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Volume 2, Issue 9
June 16, 2010
Writing winning proposals is an art! 
 
Mary Scott NabersProposals now being submitted to public entities by firms vying for contracting opportunities have become extremely competitive.  Many formal proposals, at all levels of government, are now considered to be "far beyond the norm."  And, more often than not, proposal innovation pays off with big wins.
 
Proposal innovation includes offering benefits such as creative financing, zero transition costs, ROI analysis and an impressive lineup of well-known subject matter experts who will be involved if the bidder is successful. Proposal innovation also includes graphics, videos, creative outreach and appealing photography.
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
Twenty communities share $60M in grants
Contracts upcoming for weatherization
Philly minority businesses reap rewards
Upcoming education opportunities
Other contracting opportunities
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Twenty communities qualify for energy grant funds
 
$60 million to address retrofits, recycling efforts, transportation programs 
 
Kristina JohnsonTwenty more communities throughout the country have been selected to share $60 million in Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The program is geared toward reducing energy consumption in American homes, vehicles and businesses. The competitive grant awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
 
The grants award projects aimed at energy conservation, energy efficiency and generation of renewable power. "We already have proven technologies to reduce energy use at home and at work," said Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson. "These projects will provide access to those tools for more Americans, saving money for thousands of families and businesses."
 
The projects are aimed at using innovative methods of energy conservation, energy efficiency and generation of renewable power and range from $5 million to the Indiana Municipal Power Agency in Carmel, Indiana, to $1 million to the City of West Union, Iowa. This round of funding was awarded to communities that were not eligible for the original population-based grants under the program. The fund will be used for energy efficiency retrofits, efficiency improvements to transportation systems and installation of renewable energy systems to reduce fossil fuel consumption.
 
The projects will include everything from establishing financing programs for energy efficiency improvements to trip reduction strategies for transportation programs to increasing recycling and reducing energy demands.
 
To view the complete list of recipients and the amounts they received, click here and look under "Recent Reports."

For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
Still many contracting opportunities for weatherization
 
Slow start, but program ramped up now with 600,000 homes total goal
 
InsulationAlthough off to a slow start, the nation's $4.7 billion Recovery Act plan to weatherize homes across the country has (as of Dec. 31) been responsible for the weatherization of 87,000 homes. Officials of the U.S. Department of Energy, which allocated funding from stimulus funds, now says the program is on track to meet its goal of weatherizing 600,000 homes by March 31, 2012.
 
The funds are being used for everything from installing insulation, installing energy-efficient furnaces and air conditioning systems, eliminating air leaks and more. The states that have excelled in meeting the deadline of having drawn down at least 30 percent of their funding by March of this year include Delaware, Idaho, Ohio and South Carolina. Falling behind are Texas, Arizona, California and Florida. Those states drew larger allocations because funding favored warm-weather states. While most states' funding was about 11 times more than the program before Recovery Act funding was added, Texas got 55 times its usual grant.
 
Although a program of the federal government, the weatherization program is run by the states. Officials say the program has increased energy efficiency by more than 20 percent in the 6.2 million homes that were recipients.
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900. 
 
Philly minority businesses to benefit from new bill
 
More contracting opportunities with city could result from city proposal
 
Angela Dowd-BurtonMinority businesses in Philadelphia will benefit from a package of City Council bills that could pass as early as this week. One bill would lower the threshold for requiring economic opportunity plans for city-funded contracts and projects up to $250,000. These plans outline the use of minority businesses by prime contractors that are awarded contracts by the city. A minimum "best and good faith effort" would also be established for reaching goals for use of minority contractors. The changes would apply to minority businesses, women-owned businesses and business owners with disabilities who are seeking city-funded contracts. It could double contracts automatically that would be covered by an economic opportunity plan. The result is that some contracting opportunities could open up for the first time for some smaller and minority companies.
 
Many of these companies have problems competing for contracting opportunities with larger firms because bonds are so high. The proposed changes will give more of those smaller businesses a chance to become a prime contractor instead of a subcontractor. The change would double the contracts covered by economic opportunity plans. The threshold triggering that requirement would change from $1 million to $250,000 on projects and contracts. "We want more minority and women to operate as primes," said Angela Dowd-Burton, executive director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. "There's always been this consistent theme about improving minority and women participation." She said efforts toward change have been under way for two decades.
 
Not only would contractors and developers be responsible for submitting economic opportunity plans, but they would also have to have a follow-up with those contractors and to offer timely information about the plans, specifications and requirements of the contracts. Documentation of those efforts would be required.
 
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Aging school facilities to get makeovers in California
Laura SchwalmAging school facilities in Garden Grove, California, will get facelifts after a $250 million bond issue was recently passed. Superintendent Laura Schwalm (pictured) said he was "gratified by the support" of voters that will translate into "safe, more modern facilities for current and future generations of students."
 
Among the improvements will be plumbing, electricity, carpet and paint and more. The money will be used to improve existing facilities. There will be no new construction.

 
Missouri school district plans construction projects
The Seneca School District in Missouri is getting ready to begin construction projects that are the result of a successful $10 million bond issue last November. The district is planning on using the bond proceeds to build a new intermediate school, a multipurpose building and to make additions to the high school. 
 
Los Gatos voters approve $30.9 million bond issue
Voters in Los Gatos, California, recently approved a $30.9 million bond vote that will allow for the completion of the modernization project at Lexington Elementary School.
 
University of Illinois looks at restoring building on campus
Sheldon KatzThe University of Illinois at Urbana will conduct a feasibility study to determine the costs for restoring Altgeld Hall on the campus, a building that dates back to 1896. The Math Department currently is housed in the aging building. The feasibility study will determine if the building can be restored, how much refurbishing it will need and whether it can be updated for new technology. 
 
"We want this to be a state-of-the-art building that a top mathematics department deserves for the next 50 years," said Sheldon Katz (pictured), head of the math department. The university already estimates the building will need as much as $10 to $15 million in deferred maintenance.
 
Ohio schools receive stimulus grant funds
Millions of federal stimulus dollars will be spread among several Ohio schools for energy efficiency and energy-saving projects. The State of Ohio will receive $84 million to distribute to entities within the state through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
 
Ohio University will receive a $1.09 million grant to add hardware to a food waste composting site and $432,000 for a solar electric system at a heating plant building. Antioch College was awarded $289,887 to retrofit its ecology institute with energy-efficient features and to install a heat pump. Hocking Technical College garnered $444,777 in grant funds to upgrade both heating and cooling systems and Ohio Wesleyan University of Delaware received $375,000 to conduct a campus-wide energy audit and design a conservation strategy.
 
UC hopes to tear down old building for new one
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools wants to tear down the old Doctors Hospital there to allow for building an Early Childhood Center for preschoolers and students through second grade. The university has hired an architect to design a low-rise building to replace it that is designed to allow younger children easier access to the outdoors. A zoning change has been requested to allow for an educational facility.
 
Two Tennessee schools to get classrooms, libraries
Jim McIntyreConstruction is slated in early 2011 on a multi-million-dollar renovation project for two East Knox County, Tennessee, schools. The funds will be used for new classrooms and a library for Carter Middle and Elementary Schools.
 
Superintendent Jim McIntyre (pictured) said the cost will be more than $5 million, or "about one-third of our capital budget for next year." District officials said the additions will address the need for additional capacity for student growth. 
 
 
University of North Dakota building getting numerous upgrades
A classroom building on the campus of the University of North Dakota will benefit soon from $11.2 million in upgrades. Twelve classrooms and two lecture halls will be added and leaky pipes and windows will be replaced or repaired. Much of the rehab will be paid for with a state grant and federal stimulus funds. The university will raise $1.4 million to purchase furnishings and upgrades to technology.
 
School to undergo repairs, reconstruction after bond passage
The West Contra Costa, California, school district was successful recently in passing a $380 million bond issue that will pay for repairs and reconstruction. Projects are on tap for a dozen schools in four cities and likely include Pinole Valley, Richmond, Kennedy, El Cerrito and Leadership high schools; Hercules Middle/High School; and Coronado, Fairmont, Highland, Stege, Valley View and Wilson elementaries.
 
Some of the schools will benefit from new roofing, plumbing and electrical system upgrades, removal of hazardous materials and technology and energy efficiency upgrades.
 
New dormitory in works for University of Rhode Island
Robert WeygandThe University of Rhode Island plans to spend $42.2 million in non-taxpayer funding to build a new five-story dorm, scheduled to open in 2012. The new Hillside Hall will feature 429 beds and incorporate environment-friendly construction and design features, said Robert A. Weygand (pictured), the university's vice president for administration.
 
Ground is expected to be broken in the fall on the site of four current small apartment buildings, which will be demolished. The facility will feature double rooms, nine-foot ceilings and built-in closets. Weygand said construction bonds for the facility will be paid for through housing fees from future students.
 
University of North Dakota building getting numerous upgrades
A classroom building on the campus of the University of North Dakota will benefit soon from $11.2 million in upgrades. Twelve classrooms and two lecture halls will be added and leaky pipes and windows will be replaced or repaired. Much of the rehab will be paid for with a state grant and federal stimulus funds. The university will raise $1.4 million to purchase furnishings and upgrades to technology.
 
California school district passes $348 million bond proposition
As a result of passage of a $348 million bond issue, more than 800 facility improvement projects will be funded at 53 sites in the Mount Diablo schools in Concord, California. More than half of the bond proceeds will be spent on solar structures and air conditioning. Other expenditures will be for technology, additional classrooms and maintenance projects.  
 
Delaware schools qualify for low- and no-interest bonds
Stephen ButzSchools in Delaware County are expecting to save millions of dollars in interest and financing costs by using low-interest and no-interest construction bonds made available through the federal Recovery Act. 
 
 The Southeast Delco district was approved for $15.7 million in bonding, which Superintendent Stephen Butz (pictured) called "a significant lift" for his school district that would save $6 to $7 million. The district is planning renovation of its Academy Park High School. The bonds must be used for construction, rehabilitation or repair of public school facilities or equipment or related property acquisition. William Penn District was approved for $15 million in bonding authority, Upper Darby was approved for $5 million and Radnor for $1.5 million. William Penn will use most of its bonding for renovations to Ardmore Avenue Elementary and for energy efficiency projects. Upper Darby will use its $5.09 million in bonding toward a $6.2 million energy performance contract.
 
Texas district studies possible bond issue that includes $34M for technology
A November bond issue between $325 million and $600 million could be on tap for the Katy, Texas, Independent School District, and $34.5 million of that could be for new technology upgrades and infrastructure projects. Among the needs of the district are facility retrofits, mobile learning equipment and a project to implement a public Wi-Fi system on each campus in the district. Desktops, laptops and other equipment are expected to be replaced and $3 million would be spent for copier and printer replacements. Other projects would include campus network cabling retrofits that would include cable upgrades, additional network drops and network power boosts. Server infrastructure retrofits, wireless infrastructure improvements and enhancement of the district e-mail system also could be part of a bond issue.
 
Washington schools, higher ed can compete for grant funds

Randy Dorn
Contractors in Washington state should be watching the public schools and institutions of higher education, all of which can compete for $100 million in competitive grants for improvements to help them save money in energy and operational costs. State Superintendent Randy Dorn (pictured) said the grants will be used to supplement district resources which may come from utility incentives and low-interest loans. His office will administer $50 million for K-12 public schools. The Department of Commerce will administer another $50 million for K-12 and public  higher ed.
 
The funds are for energy projects that use performance-based contracting, which guarantees construction costs and energy savings. Some of the projects that will be funded include new lighting, windows and insulation, along with new or upgraded heating and cooling systems.
 
Hatch schools named for federal funds for energy saving
The Hatch Valley, New Mexico, Public Schools will share millions of federal dollars coming into the state for installation of solar photovoltaic systems. The funding comes from the federal Recovery Act. The funding not only will provide for a means of saving energy, but also as a teaching tool for students and teachers.
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
Opportunity of the week...
Fire departments in three different states are gearing up for new construction projects or upgrades, thanks to federal grant funding. The grant awards are for $5 million, $4.5 million and $2.4 million. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.
 
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Raleigh to again discuss $205 million public safety center
John OdomAlternative proposals are being considered this week for Raleigh, North Carolina's proposed new public safety center. The project, a 17-story, $205 million structure, would include more than 300,000 square feet of space. The project has been stalled while city officials seek some alternatives to address costs and safety concerns. Initially, the structure was to be paid for with an 8 percent increase in property taxes and by bundling the building with $250 million in other public works projects. Design costs and renovation and relocation of police to an interim headquarters already total $23 million. Some of the alternatives being considered are to put dispatchers and city traffic management into the basement of the proposed Lightner Center, move dispatchers to a separate four- or six-story building and build an 11-story center for police, fire and information technology departments and reduce the proposal by leaving out the space for the fire department. Council member John Odom (pictured) has expressed his concerns about the cost and size of the project and has noted that although he wants the discussion to continue, he has not offered support for any of the new proposals.

Governors ink MOU on construction of Illiana Expressway
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to be the starting point for construction of the Illiana Expressway, which will connect I-65 in Indiana and I-55 in Illinois. Both legislatures this year passed bills that would allow a private developer to build the Illiana and recoup their expenses by making it a toll road. As a result of signing the MOU, the governments of both states will begin exploring funding options. The next step will be environmental studies.
 
Two new water wells to be constructed in New Mexico town
Funding for two new water wells is headed to the Anthony, New Mexico, Water and Sanitation District. The nearly $180,000 grant, allocated by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will provide the two new wells that will serve approximately 9,120 residents in the area. The new wells will help the district meet the compliance objectives of the EPA's drinking water standards.
 
Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital plans new outpatient clinic
Eric ShinsekiA new outpatient clinic in downtown Phoenix is being sought by the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. Officials estimate that the 359,000-square-foot facility they will seek funding for from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs would cost approximately $200 million and address the shortage of space at its current facility.
 
The request seeks a clinic with space for primary care, mental health care, audiology, dermatology, rheumatology, optical, radiology and laboratory services. It will have to be approved by the VA before bids can go out for construction. In a letter to the VA, two local lawmakers said the facility could address unmet needs of today's newest generation of vets as well as those who served in the past. Eric Shinseki (pictured), secretary of the VA Department, said the project could be considered for funding in FY 2012. "In the event it does not score high enough for funding, this concept will be considered for funding through the VA's Health Care Center initiative as a major lease," he said.
 
The grant is funded by the Project Development Assistance Program (PDAP), which supports development of essential water and wastewater infrastructure studies such as facility plans, environmental clearance documents and final design. This planning assistance allows communities to qualify for construction funding from federal, state and international sources.

Twelve New Mexico airports awarded total of $6.79 million
More than $6 million in improvements will be made at 12 New Mexico airports after receiving U.S. Department of Transportation grants. The money, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration, will be used for runway projects, lighting replacement and new equipment for facilities in Albuquerque, Deming, Alamogordo, Portales, Las Cruces, Belen, Hatch, Grant County and Artesia. The biggest part of the funds - $4.78 million - is headed to the Albuquerque International Sunport for taxiway lighting rehab. While Deming will get $475,000 for runway upgrades, the other airports will receive grants that range from $7,000 to $311,000.
 
Recovery Act to fund New Mexico school photovoltaic systems
A total of $4.5 million in federal stimulus funds is headed to 15 New Mexico school districts. The money will be used to install solar photovoltaic electric systems.
 
The 15 district submitted proposals and were awarded funding through a competitive process. The districts to receive funding include Belen, Carrizozo, Corona, Dulce, Elida, Gallup, Hatch, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, Moriarty, Penasco, Portales, Rio Rancho, Ruidoso and Taos. The districts will use the money to install a 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at one school in each of the districts.
 
San Diego looking to outsource more of its IT functions
Jerry SandersThe City of San Diego, California, is looking forward to saving as much as 45 percent on its IT expenses by outsourcing technology services provided by the San Diego Processing Corp. (DPC). Mayor Jerry Sanders (pictured) said he would like to hire a consultant by August to complete the outsourcing of these computers and phone services. The city has for some 30 years provided technology services through DPC, an entity with a $43 million budget this year. Earlier this year, the city contracted with a private firm to become the IT help desk for city employees, saving $1 million per year. This was the first of four phases of the mayor's plan to allow competition from private sector firms for a variety of IT services.
 
San Diego has had good luck with outsourcing. One partnership more than 10 years ago resulted in 17 separate help desks being combined into one; five e-mail systems becoming one and 800 or more servers at 300 sites were moved into a single data center.
 
Recycling coalition awarded energy efficiency grant
The New Mexico Recycling Coalition in Santa Fe is the recipient of $2.79 million in federal grand funds from the U.S. Department of Energy. The funding will support energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that reduce energy usage in homes, businesses and vehicles. The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help the organization promote recycling throughout the state through promotion of clean energy and "green" technologies.
 
Eight Massachusetts community health centers to receive funding
When construction begins on the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, it will be the first of eight such community health centers in Massachusetts to benefit from federal stimulus funding. The East Boston facility, a 49,000-square-foot satellite building costing $20.7 million, will allow the center to serve an additional 20,000 patients per year. It received $12 million in stimulus grant funds. Among the eight centers, $80 million for capital expansion was awarded. The East Boston facility will feature expansion of the pediatrics and adult medicine departments, growth in the emergency department and additional laboratories and administrative space.
 
Detroit looking at new police, fire officials' headquarters paid in installments
Saul GreenThe City of Detroit is preparing to spend about $53 million, which includes $6.32 million for property purchase and $47 million in renovations, to make the old temporary MGM Grand Detroit Casino into a state-of-the-art police and fire officials' headquarters. 
 
The city will pay for the new facility over a two-year period beginning in 2012 because of a land transaction in which the seller accepts installments over time. Deputy Mayor Saul Green (pictured) said the proposal "has no negative impact this year or next" and will mean the city can get out of existing lease contracts, freeing up that money back to the general fund.
 
Grant County planning $8 million detention center contract
Officials in Silver City, New Mexico, are expected to award a multi-million-dollar contract to build the new Grant County Detention Center. The 29,000-square-foot facility is expected to cost more than $8 million. Some $6 million in bonds were issued for the project in 2005 and another $4 million in 2009 to build the center. The facility is expected to have a 100-bed capacity. The current facility has only 58 beds. The facility will feature a medical unit as well. The project is expected to be completed in September of next year.
 
FEMA grant will fund Nevada fire station south of Reno
A $2.5 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be used by the Washoe County, Nevada, commissioners to build a new fire station to serve the Arrowcreek area south of Reno.
 
Five roads in town in Maine to see upgrades from bond

Voters in Fayette, Maine, recently passed a $600,000 bond issue that will result in work on five roads throughout the community. Work should begin soon on Baldwin Hill, Bamford Hill, East, Fayette Corner and Watson Heights roads. 
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
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Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Thomas Whitten.
 
Thomas WhittenCriminal justice has been in the blood of Thomas Whitten for years. Whitten earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration from Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and his master's in criminal justice from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He was a security officer in the U.S. Air Force and later went to work for the El Paso, Texas, Police Department in 1990 holding a variety of positions there. At the time of his departure nine years later, he was in charge of the department's Major Case Bureau. Whitten had worked in DeWitt for the last year before recently being named chief of the Carlsbad, New Mexico, Police Department. The job opened up when former Chief Gene Ellis resigned to return to his native Texas.
 
What the states are doing with stimulus funds
 
Memorial Community Health Inc. in Aurora, Nebraska, has been awarded a $6.7 million loan for its remodeling effort of its hospital.
 
The Greensboro, North Carolina, Housing Authority will spend $5.58 million in stimulus funds for renovations and upgrades to its Claremont Courts. All of the 250 units will receive an exterior makeover. New windows, rooflines, landscaping and a community center will be added.
 
In York County, Virginia, officials are expecting to save close to $45,000 per year after energy efficiencies are installed in its buildings. The county will get $3.5 million in federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant money for projects to conserve energy or increase energy efficiency. Buildings that will benefit include the county prison, Government Center, nursing home, Annex building, vehicle fleet maintenance building and the Youth Development Center. Some of the projects include more efficient lighting, new heat pumps and cooling tower, plumbing upgrades and interior rehabilitation.
 
Homes and businesses in three counties on Colorado's Western Slope will be able to finance energy efficiency retrofits thanks to $4.9 million in federal stimulus funds. Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison counties will use the money to fund their Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to help reduce energy consumption.
 
Two Nebraska libraries will receive federal grant funds from the Recovery Act. The city library in Ainsworth will get $68,700 to add nearly 1,200 square feet of space to its facility. Pawnee City Public Library will get a $160,000 loan and a $139,000 grant to building a new facility.

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John GreenDick ThompsonPhiladelphia Sheriff John Green (top left) plans to resign his post before his term ends in January of 2012, handing off his duties to Chief Deputy Barbara Deeley. Maine CIO Dick Thompson (top right) is leaving the public sector after more than 30 years, heading to a private sector job and being replaced by Greg McNeal, Maine's chief technology officer. Department of Transportation Commissioner Michael Reid is leaving the public sector for the greener grass of the private sector as well, and will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner ofMike Locatis Leah LewisOperations, Michael Cline. Colorado's CIO Mike Locatis (middle right) has been named California's CIO, and will be replaced by Leah Lewis (middle left) as acting State CIO.  Jack Copeland, renowned heart transplant surgeon who has called the University of Arizona home for more than 30 years, is leaving for the University of California at San Diego where he will be a cardiac surgery professor. Subra Suresh (middle left), dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the next director of the National Science Foundation, succeeding Arden L. Bement Jr., who returned this month to Purdue University after five years heading the NSF. The dean of the Subra SureshWarren BurggrenCollege of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Texas, Warren Burggren (middle left) has been named as the university's provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Monsignor Stuart W. Swetland was named sole finalist for president of Seton Hall University, but withdrew his name from consideration.  Louisiana's higher education commissioner Sally Clausen (bottom right), has resigned. Juan Castro will retire next month from his position as police chief of the City of Fort Stockton, Texas, and acting Chief Defi Duarte will lead the department while a search for a new chief continues. Donna Dacier, senior partner in a private sector technologies firm since 2009; Derek McGinnis, a readjustment counselor at the ModestoSally ClausenEric Esrailian Vet Center; and Glenn Yokum have been appointed to the California Veterans Board. Physician and faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles, Eric Esrailian, M.D. (Bottom left), has been appointed to the Medical Board of California. The California Department of General Services will have a new deputy director of legislative affairs after Gary Link, who previously served as legislative director for a California state senator, was appointed to that post. Pueblo, Colorado, Police Chief Jim Billings has announced he will retire from the police force on Feb. 16, 2011, the 36th anniversary of his having joined the police department, serving as chief since 1998. Dr. Kristina Baca, former elementary school principal with Lordsburg Municipal Schools, has been named superintendent of the Loving, New Mexico, Municipal Schools. Recently retired as police deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Sergio Diaz has accepted the chief of police position in Riverside, California. 

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A complimentary e-seminar on "The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society" will be held Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. CST. Sponsored by HiMSS, the seminar will explore how to lessen communications breakdowns in Veterans Administration (VA) health care facilities to help improve patient flow for a better patient experience. With deployment of instant communications solutions, health care workers have more time with patients, say officials. The e-seminar is open to clinical and IT health care workers who want to streamline staff for better patient care and more time at the bedside. For more information and to register, click here
 
4th Annual HAZUS conference slated in August in Indianapolis
The 4th Annual HAZUS Conference is slated for Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 23-25, at the Indiana Government Center, South Building in Indianapolis. HAZUS-MH is a risk assessment methodology used to analyze potential losses from natural hazards including floods, hurricane winds and earthquakes. HAZUS uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software combined with science, engineering and math modeling to map and display hazard data and the results of damage and economic loss estimates for buildings and infrastructure. It was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under contract with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Federal, state and local government agencies and the private sector can order HAZUS-MH free-of-charge from the FEMA Publication Warehouse. The purpose of this site is to promote HAZUS training and provide quick links to key resources that encourage the use of HAZUS to ensure the safety of the United States. To register, click here.
 
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