Volume 2 Issue 10June 23, 2010
Lots of contracting changes considered...along with other trends more positive for contractors 
Mary Scott NabersMany contractors, associations and small business advocates are seriously involved in letting Washington know that they do not like the president's "in-sourcing initiative." President Barack Obama's administration is pushing an initiative that could possibly result in the hiring of 30,000 new civil workers and displacing thousands of small government contractors.
The administration believes that federal agencies should not outsource anything that is inherently governmental. They want civil servants to do that type of work.
Public housing gets boost
Firefighter grants announced
Upcoming education opportunities
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Capital improvement projects on tap for public housing
HUD funding of $2.3 billion will lead to nationwide contracting opportunities
Shaun DonovanPublic housing across the country will be able to make capital improvements after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of $2.3 billion to more than 3,130 public housing authorities across the county, in the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Plumbing projectsMany of the housing authorities will use the funding for large-scale capital improvement projects such as new roofing, replacement of old plumbing and electrical systems and to make energy efficiency upgrades.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (pictured) said the housing authorities will add these funds to the $4 billion previously made available through the federal Recovery Act "to continue to address long-standing capital improvements that public housing communities need."
Big winners among the states include: New York - $390.9 million; Pennsylvania - $171 million; Illinois - $171 million; Ohio - $101 million; Texas - $96.4 million; California - $93.8 million; Georgia - $85.2 million; New Jersey - $82.6 million; Alabama - $71 million; Massachusetts - $66 million; North Carolina - $65.6 million; Florida - $64 million; Tennessee - $63.8 million; Louisiana - $54 million; Kentucky - $41 million; Michigan - $41 million; and Virginia - $38 million.
To view the complete list of individual awards in each state, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
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Grants for equipment, gear, vehicles, facility upgrades
Latest Assistance to Firefighter Grant awards go out to 40 entities nationwide
Firefighter EquipmentThe latest installment of Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) awards was made recently, with more than 40 entities receiving awards. The grants are allocated to assist fire departments in meeting the firefighting and emergency response needs of firefighters and non-affiliated emergency medical services organizations.
The funding has been used by fire departments and EMS services for much-needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, modification of facilities and other resources necessary to protect the public.
Among the awards was $238,000 to the City of Colorado Springs Fire Department to help pay for modifications to its facilities. The Covar Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was awarded $44,070 to help pay for personal protective equipment. The East Windsor Township Rescue Squad in East Windsor, New Jersey, drew an allocation of $22,990 for EMS equipment. The Garfield Township Volunteer Fire Department in Fife Lake, Michigan, will use its $142,500 award to help purchase a vehicle.
To view all of the June awards, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
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Upcoming education opportunities
Florida State to use stimulus funds for state-of-the-art magnet system
Kirby KemperOfficials at Florida State University have outlined how they will use a $17.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation ($15 million of which is Recovery Act funds) to build a state-of-the-art magnet system. 
"This award pushes the frontier of large molecule analyses and further strengthens our world leadership in ion-cyclotron resonance capabilities," said Kirby Kemper (pictured), vice president for Research at Florida State.
The system will alter the study of environmental and biological samples. It is expected to result in major innovations in the field of chemical analysis.
Massachusetts school bond sale to benefit renovations
The Massachusetts School Building Authority will sell $151 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds for renovations. The debt will be backed by state sales taxes.
Grant will address technology in schools in New Mexico
The Alamogordo (New Mexico) Public Schools have been awarded a $1.2 million grant over three years to help implement the "Power Up" project, providing instructional support through the use of technology in the schools. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity and will also be used for additional counseling for military dependent students.
The AHS Ninth Grade Academy Power Up project will supply laptops for students to use at school, smart boards for each classroom, LCD projectors for each classroom, a laptop for each teacher and professional development for the staff. 
Schools plan bond to pay for consolidation, renovations
Fred McCarthyThe South Whidbey School Board will put a bond issue of approximately $25 million before voters this year to help defray the costs of consolidation of South Whidbey High and Langley Middle School. Some of the funds also will be used for repairs and upgrades. "The money will be used to repair and upgrade problem areas in all our buildings, and to prepare the high school to be a good learning environment for our children," District Superintendent Fred McCarthy (pictured) said.
The biggest part of the funds will be spent on $10.6 million in renovations that include four new classrooms at the high school and a gym for the middle school students. Artificial turf will be installed at Waterman Field for $3.6 million; facility repairs will cost $10.5 million. The high school remodel will cost $300,000.
Missouri State lays out plans for $5.5M learning center
Missouri State University is planning a $5.5 million, 27,000-square-foot Learning Center for its agricultural center. The center will include high-tech classrooms and labs with a large event and banquet hall. 
Bond issue for construction, renovation passes in Georgia
Voters in Carrollton, Georgia, recently approved an $8 million bond issue that will be used for both construction and renovation projects. The bonds are Qualified School Construction Bonds, which are no-interest federal bonds. The proceeds from the bonds will build a $5.5 million two-story sixth grade building and provide for $2.5 million in renovations to the high school gym and restrooms. 
Illinois State gears up for 800-bed apartment addition
Al BowmanIllinois State University will employ a public/private partnership for building an 800-bed apartment complex for undergraduates. The partnership allows the university to provide "attractive, modern and cost-effective" living space for students, said ISU President Al Bowman (pictured).
The apartment complex will include four, four-story buildings with parking lots, a community center and grass-covered quad. The project, with a price tag of $59.1 million, is expected to net about $300,000 a year, which will go to paying off the debt.

Thomasville school system preparing to spend $2 million
The Thomasville City School System in Georgia is preparing to spend $2 million in bond money. Officials with the school say they will use the funding to replace windows, refurbish floor coverings and provide renovations to schools throughout the city. 
West Virginia institutions expecting funds for projects
West Virginia's governor is expected to soon approve some $150 million in construction and renovation projects at state universities, parks and the State Capitol complex. Among the projects are a $23 million renovation of White Hall at West Virginia University, a $15 million renovation of Fleming Hall at West Virginia State University and $9 million renovations of 35 bathrooms at the State Capitol Building.
Another $90 million is expected for higher education projects, including $13 million for renovation of academic buildings and $9 million for repairs to Smith Hall at Marshall University, $6 million for renovations to Concord University's fine arts building and library, $6 million for renovation of the Turley Center at Fairmont State University and $4.6 million for Fairmont's Wallman Hall. Other renovation projects include $1.15 million at Shepherd University, $6 million at Bluefield State College and $2.75 million at West Liberty University. Other planned expenditures include $1.3 million to repair a fountain, $1.5 million to renovate the Capitol courtyard, $2.1 million for roof repairs and $600,000 for a new sprinkler system for the Capitol basement.
Kansas school district facing second bond issue in two years
Alan CunninghamThe Unified School District #443 in Kansas will in November face its second school bond issue in just two yeas. District officials are proposing a new middle school for 600-700 students. The roughly 140,000-square-foot building would cost approximately $35 million.
"The bond issue has been streamlined to one issue instead of three," said USD 443 Superintendent Alan Cunningham (pictured). He noted that a bond issue in 2009 with a value of $60 million for several issues failed. The current proposed bond issue is less than that and for one item.
Michigan school district anticipates $9 million bond vote
The Alma school board in Michigan is preparing to put a $9 million school bond before voters. The  funds would be used to make upgrades at the high school that include a new roof, new windows, upgrades to the swimming pool and auditorium and making bathrooms handicapped accessible.

New academic building on tap for UW-Eau Claire
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been awarded more than $1 million to help build a new academic building. The State Building Commission has approved $1.4 million in funding that will build a new facility to replace the Brewer Hall/Campus School. The $44 million project is expected to begin next year.

Chino Valley school district plans energy conservation projects
The Chino Valley (Arizona) Unified School District has approved seeking Qualified Construction Bonds to pay for energy conservation projects at the high school. The district will spend approximately $950,000 for energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning along with classroom lighting. The school district will pay the remaining $700,000 toward the project from its energy savings.
School to prioritize projects for upcoming bond election
Richard RundhaugAlthough they haven't set the amount yet, the board of the Willcox, Arizona, school district has agreed to put a bond election before voters in November. Superintendent Dr. Richard Rundhaug (pictured) said the district expects to have an architect hired by August to assess the most viable projects for the bond election and begin prioritizing them.
Among the proposed projects that would benefit from a successful bond proposal are a new track, development of sports fields and the possible addition of a gym at the high school, addition of an administrative/multi-purpose building at the elementary school and improvements to middle school rooms. 
Scottsdale school board sets $118M November bond
Major renovations and additions to the Mohave and Cocopah Middle Schools will be on tap if voters in Scottsdale, Arizona, pass a $118 million bond referendum in November. The Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center and Ingleside Middle School would also undergo major work. Included for proposed repairs would be 27 school parking lots. Schools would also see extensive heating and air conditioning systems replaced. However, school officials estimate that the repairs would result in $610,000 in operations costs savings. Renovations at Cocopah include addition of a two-story building that would be more energy efficient, extensive draining improvements, music room and gym renovations and upgrades to the cafeteria. 
University of Arizona issues bonds for health-science building
The University of Arizona has offered $146. million in revenue bonds for construction of a health-science building. Of the total, $139.2 million is in Build America Bonds and $7.5 million is in tax-exempt bonds. 
New high school on drawing board for Michigan school
Steven GaynorThe Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, school board has voted to build a new high school that will open in fall 2013. It will sit on the campus of Andover High School. Cost of the project is estimated at $87 million. Votes will have to approve renewal of construction bonds in November that will expire in 2014 and 2015. Michigan schools are facing funding problems and populations are declining. As a result, some schools have closed. "We've had to close two elementaries, state aid is dropping and people now know -  the house is smoking, and if we do nothing it will catch fire," said Superintendent Steven Gaynor (pictured). The new school would accommodate 1,800 students. 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
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Opportunity of the week
Three health care facility construction projects on tap in Southeast
Three health care facility construction projects with a combined price tag of $5 million have been approved in a large metropolitan county in the Southeast. One is an 8,000-square-foot, $2.8 million health center, one is a 7,500-square-foot, $1.9 million children's health center and the last is a $290,000, 2,000-square-foot addition to a local community health center. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
California considers electronic license plates
The California Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state to begin research regarding electronic license plates for vehicles. The plates, would switch from their regular display when the vehicle is moving to digital ads or other messages when the vehicle is stopped for more than four seconds. California lawmakers will look at the prospect of using the plates as a way to add to the state's budget revenue. The plates could also be used to broadcast Amber Alerts or traffic information. Interested advertisers would contract directly with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Denver light rail expansion plans announced
Lee KempPlans for a $2.1 billion light rail expansion project to Denver International Airport, Arvada-Wheat Ridge and south Westminster has been announced by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The proposal includes design for a new state-of-the-art commuter rail vehicle and train control system. A consortium will save taxpayers $300 million and allow for a completion date of 11 months sooner than expected. RTD Board Chair
Lee Kemp (pictured) called the public/private partnership "a remarkable achievement" for the RTD that "meets our goal of contracting under our budget and ahead of our schedule."
The consortium is expected to bring about $1.3 billion to the table and the RTD will throw in $775 million. The consortium will operate and maintain rail service on the lines for 40 years. RTD officials also are hoping for an infusion of $1 billion in funds from the federal government.
Virginia approves $7.8 billion roads, railroads plan
Essential rail, transit, transportation demand management, bicycle, pedestrian and highway projects are part of a $7.8 billion, six-year plan approved recently by the Commonwealth of Virginia Transportation Board. Projects already under construction and facing deficits will be considered, along with deficient bridges and pavements.
City of San Antonio issues bonds for streets, bridges, more

The City of San Antonio has issued $250.8 million in debt that will be used for improvements of streets, bridges and public spaces. The offering includes $201.9 million in Build America Bonds, $9.5 million in tax-exempt bonds and $39.4 million of combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation.
North Carolina city has requests for $50M in bonds

Last year, the state of North Carolina distributed Recovery Act funding to 94 counties and seven cities. However, when some of the entities failed to meet deadlines or decided not to pursue projects, the money went back into the state's pot of stimulus bond funds. The state has since drawn funding requests for those leftover funds.
Approved in the Charlotte area for funding the second time around are $21 million to modernize water and wastewater treatment plants in Mooresville; $8 million to build a 21,600-square-foot downtown conference center in Gastonia with an adjacent parking deck and 5,000-square-foot environmental studies center; a $1.5 million allocation to a nursing home management company for a 9,800-square-foot office in Gastonia; nearly $17 million to fund an expansion of a food company facility in Claremont.
USDOT approves funding for North Carolina projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation has approve a grant of $410,000 for the city of Rock Hill to purchase six new commuter buses and a $1.5 million grant to repair the runway lighting at the Rock Hill-York County  Airport.
Four New Mexico Indian tribes to improve water, wastewater systems
Four American Indian communities will share nearly $4 million in federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help them improve their water and wastewater systems. The tribes sharing the funds include the Navajo Nation's Pueblo Pintado Chapter, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and San Ildefonso Pueblo.  
Federal funds announced for projects in Iowa airports
More than $1.15 million in federal funding is headed to airports in Iowa for improvements. The Federal Aviation Administration will administer the funds, which include: 
  • Muscatine Municipal - $85,500 for snow removal equipment;
  • Forest City Municipal - $103,650 for snow removal equipment;
  • Northeast Iowa Regional (Charles City) - $58,769 to install a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI);
  • Belle Plaine Municipal - $142,500 for snow removal equipment and storage;
  • Algona Municipal - $112,727 to install runway end identification lights;
  • Audubon County Airport - $50,000 for the rehabilitation of a runway and parking lot construction;
  • Albia Municipal - $201,916 for taxiway construction;
  • Atlantic Municipal - $100,000 for taxiway construction;
  • Greenfield Municipal - $157,700 for runway rehabilitation; and
  • Denison Municipal - $138,096 for taxiway construction.
West Virginia city approves $5 million for developing airport
New access roads and aviation hangars will be part of a $5 million development of the Morgantown, West Virginia, airport's east side. City officials recently approved the funding that will help accommodate a $23 million National Guard Readiness Center and a 90-acre light industrial business park. City and airport officials note that with the development, both businesses and corporations that either want to be based in the city or fly into the city will have access to the Morgantown Municipal Airport. 
City in Alabama approves bonds for water treatment plant
Bill ShoemakerCity officials in Tuscumbia, Alabama, have authorized the sale of $15.75 million in bonds to build a water treatment plant with nearly twice the capacity of the existing plant. Officials are expecting competitive bids. Mayor Bill Shoemaker (pictured) said numerous companies are expected to bid on the project. "We hit this thing at as good a time as we can," the mayor said.
The plant will produce 4 million gallons of water per day and will be better equipped to meet customer demands. Bids will go out this summer and construction likely will begin in September and take up to 18 months. With the capability to expand to about 6 million gallons per day, the new plant should meet the city's needs for about 50 years. 
Maine voters approve bonds for variety of projects
Voters in Maine recently approved a bond issue that will provide $26.5 million for an offshore wind energy demonstration site, related manufacturing and campus energy conservation, nearly $48 million for highways, railroads and marine facilities and approximately $10 million for clean water projects.
Arkansas airports qualify for $1.2 million in federal funds
Repair and new construction projects will be on tap at 10 airports in Arkansas that have qualified for federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The largest share of the $1.2 million in funding is Bentonville's Louise M. Thaden Field, which will receive $351,068 to build a new taxiway. Other airports and their funding include:
  • Bearce Airport, Mt. Ida - $42,146 to create designs to refurbish the taxiway and apron;
  • Blytheville Municipal Airport - $75,129 to acquire new land for a future runway;
  • Brinkley's Federer Memorial Airport - $162,062 to repair its runway;
  • Howard County Airport in Nashville - $105,421 to repair cracks and fix pavement on runway;
  • Paragould's Kirk Field - $39,964 to install perimeter fencing;
  • Marion County Airport in Flippin - $38,950 to fix aircraft parking area;
  • Manilla Municipal Airport - $23,750 to design a runway end identifier lightning system;
  • Mena Intermountain Airport - $277,000 to construct a taxiway; and
  • Osceola Municipal Airport - $87,104 for a runway.
Funding approved for runway extension in Kansas
More than $176,000 has been awarded to the Moritz Memorial Airport in Beloit, Kansas, to purchase land for a runway extension. The funding is administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Loading facility to undergo modernization, expansion

The Auke Bay Loading Facility in Juneau, Alaska, will go forward with its modernization and expansion program after receiving a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new loading facility will allow for improved distribution services for the local fishing industry and offset the high cost of local operations for small freight companies.
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
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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 and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Daniel Nelan.
Daniel NelanDaniel Nelan served the National Guard Bureau as brigadier general and special assistant to the director for the Army National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. from 2009 to 2010 and the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA/National Exercise Division as deputy director from 2009 to 2010. He was a colonel and chief of the joint staff in the California National Guard from 2005 to 2009, colonel and deputy chief of staff of operations from 2003 to 2005, colonel and director of army aviation and safety from 2001 to 2003 and colonel and aircraft pilot supervisor from 1999 to 2001. He was a lieutenant colonel and aircraft pilot supervisor for the California National Guard from 1991 to 1998. Nelan is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States and National Guard Association of California. He was recently appointed executive director of the California Department of Veterans Affairs "Operation Welcome Home." 
What the states are doing with stimulus funds
The city of Palm Bay, Florida, will use Recovery Zone Economic Development bonds, a product of the federal Recovery Act, to help construct a $4.7 million project to expand its Malabar Road city hall complex. Under the program, the federal government will pay part of the interest the city would have to pay.
In Chicago, Illinois, the S&C Electric Company has been awarded $1 million in stimulus funds to help the Chicago-based company install a new green roof to reduce its energy consumption. The funds also will assist the company as it makes energy-efficient electrical switching and protection products, some that connect renewable energy sources to the electric grid.
Nacogdoches (Texas) County commissioners will use Recovery Act funding to purchase 15 new air conditioning units for the county jail. Grant funds totaling just over $115,000 will buy seven, 7.5-ton units, seven 4-ton units and one 12.5-ton unit.
Some $20 million in Recovery Act funding will be used toward a $129.6 million project in Kentucky to replace the Milton-Madison Bridge, adding bicycle and pedestrian access between the two communities to provide alternative forms of transportation.
A $3.28 million project to include a storm drainage system for a flood-prone area of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, will get under way in early July thanks to stimulus funding. The project also includes adding curb, gutter and sidewalks, traffic signals and turn lanes on busy Ninth Street South.
Dr. Dana GibsonCharles Harvey Charles Harvey (top right), who previously was in charge of oversight of federal Recovery Act receipt and spending in Nevada, has been named executive director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services, replacing Tim Tetz, who has become national legislative director for the American Legion in Washington, D.C. Named lone finalist for the position of president of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, is Dr. Dana Gibson (top left), who currently serves the university as vice president for finance and operations. Attorney and state school board member Brad Bryant has been named interim Georgia Schools Superintendent, replacing Kathy Cox, who has resigned. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police force has chosen Kenton Rainey, former Terrence MooreMark WeatherfordFairfield police chief, as its new chief, replacing former chief Gay Gee, who retired. The Clovis, New Mexico, Municipal Schools board of education has named four finalists - all from Texas - who will interview for the superintendent job being vacated by Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwum - Dalhart ISD Superintendent David Foote, Pampa ISD Superintendent Barry Haenisch, Mount Pleasant ISD Superintendent Terry Myers and Wichita Falls ISD Assistant Superintendent Tim Powers. Port San Antonio has promoted Senior Vice President of Real Estate Management Michael LeMaire to the newly created position of chief operating officer. The Jal, New Mexico, school board has offered the superintendent's position to Laredo ISD Executive Director of Plant Facilities Israel Carrera, after Kristina Baca accepted the position and then declined to Linda WatsonKurt Triplettaccept a post in the Lovington School District. Mark Weatherford (top middle left), California's chief information security officer, will leave that position next month to become vice president and chief security officer for the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Las Cruces, New Mexico, City Manager Terrence Moore (top middle right) has resigned his position, effective in December, to pursue other professional interests. The current chief executive officers for LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orlando, Linda S. Watson (bottom middle left) has been offered the job of president and chief executive officer of Cap Metro in Austin, Texas. Former Wicomico County Department of Recreation and Parks employee and most recently head of the parks division for the city of Norfolk, Virginia, Rick Konrad has been named city manager of the city of Fruitland, Maryland, effective July 1. Jeff Pomeranz, current city manager in West Des Moines, has been chosen asRoderick Little James Amosthe lone finalist for the city manager post in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kirkland, Washington, has named Kurt Triplett (bottom middle right), most recently King County's interim county executive, as its new city manager,  replacing Interim City Manager Marilynne Beard, who will return to her post as assistant city manager. Kelly Pehrson has been named manager of the city of Monticello, Minnesota, effective July 6. Santa Monica, California, Deputy Police Chief Phillip Sanchez is the new chief of police for the department. David Luers, deputy fire chief in Burlington, Iowa, has been named chief of the Fort Dodge Fire Department.  Roderick Little (bottom right), a University of Michigan biostatistician, will become the U.S. Census Bureau's new associate director for statistical methodology and standards. Luke Thompson has been named police chief in the city of Byram, Mississippi. Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mayor Tom Henry has chosen Elizabeth Malow as the city's new deputy mayor. Allan Moir has been named Kennebunkport, Maine's, new fire chief after having served with the fire and police departments and as the sewer district superintendent. Duaine Espegard of Grand Forks and Kirsten Diederich of Fargo have been named to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. The Lubbock (Texas) ISD has hired Mark Hinshaw as its new police chief. Assistant Commandant Gen. James Amos (bottom left) has been recommended as the next commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Michael Walleman, former detective lieutenant overseeing investigations, has been sworn in as the new police chief in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Attorney Michael Bromwich, a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice, has been tapped as head of the Minerals Management Service.
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FEMA grant recipients can attend grants management workshops
Basic Fundamentals of Grants Management Workshops for recipients of FEMA grant funding are being planned as a cooperative effort of FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate and the National Criminal Justice Association. The Grants Management Technical Assistance program provides grants management principles and practices to state, regional, local and tribal jusisdictions.  The next workshop will be held Aug. 24-25 in New York. Basic principles and practices to enhance the ability of FEMA grant recipients to administer grant funding will be addressed. Target audience will include direct recipients such as State Administrative Agencies, Transit Security Grant Program and Port Security Grant Program personnel, Assistance to Firefighter Grant specialists and/or subrecipients such as Urban Areas Initiative personnel. Registration for the workshop is free but participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs. 
Health care information e-seminar slated for June 24
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.
National Forum on Criminal Justice, Public Safety set
The 2010 National Forum on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association and the Integrated Justice Information System partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is set for Aug. 1-3 in Fort Myers, Florida. "Navigating Evidence-based Policies and Practices" is the theme of the event. The forum will include leaders from state, tribal and local governments and the private sector seeking to improve community safety. They also will hear about the most effective course of evidence-based policies and practices. Expert panelists will be on hand to discuss criminal justice and public safety, sharing practical solutions that work. Participation in the National Forum is open to any individual who works in the criminal justice or public safety field. To register, click here.
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