|Volume 2, Issue 12||July 7, 2010|
It is hard to understand why any advertising agency and/or communications firm would overlook the public sector marketplace. Opportunities in this environment are extremely large and most public entities contract for services for several years at a time. It is a lucrative marketplace. Advertising agencies and PR firms should look closely at government opportunities
In every state, public entities hand out contracts for services worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Government has always purchased traditional services which include messaging, graphic design, publication development, printing, constituency communications, traditional media buying and communication services. Now government is buying even more...and numerous new types of services. Some would be shocked to see the price tag on many recent government contracts for social media services.
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|President announces 66 new broadband projects funded|
New Recovery Act grant, loan recipients bring total spending to $2.7 billion
Sixty-six new Recovery Act broadband projects will share $795 million in grant funds and loans that are aimed at extending broadband service to unserved and under-served areas. This recent announcement concerns only a part of the $4.7 billion pledged by President Barack Obama toward expanding broadband access throughout the country.
The funds are being made available by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture and are being matched with more than $200 million in outside investment, for a total investment of approximately $1 billion. These awards bring the total broadband investment to more than $2.7 billion for some 260 projects across the country.
The awards are either for infrastructure or public computing centers. The innovative way these funds are going to be used will contribute to improved digital literacy among students and workers, attract new businesses and create greater distance learning opportunities.
The infrastructure grants will be middle-mile awards for building and improving middle-mile connections to communities without sufficient broadband access and last-mile awards to connect end users at home, hospitals and schools to a community broadband infrastructure. The public computing centers can expand computer center capacity for public use in libraries and community colleges and other public service venues. Among the awards are a $22.7 million grant with an additional $13.5 million applicant-provided match to the Bristol Virginia Utilities Board to build an almost 400-mile fiber network that intends to bring high-speed broadband middle-mile service to rural, economically distressed areas in southwestern Virginia, and a $16.2 million grant to the Iowa Communications Network with an additional $7.6 million applicant-provided match to upgrade an existing 3,000-mile network to provide 10 Gap scapable points of presence in each county in the state, while upgrading direct high-speed connections for thousands of community institutions. To view the complete list of those awarded, how much each got and what they propose to do with the funding, 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.
|Tennessee cities, counties awarded $3.8M for weatherization |
Tennessee cities and counties are benefitting from a second round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) awarded recently by the federal government and totaling approximately $3.8 million. The communities which were awarded funding will use the money to implement energy efficiency projects geared toward not only saving energy expenditures, but also saving taxpayer money through increased energy efficiency in buildings and transportation systems. "Funding grants like the EECBG grants that encourage energy efficiency long term, will not only create new jobs, but reduce our overall energy consumption," said Commissioner Matt Kiber (pictured).
Energy-saving projects expected to save $2.5M per year in buildings, transportation
This second round of funding is expected to save 27 million kilowatt-hours of energy every year, which translates into a monetary savings of close to $2.5 million per year. The city of Spring City was awarded $100,000 for HVAC retrofits at four city buildings and to replace pumps at the sewer plant. Fentress County garnered $57,198.29 in funding for lighting retrofits in nine county buildings. Marshall County received $46,470 for lighting and HVAC retrofits in three county buildings and the City of McKenzie got $100,000 for street light and traffic signal replacement with LED lighting. To view a complete list of recipients, the amount they received and a description of the project on which the funding will be spent, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
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|New rules benefit award of sole-source contracts to veterans|
As long as contracting officer expects no bids from another SDVOSB
Rules have been finalized that will clarify that a contracting officer can award a sole-source contract to a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), even if there is more than one company that is qualified to perform the work. The new rules stipulate that a contracting officer can make the sole-source award to that SDVOSB, as long as the officer expects to receive no bids from another SDVOSB, according to the amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The rule, which goes into effect Aug. 2, only applies to SDVOSBs. The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council have determined the FAR should be revised to more closely mirror the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 and lessen the possibility of misinterpretation.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Santa Barbara voters to face $110 million bond proposal
Two bond measures for capital improvements will go before voters in the Santa Barbara, California, School District in November. Among the projects proposed are repair and renovation of infrastructure, classrooms and restrooms and updates of equipment and utility systems. Superintendent Brian Sarvis (pictured) said the bond language will not list what projects are at what schools, so voters don't erroneously think certain schools are getting more funds allocated than others. While many of the projects will affect schools district-wide, some of the larger projects include replacement of portable classrooms with permanent ones, renovating or rebuilding the Dos Pueblos High School cafeteria/kitchen and addressing library needs. Other projects include new roofing, replacement of outdated electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, upgrades to science classrooms and labs, energy efficiency improvements, provide modern fire protection, alarms and emergency communications systems, improve security and safety, modernize classrooms, provide safe playground surfaces, install solar energy systems and construct a maintenance and operations facility.
St. Helena studies $30 million bond issue for November
A $59 million bond issue for the St. Helena, Montana, School District has been whittled down to $30 million as the school board is studying putting a bond issue before voters in November. They have not, however, ruled out the possibility of another bond issue at a later date. Among the projects for the first bond vote are $13.7 million for building agricultural and culinary Career Technical Education facilities at the high school. Another $1 million to $4 million would be used to replace the portable buildings with permanent classrooms at the RLS Middle School. Other projects include removing and replacing a maintenance building at the high school, bringing some of the high school facilities up to state standards, adding classroom space on the third floor of Vintage Hall, taking care of major maintenance projects throughout the district and expanded kitchen and eating facilities, landscaping and corridor work at RLS. A recent survey revealed that the majority of respondents favored improvements to the vocational education programs and also technology upgrades and renewable energy projects that will make schools more energy efficient. Bonds approved to fund new UNC-Wilmington marine sciences building
Trustees with the University of North Carolina-Wilmington recently approved the issue of $15 million in bonds to be used for construction of a new marine sciences building. The building is 69,000 square feet and will house the Marine Biology in North Carolina program that will focus on marine biotechnology as it relates to health, food and energy. The other $15 million for the building will be paid for through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Construction is slated to start in December.
Renovations, tech upgrades would be paid for with bond revenueThe Encinitas, California, School District will borrow up to $44.2 million for renovations and technology upgrades at its nine campuses if voters approve a November bond referendum. Among the projects planned are $11 million in technology upgrades, $6.7 million to build a learning center and outdoor science lab, installing solar panels at seven campuses at a cost of $5.7 million, replacing portable buildings at one elementary for $1.9 million and renovating another elementary's multipurpose room for $1.3 million. Superintendent Tim Baird (pictured) said another $5 million will go into an endowment fund for future technology upgrades and software purchases. The bond issue comes on the heels of the district passing a budget that is $5 million less than the previous school year. Revenues are expected to drop as well. "We've really tightened our belts, and we will get through this," Baird said. "But it's not business as usual."
Bond issue will lead to new air conditioning, maintenance projets
North Callaway R-School District in Missouri will use interest-free bonds to pay the entire cost of its $2.5 million bond vote from last November. The bonds will be used for new air conditioning in all elementary and high school buildings and for other maintenance projects. The Qualified School Construction Bonds have all or nearly all of the interest paid for by the federal government. The interest-free funds can be used for renovations and repairs, new equipment and technology, new curriculum and teacher training. The bonds will be issued as soon as possible.
Wisconsin voters hoping to save $2.75 million on school projects
Through the use of $6.62 million in tax-free bonds, the Edgar, Wisconsin, School District hopes to save about $2.75 million in interest payments on its proposed school building projects. The school district is planning to add elementary school classrooms, add a new gym, physical education space and a wellness center, remodel a gym into an auditorium and food service area and renovate music areas.
Wenatchee schools could put another bond issue on ballot
Although voters rejected a $75 million bond election twice two years ago, officials of the Wenatchee, Washington, School District are considering a $72 million bond measure. The district is seeking to move students out of a dozen portable classrooms at one elementary. The bond issue would pay for construction of a new Washington Elementary School, add a new classroom wing at Lincoln Elementary, rebuild lockers and bleachers at Pioneer Middle School and provide extensive renovations at Wenatchee High School. John McQuaid (pictured), facility committee chairman, said if the bond issue passes, the district will be eligible for $41 million in state matching funds. Before putting the issue on a ballot, officials said they will school the community on the needs and also consider putting the projects in the form of two separate propositions.
Missouri school will seek $41 million bond issue in November
After recently approving a new facilities plan to the district, the Pattonville Schools in Missouri have now decided to put a $41 million bond issue before voters in November. Among the projects that would benefit from the bond election are replacement of heating and cooling equipment, installation of new windows and doors, repair of roofs and replacement of lighting and fire and intrusion alarm systems at all schools. The bonds would also pay for new tracks at the middle schools and a new stadium, field and pool at Pattonville High School.
Arkansas school district proposing $1.7 million new field house
The Barton-Lexa School District in Arkansas is proposing an increase in its tax rate to generate $1.305 million toward a proposed $1.7 million new field house. The remaining funds - $395,000 - would come through restructuring of the district's tax rate.
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A Tennessee county has received nearly $100,000 in grant funds for energy efficiency projects at its courthouse. The funds will be used for lighting, HVAC, window and insulation improvements in several offices and courtrooms at the courthouse. More than 40 fluorescent lights in several offices and a courtroom will be replaced with electronic-ballast lights, some single-pane windows will be replaced with double-pane windows, an HVAC unit will be replaced and acoustic ceiling with six inches of insulation will be installed in some areas. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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South Carolina city planning for $500M in sewer, water upgrades
Louisiana city gets grant to assist with drainage, transportation
The Louisiana Recovery Authority has named the City of Alexandria to get a $567,000 grant for drainage, transportation and land use initiatives. The funds are part of a program aimed at rewarding communities that were affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav for their innovative plans for land use, economic development, zoning ordinances and water management. Mayor Jacques Roy (pictured) said the funds will be used in conjunction with city funds on its Specially Planned Activity Redevelopment Corridors initiative. "We need to be thinking about the long term and ensure our growth is sustainable, equitable and healthy," he said. The federal award will allow the city to update its 18-year-old comprehensive development strategy and focus on infrastructure - transportation, land use and drainage projects, along with modernizing development codes. The goal is not only to improve infrastructure, but also to build future plans for reacting to events such as hurricanes. Roy said transportation planning is a major need for future development for the city.
Street improvement projects on tap from bond sale proceeds
The City of Othello, Washington, has approved the sale of $3.195 million in bonds to pay for its Main Street Improvement Project.
San Diego County to use funds for numerous energy upgrades
Improvement of residential energy efficiency is the goal of a $3 million grant headed to San Diego County in California. The funds also will be used to increase green workforce training opportunities. The retrofit program will allow areas of the state to lead in energy efficiency. Upgrades to 10,800 single-family residences and 2,000 multi-family buildings are expected. Grant recipients will work with community colleges, local economic development programs and building industry organizations to create or retain 2,000 clean-energy jobs.
Water and sewer upgrades totaling $500 million are set for the City of Columbia, South Carolina, over the next five years. City Manager Steve Gantt (pictured) called the spending campaign the city's own "stimulus package," since so many local contractors could benefit from the proposal. The proposed project includes a $41 million sewer plant upgrade to reduce frequent sewer spills. The project is part of the city's subcontractor outreach program, so 30 percent of the job must be performed by subcontractors. However, there is not a requirement that those subcontractors be locals. The city will borrow the $500 million over the next five years. The money will also rehab sewer lines and manhole covers in some parts of the city and connect the city's two water plants. A second water line will be added to Chapin as well. City officials hope to take advantage of low interest rates in taking on the project and borrowing the money.
Missouri approves $500 million construction program
Despite cutting about $75 million per year from its budget, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently approved a $500 million construction program for the Missouri Department of Transportation. The funding will be used on highway and bridge projects.
Federal grant awarded to Minnesota aiport
A $330,000 federal grant is headed to the Bemidji Regional Airport in Minnesota. The money is part of a grants package to help pay for an $8 million terminal expansion and renovation project. Other airport awards included: Park Rapids Municipal-Konshok Field - $76,000 for construction of an access road; Pine River Regional Airport - $59,850 to install a variety of navigation aids and to rehab a runway.
Delaware budget includes money for education, roads, school constructionDelaware recently passed its $3.3 billion budget. Included in the document is $1 billion for education. The $389 capital budget includes $140 million for numerous road projects, $100 million for school construction and $11 million to the community transportation fund.
Minnesota to clean up contaminated sites throughout state
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded more than $3.7 million to a number of entities to either investigate or clean up 13 contaminated sites in the state. DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy (pictured) said cleaning up the sites will prepare them for economic development. "We expect these cleanup grants to attract nearly $97 million in private redevelopment investment across the state," said McElroy. The grants are awarded twice a year. Local property tax revenues are expected to increase by about $4 million as a result of reclaiming 309 acres of formerly contaminated land.
San Diego approves construction of new library
The San Diego, California. City Council has approved construction of a new central library. The project will include $80 million from Centre City Development Corporation, $10 million from a competitive state grant for library construction, $20 million from the San Diego City School District for use of two vacant floors for a charter school and more than $30 million from private donors.
Kewaunee County planning new human services facility
A $3.3 million, single-story addition to the Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, human services facility has been approved by county officials. The goal is to unify the public health, child welfare and aging services. The county board has already approved spending $195,000 for initial plans for the addition. Designs will be completed by the end of October and construction drawings should be released by early November, with bid openings set for the end of November or early December. Construction is expected to be completed by December of next year.
Oregon city to get upgrades at sewer treatment plant
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has approved an award of $10 million to the city of Stayton for upgrades to its sewer treatment plant. The existing wastewater treatment plant will be replaced. If the bid process goes smoothly, officials say the work can probably begin in September and be finished within two years.
Nevada county to issue bonds to build new jail facilityThe Nye County, Nevada, commissioners recently approved issuing of general obligation bonds to build a new jail. The 244-bed facility also includes room for a sally-port, and would cost approximately $25.5 million.
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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 email@example.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Mary Ann Manos.
Mary Ann Manos
completed her undergraduate degree at Malone College in Ohio, did graduate work at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Texas and earned her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. Her education career began in 1973, when she taught sixth grade in Canton, Ohio. She moved from public education to higher education, where she spent a dozen years on the teacher education faculty at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. From 2000-2004, she was director of the Bradley University Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth. She earned her Illinois superintendent's certification at Illinois State University. She has served as consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, National Education Association, the American Education and Law Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and others. She has served as the assistant superintendent of Eureka Community Unit School District No. 140 since 2007. Manos was recently named superintendent of the Hartsburg-Emden School District in Hartsburg, Illinois.
|What the states are doing with stimulus funds|
In New Mexico, $1 million in Recovery Act funding will be dedicated to public safety. The Department of Public Safety plans to use the funds to purchase 11 new police cars and to pay for additional fuel for the State Police fleet.
About $3.5 million in economic stimulus money allocated to Richmond, Virginia's new federal courthouse will be spent on solar panels and related improvements.
The City of Wyandotte, Michigan, has been allotted $3.8 million in stimulus funds that t will use to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. One component of this grant is a marketing segment to educate residents about energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities.
Norristown, New Jersey, is planning the sale of $6.2 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for the Studio Centre renovation project. The project eventually will include an office headquarters and a supermarket.
A $44.5 million stimulus grant to Network New Hampshire Now will help expand high-speed Internet service throughout that state. Officials say the broadband upgrades will help create new opportunities for distance learning, health care delivery and economic development, while connecting homes and business to high speed Internet for the first time.
Former Deputy City Manager John Castile
(top left) has been named city manager of the city of Greenville, South Carolina, replacing current city manager Jim Bourey
. Former Calistoga city manager Jim McCann
, who has served in that position since 1999, has been named the new city manager for the city of Mill Valley, California. McHenry County College in Illinois has tapped Neosho County Community College Vice President Vicky Smith
(top right) as its new president. After more than 33 years serving the Wood County, Wisconsin, Sheriff's Department as dispatcher, patrol deputy, sergeant, investigator of juvenile crimes and finally as a lieutenant since 1990, Lt. David Laude
is retiring from the department. After interviewing three finalists, the North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, City Council has named former Nassau County, Florida, county administrator and former Deerfield Beach, Florida, city manager Michael Mahaney
as their new city manager, replacing retiring City Manager John Smithson
. Edna Baehre
, president of Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, has been appointed as superintendent and president of Napa Valley
College, in California. Wittenberg University in Ohio has chosen Rick Fairbanks
, provost and vice president of academic affairs, and dean of the college at Northland College, in Wisconsin, as Wittenberg's new provost. Richard Azziz
(upper middle right), former UCLA professor, is the new president of the Medical College of Georgia, where he will also oversee the newly formed MCG Health System. Buffalo Grove Village President Elliott Hartstein
is expected to recommend the appointment of current Galesburg, Illinois, city manager Dane Bragg
(upper middle left) as Buffalo Grove's new village manager. Tony Waldrop
, vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected as provost at the University of Central Florida. Marvin Martinez
, vice chancellor of economic and workforce development at the Los Angeles Community College District, has been named president of Los Angeles Harbor College. Eleven-year veteran Brent Peters
has been hired as the new chief of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, replacing former Chief Derek Yeager
, who has taken a position with the Montana
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's fire program. David Fleishman
(lower middle left), chief of the Chappaqua, New York, school district and a former Wellesley administrator, has been chosen to become superintendent of the Newton, Massachusetts, schools. The Mingo County, West Virginia, school system has chosen a hometown leader and educator and administrator in the district for three decades, Randy Keathley
, as the system's new superintendent. Previously named deputy chief, Ron White
(lower middle right) has been named chief of the Southaven, Tennessee, Fire Department. Terry Hemann
will be leaving his post as superintendent of the Mineral Point Consolidated School District in Wisconsin to become superintendent of the Hudson Community Schools. The former director of the Santa Fe, New Mexico, County Public Works Department, James Lujan
, has been hired as the new city manager for the City of Espanola. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
has announced the recent presidential appointments to the National Board of Education Sciences: Deborah Loewenberg Ball
, dean of the school of education and professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Adam Gamoran
, professor of sociology and educational policy studies and director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison; Bridget Terry Long
, professor of education and economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and Margaret R. McLeod
, executive director of student services and special education in the Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia. Rosemary Haggett
(bottom right), former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ohio's University of Toledo, is the new vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success at the University of North Texas System. Rick Armstrong
(bottom left) who began his career with the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department as a cadet in 1978, has been named the department's police chief, replacing the retiring Sam Breshears
. Mary Ann Manos
, whose higher education background includes 12 years on the teacher education faculty at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, has been chosen as the superintendent of the Hartsburg-Emden School District in Illinois. Native son Jeff Leonard
, who has been serving as interim police chief since Jan. 1, has been named police chief of the City of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Donald J. Para
, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and former dean of the College of the Arts at California State University at Long Beach, has been promoted to provost.
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Tennessee hosting approved contractor weatherization training sessions
The State of Tennessee is hosting free regional one-day DOE-approved contractor weatherization training sessions. Weatherization projects include several home repairs, such as insulating, caulking windows and sealing cracks to reduce air flow. Forty percent of the state's 10,500 target weatherization projects have been completed. The state has received $99 million for home energy efficiency program projects for low- to moderate-income citizens. The federally approved contractor training for these projects will be held in Nashville on Thursday and in Knoxville on Tuesday, July 13. Training session times and addresses will be provided to contractors when they are confirmed to attend. Registration is required and must be done before classes begin. Space is limited. Those performing the weatherization projects must be certified by the U.S. Dept. of Energy training and must be licensed by the State of Tennessee. For more information and to sign up, call toll free 1-877-830-3304.
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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