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Volume 2, Issue 11
June 30, 2010
Check for public sector funding before allocating time and resources! 
 
Mary Scott NabersPublic sector funding is currently very tight in some areas, but it is abundant in other areas. Sometimes, contractors are asked by one department of government to readjust their pricing for services because of budget constraints while another department in the same public entity announces attractive new contracting opportunities. It can be baffling!
 
The reality is that government funding is segmented. One program area may have no funds while another division has more funding than it needs. Successful government contractors learn quickly to spend time and resources offering solutions only to decision-makers in areas where funding is readily available.
 

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Florida DMS employees job hunting
Covered bridges to be restored
Federal agencies in joint project
Upcoming education opportunities
Opportunity of the week
Other upcoming contract opportunities
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Florida DMS employees may be victims of budget cuts
 
Conforming bill, which didn't pass, would have restored high-level jobs
 
Charles CovingtonNearly 20 top-level employees of Florida's Department of Management Services (DMS), including the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and all division directors, could be the victims of a proposed shakeup gone awry in the agency.
 
DMS is the agency responsible for state purchasing, retirement and health benefits, technology and other specialized services. During the recently completed legislative session, the Florida Senate led a charge to dismantle DMS and assign its functions to other agencies. The legislature went so far as to propose elimination of 18 top-level positions in the state budget in anticipation that the agency would be dissolved.
 
But when budget negotiations began in earnest, the Senate backed down on its efforts to eliminate the agency. The positions eliminated in the budget proposal were restored in the budget conforming bill. Although Florida Gov. Charlie Crist threatened to veto the entire budget, he did not. What he did do, however, was veto the conforming bill that restored the 18 positions. When the original budget bill was approved, it took precedence over the conforming bill.
 
The language in the budget bill required holders of the top positions at DMS to resign their posts and re-apply for them, becoming subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. This was a new provision, since in the past only appointment of agency heads were subject to Senate approval. Those who resigned are now finding there are insufficient senior management positions for which they can apply.
 
Although the Secretary and Inspector General positions are created by statute, it is possible that the legislature would have to change the law to no longer fund those positions. The remainder of the positions are created by the budget. Thus how - and when - they will be filled is a matter for discussion. While the incoming Florida governor likely would have replaced some of the positions at DMS in the new administration, the fate of the remainder of the 18 who were asked to resign their jobs is still up in the air. At least one DMS official - State Purchasing Director Charles Covington (pictured) - has announced that he will retire in August. 
 
 
Nearly $10 million will help restore covered bridges
 
Fourteen structures in 10 states will benefit from bridge preservation program 
 
Harshaville BridgeThe Blair Covered Bridge in New Hampshire and the Rudolph and Arthur Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania were awarded $1.724 million and $1.6 million respectively as part of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. The Harashaville Covered Bridge in Ohio (pictured) was awarded $100,000 for rehabilitation. The three are among 14 bridges in 10 states that will share $9.4 million in funding.
 
The Blair Bridge in Grafton County is one of the earliest examples of "pre-stressing," a technique used in construction that allows a bridge to carry a heavier load or span a greater distance. FHWA is also planning to research ways to improve load testing and treatment for preserving and restoring historic bridges.
 
To receive funding, these historic covered bridges must be eligible under the National Register of Historic Places.
 
To view the complete list of award recipients, 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.
 
Federal agencies to make $75M in funding available
 
Awards to be made for transportation, housing efforts toward livable communities
 
Two federal agencies are working together to help design a program that makes communities that are more livable through their efforts regarding transportation, housing and commercial development investments. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced a collaborative effort to create more livable, sustainable communities.
 
Their goals will be met through $75 million in shared resources - $35 million from USDOT's $35 million in Tiger (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants and $40 million in HUD's Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for planning activities that will eventually lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development.
 
The TIGER grants can be used to plan, prepare or design surface transportation projects that help build affordable, economical, sustainable communities. That can mean amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes and building codes either for an area or a neighborhood that will lead to reusing older buildings for new purposes and to promote mixed-use development. Officials feel these kinds of projects will encourage more efficient and effective transit-based development as well. Areas that encourage coordinated housing, economic development and transportation investments will be rewarded by the program. Those participating would only have to deal with one application process instead of two.
 
Some examples of these kinds of projects include expanded transportation projects such as para-transit services for individuals with disabilities that allow them to live in communities where there are more opportunities for them, developing affordable housing near transportation and development of a freight corridor that would route freight traffic around town centers, residential areas and schools. Full applications for the program are due Aug. 23.
 
Upcoming education opportunities
 
Washington and Lee University to issue $5 million in bonds
Scott BeebeWashington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, will issue $5 million in bonds to underwrite projects whose goal is to reduce by 20 percent the university's energy consumption and its carbon footprint. The projects are expected to pay for themselves over five years. 
 
Scott Beebe (pictured), director of facilities management, said the project includes 34 potential projects with a total price tag just under $5 million. The biggest part of the project will be the retro-commissioning of seven of the university's existing buildings."This project will have the most immediate impact on the day-to-day lives of people using the buildings, because we'll be looking at the temperature-control systems," said Beebe.
 
Utah school district renovations on tap after bond passage
Voters in the Canyons School District in Utah recently passed a $250 bond election. As a result, a dozen school buildings in the district will be either rebuilt or renovated and a new high school will be built in Draper. 
 
Facility improvements subject of $42 million California bond vote
Some $42 million in facilities improvements at Calistoga Elementary and Calistoga Junior/Senior High School are riding on passage of a bond election in the Calistoga, California, Joint Unified School District. The bond package also would pay for a new gym and cafeteria at the high school. The bond referendum is set for November.  
 
The project also includes installing solar panels to generate hot water for building use and the use of green-roof technology combined with wind and solar panels on a library roof. The biggest portion of the funding - $2.4 million - will go toward upgrading the pneumatic controls on campus to a modem electronic system. 
 
School budget includes $22 million for construction
Joy Bowen
The Leon County (Florida) School Board recently approved its capital outlay budget for the 2010-2011 school year and it includes $22 million for construction projects. Among the projects is the proposed renovation and remodeling of the food service area at an elementary school that will cost $4.5 million.
 
Board member Joy Bowen (pictured) said she was pleased with the construction figure, which is similar to that of the last budget. "I have to be pleased with any nickel we have to spend, but to be a cutting-edge school district we have to always be upgrading. It's like keeping up a house," she said.
 
Georgia schools to share $4.6 million for school routes
Some 30 schools in Georgia will share $4.6 million in funding through the Georgia Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program. The funds are designed to improve bicycle and walking routes to schools.  Among the recipients of funding:
  • Glynn County - $220,000;
  • City of Newton/Baker County - $52,000;
  • City of Newnan - $43,000;
  • City of Decatur - $499,000;
  • Fulton County - $500,000;
  • City of Tifton - $296,000;
  • City of Dunwoody - $499,000;
  • City of Grayson - $219,000;
  • Forsyth County - $499,000;
  • City of Jefferson - $500,000;
  • City of Marietta - $493,000; and
  • City of Palmetto - $469,000
 Building revenue bonds to help pay for Kentucky renovations
Joe TiniusThe school board's finance committee of the Bowling Green Independent Schools recently approved issuing building revenue bonds totaling $510,000 for renovations at the W.R. McNeill Elementary School. Most of the funding will go toward enlarging the library and adding a media center to it.
 
Superintendent Joe Tinius (pictured) said the renovations also will include upgrading the data cable system to power technology systems and the installation of energy-efficient windows. Renovations are ongoing at the Bowling Green High School, relating to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Additional work there will include replacing data cables and extending them to other campus facilities and replacing doors on campus buildings.
 
Ohio school district plans bond vote for building projects
The Southeastern Local Schools District in Ohio is hoping voters will OK a more than $7.9 million bond election in November that would pay for half the costs of a building project. The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission would fund the remaining half. The bond would provide for building one building to house all students - from kindergarten through 12th grade.
 
Manatee Technical Institute planning start of building in February
The construction of a state-of-the-art, 209,000-square-foot, $41 million new building is expected for Manatee (Florida) Technical Institute. The building is aimed at consolidating the programs of the entity from more than 20 existing buildings. The building will also need furnishings, equipment and technology. 
 
Construction is expected to begin in February of next year and be completed by December 2012. Officials say the existing campus is outdated and has small classrooms not conducive to large equipment necessary for teaching. The new campus will feature 860 students stations, 573 asphalt parking spaces and 151 grass parking spaces. The facility would include an auditorium, media center, book store and open multipurpose/dining room.  

Columbia University can proceed with campus extension plan
Lee BollingerNew York's Court of Appeals has handed down a decision that will allow Columbia University to continue with its plans to build a $6.3 billion satellite campus in Harlem. The court ruled that the state could seize private property through eminent domain for the project after a number of business owners refused to sell their property to make room for the campus.
 
Columbia President Lee Bollinger (pictured) called the decision "an extremely important moment" in the university's history. "We are looking forward to moving ahead with the long-term revitalization of these blocks," he said, to help the city and state "remain a global center for pioneering academic research." The project will include 16 new buildings for science, business and the arts, built over several decades.
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
Opportunity of the week...
A California city has approved a budget $7 million more than last year and that includes a five-year program to landscape, improve pavement and intersections, build bus shelters and bicycle lanes, build a household hazardous waste facility and other projects. The program cost over the five years is $320 million. The largest portion - $242 million ($600,000 this year) - is for a planned city civic center which will include city offices, a library and other facilities. Also this year, the city will spend $275,000 on replacing computers, servers, printers, police radios and other equipment. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com
 
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
 
Texas city making plans for eighth new fire station
John MurphyDesign for the eighth fire station in Carrollton, Texas, is expected to begin in 2012, with construction set for 2013 or 2014, but the biggest concern is not money to fund the project, but money to keep the station functioning after it's built. The city has an agreement with neighboring cities to assist when needed. "If one of our trucks is returning back to the station and they get a call that they can respond to faster than another station, then we will lend that assistance," said Fire Chief John Murphy (pictured). If the project stays on schedule, officials expect it will be up and running by 2015. 
 
Company seeking funds for electric car plug-in stations
A Columbus, Ohio, company is anticipating applying for $10 to $15 million in federal stimulus funds to help it place hundreds of charging stations throughout the state for recharging plug-in electric cars. The company is based at Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research. The state and some cities have promised to buy some electric vehicles for their fleets when they are available and the company wants to make sure charging stations are available.
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation has $600 million available this year for competitive grants related to transportation projects designed to stimulate economic growth.
 
Federal grant means new mobile radios for agencies
A federal grant of more than $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be used to equip several agencies in Hampton Township, Michigan, with new mobile radios. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program funding will pay for two-way radios for fire department and public safety agencies. The 75 radios to be purchased are both base units and portable units and will be distributed to 14 different entities. 
 
Navajo Nation signs loan for new judicial buildings
Joe ShirleyThe Navajo Nation has signed a $60 million loan that will pay for building new tribal courts, jails and other public safety buildings in Arizona and New Mexico. Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr. (pictured) said the loan is the first major institutional financing deal governed exclusively by tribal law. It is also subject to tribal jurisdiction in recognition of Navajo sovereignty.
 
Shirley said tribal officials are hopeful the new judicial and public safety improvements will help reduce the crime rate in the tribe.
 
USDOT awards $6 million for truck parking on interstates
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6 million to address the parking shortage for commercial trucks on five interstate highways across the nation - I-15 in Utah, I-10 in Mississippi, I-5 in Oregon, I-40 in Tennessee and I-81 in Pennsylvania. The funds will be used to add parking capacity and to develop ways to provide information to truckers on space availability as they travel freight corridors.
 
California flood control dam getting closer to construction
The Riverside County Flood Control District in California is currently purchasing property so that construction can begin on the Eagle Canyon flood control dam. Officials are hopeful to put the project out for bid in December, with construction possibly beginning in April with a late 2011 or early 2012 completion date. The $6 million cost of the dam will be paid by the district. 
 
Virginia city explores building new administrative building
Patrick RobertsOfficials of the City of Suffolk, Virginia, are looking at the possibility of building a new complex where it would house its administrative offices. Assistant City Manager Patrick Roberts (pictured) said the city would try to provide residents with "a one-stop shop," with a request for proposals asking for a master plan that would keep all, or most, of the city's municipal offices together. "This plan will allow us to look at how all the pieces of the municipal center fit together," he said
 
Another city project upcoming will be the stabilization of the current City Hall. An architectural firm has been hired to offer possible solutions for a falling floor slab, bowing walls, interior wall cracks and other problems. Once that report is finished, city officials will know if the repairs would be more costly than just starting over.
 
Farmingdale to get $6.2 million for road project
Farmingdale, Maine, is planning to take advantage of a $47 million transportation projects bond that will pay for projects around the state, including 1.5 miles along U.S. Route 201. The Maine Department of Transportation has allocated $6.2 million for the Farmingdale project. Bids are now being accepted and will be opened in mid-August. Work on the road is expected to start later this year. 
 
Community grants lead to projects totaling $2.9 million
A number of cities in Vermont were awarded grants by the Vermont Community Development Program. Some of the awards include $600,000 to Newport for an affordable housing project, $330,000 to Windsor for energy efficiency projects at an affordable housing project, $125,000 to St. Albans for downtown streetscape work, $30,000 to Coventry for a consultant for an airport expansion and $30,000 to Darby to improve its library.
 
Veterans Affairs planning wireless Internet for hospital patients
Gail GrahamThe Veterans Affairs Department (VA) has announced it plans to install wireless networks at health care facilities across the country for patients and their families to use. There are currently 153 VA hospitals, 134 nursing homes and 50 residential rehabilitation facilities in the United States, so the project will be big.
  
Gail Graham (pictured), deputy chief officer for Health Information Management at he VA, said veterans and their families will be able to use the network for communications, e-mail and therapeutic activities. Any network the VA installs will have to run separately from Wi-Fi networks already in place in hospitals that support medical operations. The VA will ask the technology industry to propose business models for the outsourced network. A request for the network is likely to be out within the next six months. It is expected to be a multi-million-dollar project. 
 
Fountain City gets funding for new firehouse
A Community Focus Fund grant of $500,000 was recently awarded to Fountain City, Indiana, to build a new firehouse. It is part of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grant funds awarded in Indiana.
 
State Bond Commission likely to approve new health center, water project
The Connecticut State Bond Commission is expected to approve $2.5 million for the Middletown Community Health Center when it meets July 13. The funds would provide for the construction of a three-story, 50,000-square-foot center that is expected to provide a "one stop" health care home for primary care, dental and behavioral health services. 
 
Additionally, the Bond Commission is expected to release more than $241,000 to connect a public water supply to homes in Somers, Connecticut, where water wells are contaminated by agricultural chemicals. 
 
Arlington Metro to get funds to help pay for needed upgrades
Chris ZimmermanThe Arlington, Virginia, County Board has approved $121.6 million in funding over six years for upgrades to the Metro system. The funds are the first from any entity that has agreed to the transit agency's $5 billion, six-year funding plan.
 
County Board and Metro board member Chris Zimmerman (pictured) called the funding a wise use of county money for much-needed improvements. He said both the rail and bus systems are in need of funding. He called the county investment "an important, necessary step" to get improvements under way. The plan makes use of federal, state and local funding and will include the purchase of rail cars, escalator rehabilitation, track upgrades and more. In addition to Metro funding, Arlington's $1.2 billion capital improvement plan includes money for paving, storm water projects and neighborhood conservation. Another $165.5 million was included for capital projects for schools, including money to build a new Wakefield High School.
 
 
Duluth International Airport gets $5 million for terminal, improvements
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $5 million to improve the airport's infrastructure and to construct a new terminal building. The funds will help complete the second phase of a three-phase project at the airport. Early plans call for a three-story, 27,000-square-foot addition to an existing terminal that faces the tarmac. Airport parking would also be expanded and the entrance road would be reconfigured. Phase three will include construction improvements of $7.3 million on pavement and shoulders on one runway. 
  
Virginia to receive $9.6 million for infrastructure protection
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness more than $9.6 million from its Infrastructure Protection Grant Program. The funding includes:
  • Alexandria Transit Company - $200,000 Transit Security grant;
  • Norfolk Southern Railway - $724,250 Freight and Railway Grant;
  • Hampton Roads - $4.28 million and Port of Richmond - $625,000 Port Security Grant;
  • Various bus lines - $428,385 Intercity Bus Grant;
  • The Commonwealth - $1.223 million Interoperability Emergency Communication Grant;
  • City of Hopewell - $250,000 and Washington County - $187,488 Emergency Operations Center Grants;
  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles - $1.098 million Drivers Licenses Security Grant; and
  • The Commonwealth - $600,000 Buffer Zone Protection Grant. 
LBJ Freeway in Dallas-Forth Worth area draws USDOT funding
The LBJ Freeway (I-635) in Texas has been named to receive an $850 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the second largest loan in the program's history. 
 
The project includes three lanes in each direction that will operate as managed lanes, two-lane frontage roads in each direction and an additional third lane in several sections, for a total of 18-20 lanes. The project is expected to take up to five years to complete. 
 
Ohio city to issue bonds to finance variety of projects
The City Council in Monroe, Ohio, is issuing $19.6 million in bonds to finance its water system, to purchase fire department equipment, to fund road improvements and other projects. Of that total, $6.9 million will be for a variety of issues, including $5.9 million for roads. 
 
 For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.  
 
 
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 Dr. John Deasy.
 
John DeasyDr. John Deasy (pictured) began his career in education as a teacher of high school biology, chemistry, calculus and English. He also coached high school sports and was an assistant high school principal in New York. He later served as superintendent of the Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island and as head of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified District in California. From 2006 to 2008, he was superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland.  He has been a faculty member in university doctoral programs in several states. In 2008, Deasy was chosen deputy director of the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he promoted practices and policies nationwide that would ensure that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college. Deasy recently gave up his position with the foundation to accept the job of deputy superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Deasy holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Providence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville.
 
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What the states are doing with stimulus funds
 
At least 64 charging stations for electric vehicles will be built in Maryland using more than $500,000 in federal stimulus funding. Another $500,000 will go toward wiring truck stops so truckers don't have to depend on their diesel engines to provide electricity when parked.
 
In New Mexico, $1 million in recovery dollars will be used to boost state police funding throughout the state. Much of the funding will be allocated to the purchase of 11 new vehicles and for fuel. 
 
Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to install an integrated energy management system on campus. The award is through Conservation Works, a $22-million competitive grant funded by the Recovery Act. The system will save the college energy by scheduling and monitoring the operations of its HVAC, lighting and plumbing systems. It is the first phase of more than $7.4 million in energy infrastructure upgrades that could save the college up to $689,000 per year. 
 
Some $26 million in Recovery Act funding is headed to two development projects in Baltimore County, Maryland. One will use its $16 million award to redevelop a vacant, 12-story building while the other will use up to $10 million in bonds to build a five-story, 105-room hotel. These are among a number of private sector projects being funded by the bill.
 
People
 
Pedro SegarraRichard LazarusIn the wake of the resignation of Hartford, Connecticut Mayor Eddie Perez after conviction on corruption charges, Pedro Segarra (top left), the city council president, was sworn in as the city's 66th mayor. Albany, New York, Mayor Jerry Jennings has named acting police chief Steven Krokoff chief of police of the city, pending approval by the Common Council. Corona, California, Police Chief Raymond Cota has retired and will now become police chief of Sedona, Arizona. The City of Rohnert Park, California, will name as its new city manager Gabriel Gonzales, who currently serves as the top administrator in the city of Mendota. Richard Lazarus (top right), professor of law at Georgetown University, has been named executive director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. CohenFrank VecinBill Kowba has announced two key appointments to his administration - Michael Mallinoff, director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs, will serve as acting city manager and Douglas E. Smith, current city administrator, will serve as special assistant for development. Bill Kowba (middle left), former chief financial officer and twice interim superintendent, has been named by the San Diego, California, board of education as the school district's new superintendent. Miami-Dade County, Florida, police division chief Frank Vecin (middle right), who has served as a full-time police officer since 1992, has announced he will retire. Ian O'Neal will serve as interim city manager for Lone Grove, Oklahoma, after current city manager Sherry GliedMichael MarcotteMarian Elfert's contract was terminated by the city council. Foreman, Arkansas, School District Superintendent Larry Lairmore, who has served the district for the last 10 years, has resigned and Foreman High School Principal Jason Sanders will serve as superintendent until a permanent replacement is named. Sherry Glied (bottom left), professor and chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Health and Human Services Commission and Jim Esquea, a member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, has been confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Legislation. Michael Marcotte (bottom right), director of the Department of Public Works and Engineering in Houston, Texas, has resigned, effective July 12.
 
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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 jurisdictions.  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.
 
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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