader in the U.S.

Here are a few examples worthy of note.

The city of Phoenix now determines roadway needs and prioritizes street repair by using a specialized vehicle that relies on infrared and radar to identify cracks and roadways in need of repair. The van that tests and records these issues is equipped with sophisticated technology, including lasers and infrared cameras that scan the street, record abnormalities, and send the data to the city's management system. Cost of the technology-enhanced van is about $1 million. City officials in Phoenix plan to repair about 1,650 miles of roadway over the next five years.

Traffic incidents have been reduced by 30 percent on the Indiana Toll Road because of an' intelligent transportation system'. The toll road has fiber-optic technology in place that monitors road and bridge temperatures, ice hazards, friction resistance, and interchange problems. This particular roadway with its technology stretches for 157 miles and is serviced by 22 toll plazas, five maintenance barns, and two administration buildings. Digital speed limit signs warn motorists of weather conditions while other signage focuses on wrong-way driver detection, designates smart truck parking systems, and alerts drivers about congestion to avoid.

In San Antonio, the city and its municipal utility partnered to provide "smart" streetlights on certain roadways. The lights do more than illuminate city streets; they also sense flooding patterns, measure air quality, check temperatures, and provide information related to available parking spaces. This initial project has placed the technology-laden lights in the city's designated "innovation zones." Additional smart lighting will likely be procured if this initial project is as successful as anticipated.



Sculley joins SPI team
Sheryl Sculley
Strategic Partnerships, Inc. is excited to announce Sheryl Sculley as its newest external consultant.

Sculley has worked in city management for more than 40 years.

She most recently served as city manager of San Antonio from 2005-2019 where as chief executive officer she oversaw 13,000 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $2.8 billion, and a city population of 1.5 million residents.

She proposed the three largest bond programs in San Antonio's history totaling $2 billion including 450 construction projects for streets, sidewalks, drainage, parks, libraries, senior centers, fire stations, and museums. All three programs passed by an overwhelming majority, and all bond projects were completed on time and within budget.

Sculley also served in leadership roles as city manager in Phoenix for 16 years and in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for 15 years.
She is a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and has been an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. Sculley has served on nonprofit boards in all three cities and continues to assist numerous nonprofit organizations.
SFA regents select presidential finalist
Dr. Scott Gordon
The Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) Board of Regents unanimously named Dr. Scott Gordon, current provost of Eastern Washington University (EWU), as sole finalist for SFA president.

As EWU provost, Gordon is the university's chief academic officer, overseeing more than 500 faculty members in six academic colleges, with responsibility for academic policy and planning, distance education, international programs and institutional research.

Prior to joining Eastern Washington, Gordon spent 22 years at the University of Southern Indiana, where he served as dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. In addition, Gordon served for 10 years as the Faculty Athletics Representative, was named a NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative Fellow, and was vice president and treasurer of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, which includes 14 NCAA Division II institutions.

If confirmed by regents after the state-required 21-day waiting period, Gordon will become SFA's ninth president, succeeding the late Dr. Baker Pattillo, who was SFA president from 2006 to 2018.


Leander ISD names Gearing as lone finalist for superintendent post
Dr. Bruce Gearing
The Leander ISD Board of Trustees named Bruce Gearing, Ed.D., as the educator to lead the fast-growth district.
 
The 2019 Region 13 Superintendent of the Year, Gearing has served as the Dripping Springs ISD superintendent since February 2012.

During his tenure, he oversaw a fast-growth district, growing by approximately 50 percent, while supporting students with state and national success in academics, arts and athletics.

State law requires a 21-day waiting period following the naming of a lone finalist. The board will vote on the contract for Gearing and he will start his new role in mid-August. Chief of Staff Matt Smith will serve as the acting superintendent in the interim.

Gearing will join Leander ISD after Dr. Dan Troxell announced his selection by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) as deputy executive director. Troxell's last day will be July 31.
Abbott appoints Tijerina to 13th Court of Appeals
Jaime Tijerina
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jaime Tijerina of McAllen to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020.

Tijerina is judge of the 464th Judicial District Court and is the former judge of the 93rd Judicial District Court and former deputy city attorney for the City of Mission. He also served as the judge of the 92nd Judicial District Court and was the elected Kenedy County Attorney for 12 years.

He currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves' Judge Advocate General's Corps and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the College of the State Bar, fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Texas Prosecutor's Society, and a former member and director of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association.

Additionally, Tijerina is a board member of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Alumni Advisory Board and a former board member of a Rio Grande Valley food bank.


Fort Stockton hires new assistant city manager
Jesse Gonzales
The city of Fort Stockton recently hired Jesse Gonzales Jr. as its assistant city manager, effective July 29. 

Gonzales previously served as the city attorney for Fort Stockton since 2017. The position has been vacant since former assistant city manager Shera Davis was assigned to another city role.

He has owned a private law firm in Fort Stockton for 22 years. Gonzales also was a district attorney for the 83rd Judicial District in Texas from 2009 to 2012 and county attorney for Pecos County from 2001 to 2008.
Buda city manager to serve as TCMA president
Kenneth Williams
Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams recently took the helm of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) as its president for 2019-2020.

TCMA consists of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics, and education while embracing individual and regional diversity for the benefit of the membership and cities it serves.

Williams has served as city manager of Buda since 2008. By the time Williams accepted the city manager position in Buda, he had 20 years of city government experience under his belt. He started his career as a code inspector in Lufkin, Texas.

He earned promotions at the city of Lufkin as director of public works, emergency management coordinator, and assistant city manager of administrative services. Prior to coming to Buda, Williams held the city manager position in Diboll, Texas.
  
Austin Community College earns grant in manufacturing challenge
Austin Community College (ACC) recently earned a $750,000 federal grant to support its Innovative Manufacturing Prototype Acceleration Central Texas (IMPACT) Lab. ACC will match the federal funds with $817,683.

The U.S. Economic Development Association (EDA) announced ACC was one of 26 applicants from across the country to receive a 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program i6 Challenge grant. Such grants build regional capacity and transform innovations into jobs through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance. 

The IMPACT Lab focuses on physical product development and manufacturing to develop a system of digital-ready small and midsize manufactures. The lab also fosters connections between manufacturers, college graduates, university researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors in an effort modeled on the Austin Bioscience Incubator, a collaboration between ACC, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), the city of Austin, and industry partners.

In its grant application, ACC reported significant underinvestment in manufacturing innovation. According to ACC, the Austin manufacturing industry employs more than 57,000 workers, which is one-fifth the size of Dallas and Houston's manufacturing workforce.


GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENTS
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced these appointments/reappointments from July 19-25:

Christopher Hill - McKinney, Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees

Tim McCoy - Corpus Christi, Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Paula Anthony-McMann - Tyler, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Victoria Ai Linh Bryant - Houston, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Shannon Calhoun - Goliad, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Lourdes Cuellar - Houston, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Salil Deshpande - Houston, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Emily Hartmann - El Paso, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Kenneth James - Volente, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Jerome Lisk - Tyler, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Leticia Rodriguez - Monahans, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Jonathan Sandstrom Hill - Lakeway, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Siobhan Shahan - Amarillo, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Carlos Vital - Friendswood, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Calvin Green - Elgin, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors

Jeffrey Hoogheem - Austin, Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors
RECENT REPORTS and DATA
Austin Transportation Department - Proposed Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Boost Transit Ridership

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Fiscal Notes

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Texas Employment Forecast

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Texas Economic Indicators

Federal Highway Administration - Center for Innovative Finance Support - Public-Private Partnership (P3) Procurement: A Guide for Public Owners

U.S. Government Accountability Office - Discretionary Transportation Grants - Actions Needed to Improve Consistency and Transparency in DOT's Application Evaluations

U.S. Government Accountability Office - Rail Transit - Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs

University of Arizona & Colorado School of Mines - Groundwater declines caused by pumping over the 20th century decrease streamflow and plant water availability 
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: 
  • Ector County Department of Health - Public Health Nurse


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