Volume 2, Issue 13
July 14, 2010
Lots of new markets opening, increasing for government contractors 
Mary Scott NabersCompanies with products and services related to vehicles and fleet management should definitely take a look at current opportunities in the public sector.
Governmental entities responsible for large fleets should be of particular interest to these types of companies because there is a current trend toward outsourcing many aspects of fleet management. Only a few firms appear to have recognized this new marketplace, but if the trend continues, it is hard to believe that others will not see the opportunity and step up to compete for the business. The resulting contracts will be quite large.

Transit improvements on the way
Funds address preparedness, response
Electric service will improve
Upcoming education opportunities
Opportunity of the week
Other contracting opportunities
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Transit improvements on way to dozens of communities
Construction projects, other contracting opportunities will follow funding
StreetcarsStreetcars are making a comeback and part of the $293 million recently announced for dozens of American communities will ensure major transit improvements relating to buses and transit facilities in addition to streetcars. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently named cities that will receive financial assistance to help better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial development investments for the individuals living in the communities chosen for funding. The allocation of funding was a result of two competitive grant programs - the Urban Circulator Grant Program and the Bus and Bus Livability Grant Program. The result will be construction projects and other contracting opportunities in the areas receiving funds.
Six new streetcar and bus rapid transit projects will garner $130 million from thePeter Rogoff Federal Transit Administration's Urban Circulator Program, while nearly 50 other projects to upgrade bus services and facilities will receive more than $163 million from the FTA's Bus and Bus Livability Program. "Streetcars are making a comeback because cities across America are recognizing that they can restore economic development downtown - giving citizens the choice to move between home, shopping and entertainment without ever looking for a parking space,"  said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff (pictured). 
The six cities that submitted successful Urban Circulator proposals include Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Cincinnati, Ohio. The six projects were selected from 65 applications totaling more than $1 billion in requests. Construction of bus facilities and new bus and bus-related purchases will move forward in the 31 states where 47 Bus and Bus Livability projects are located. These projects were selected from 281 applications totaling over $2 billion in funding requests. To view the complete list and a description of each project and the amount awarded, 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.
Funds aimed at hospital preparedness, emergency response
Communications, tracking, registration systems to be among needs of entities
Hospital PreparednessImproved hospital preparedness and emergency response are the goal of $390.5 million in funding from the Hospital Preparedness Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds are allocated to assist hospitals and health care facilities to respond to the public health and medical impacts any emergency, disaster, disease outbreak or act of terrorism might cause.
All of the 50 states, territories and the metro areas of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C., have been allocated funds. Among the larger awards are: California - $31.9 million; Texas - $28.4 million; Florida- $21.9 million; Ohio - $14.1 million; New York - $13.66 million; New York City - $10.2 million; North Carolina - $11.01 million; Los Angeles County - $12.3 million; and Illinois - $12.3 million.
Contracting opportunities will be available for projects that can include developing or improving interoperable communications systems, systems to track available hospital beds, advance registration of volunteer health professionals, processes for hospital evacuations or sheltering-in-place, processes for fatality management, strengthening of health care partnerships in the community and strengthening hospital participation in statewide and regional exercise programs.
To view the complete list of allocations by entity, 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.
Funding aimed at improving electric service nationwide
Investment of $1.55 billion will ensure better service for 54,000 customers
Electric ImprovementsAn investment of $1.55 billion will ensure that more than 54,000 electric customers in 20 states have improved electric service. That's the amount the federal government is putting into electric infrastructure improvement projects through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantees.
The USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service funding will help build more than 4,300 miles of new distribution lines, improve nearly 3,000 miles of existing lines, build 260 miles of transmission lines and upgrade nearly 60 miles of existing transmission lines. The funds can be used to expand or improve electric service, support renewable energy efforts and establish energy conservation programs and will open up a variety of contracting opportunities.
In Colorado, the Gunnison County Electric Association, Inc. will receive a $3.842 million loan to serve 854 new and existing customers, build 41 miles of new distribution lines, make improvements to 11 miles of distribution lines and make other system improvements. The Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. in Waco, Texas, will receive a $438.9 million loan guarantee to build 237 miles of new transmission lines and make improvements to 52 miles of transmission lines. This loan will benefit 68 Texas counties.
The Ozark Border Electric Cooperative has been awarded a $43.483 million loan to serve 4,386 new and existing consumers, build 260 miles of new distribution lines, acquire 16 miles of distribution lines, make improvements to 194 miles of distribution lines and make other system improvements. For a complete list of borrowers for improvements to electric infrastructure across rural America, 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.

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Upcoming education opportunities
Michigan schools planning renovations, another bond proposal
Brian DavisWhile some $73 million in voter-approved repairs, renovations and technology upgrades are in line for the Holland, Michigan, Public Schools, officials are already contemplating a May 4 election that would allow for even more renovations, including $40 million at the high school. The two-part proposal includes $60.86 million to renovate the high school and four K-7 schools. It would also include technology and energy efficiency projects throughout the district and on 16 school buses. The $12.38 million second proposal would pay to renovate the Van Raalte building, which is home to the new VR Tech credit recovery program. It would also upgrade heating and air conditioning systems for K-7 schools. Superintendent Brian Davis (pictured) will head the steering committee that oversees the construction of the $73 million already approved by voters.
Kearney getting ready for addition of two new schools, renovations
New schools and renovations are in order for the Kearney, Nebraska, Public Schools. Land has been purchased for the new Kenwood Elementary and a second new elementary, approved in a $45 million bond issue. The Kenwood school will feature a nearly 60,000-square-foot building with separate classroom wings for kindergarten, first through third grades and fourth and fifth grades. Meadowlark Elementary will get an addition and all schools will get technology upgrades. Meadowlark will get a 15,000-square-foot addition that will house six classrooms, an art room, a music room, two computer labs and a life skills classroom. A north addition of 1,000 square feet will be for a classroom.
Construction expected to begin in E. Bridgewater next summer
The Massachusetts School Building Authority and the town of East Bridgewater are partnering on a model school that officials hope will be lead to completion of a high school as early as next summer. Because model schools are built from standard designs, much of the design and layout work is already done. Voters approved $800,000 in bonds for a feasibility study and $400,000 in the capital stabilization account to pay the town's share. The MSBA will reimburse the town for 56 percent of the costs. The feasibility study should give officials a better idea of where the building would be located and how much it will cost. Town meetings are slated for later this year and in early 2011, and then voters will cast their ballots.
LaTech gearing up to build new College of Business facility
Daniel ReneauArmed with $12.4 million in funding from the state, Louisiana Tech University is gearing up for a December groundbreaking for its new College of Business. The new 42,000-square-foot building doesn't have a cost estimate yet, but will provide new classrooms, offices, computer labs, two auditoriums, meeting rooms, research centers and student support and career centers. It is part of Tech 2020, the university's long-range strategic planning initiative.
"This facility is part of a larger plan to move our university forward," said LaTech President Dan Reneau (pictured), noting the university is providing educational opportunities that are "unrivaled anywhere in north Louisiana." The new building will replace the current College of Business that was built in the 1960s and renovated in the early 1980s.
Loyola seeking to buy and renovate house for alumni center
Loyola University Maryland officials are looking into the possible purchase of a residence in the Guilford area to be used for an alumni center. The five-bedroom, four-bath home features an acre of gardens and is listed at $850,000 after having previously been listed at $1.2 million. 
University of Utah hopes to break ground soon on new building annex
The University of Utah is preparing to break ground on its new building annex for its University Neuropsychiatric Institute, a new 120,000-square-foot building that will mean 80 additional beds. The facility will also provide space for clinical research, brain imaging and genetic studies into mental illness. The Institute opened in 1986 as a 90-bed psychiatric hospital. 
University of Missouri making wish list for upcoming legislature
Gary WardThe University of Missouri System is preparing a capital request for the next legislative session, outlining critical needs at its four Missouri campuses. Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Gary Ward (pictured) tracks the needs of the 110 academic buildings and says if repairs, renovations and upgrades are not made, the problem is "just going to snowball on us." Ward said the buildings are in need of some $500 million in upgrades and renovations, and that figure could grow by $20 million per year.
Among the major needs of the campuses:
  • $49.1 million for critical repairs throughout the campuses;
  • $64.8 million for work on the College of Engineering's Lafferre Hall in Columbia;
  • $65 million for a new facility for the colleges of optometry and nursing on the St. Louis campus;
  • $70.7 million for a new complex in Rolla for biology, chemistry and chemical engineering; and
  • $43.2 million for the Miller Nichols Library renovation and interactive learning center addition at the Kansas City campus.
Wayne State medical office construction is approved
A medical office building and parking lot with a $13.5 million price tag has been approved for Wayne State University's Department of Psychiatry. The 50,000-square-foot facility and parking lot will sit on 2.7 acres. The facility is being paid for by federal Recovery Act funds. The project must also be approved by the Detroit City Council and the mayor's office. The building will be used for office, research and clinical space for the Department of Psychiatry.  
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
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Opportunity of the week...
Residents of a city in Washington State will soon have a new 8,000-square-foot library, after designs for the new facility were recently approved. Officials are currently completing the permitting process and will likely issue a call for bids the last week of July. An August bid opening is expected with a groundbreaking set for early fall. The project is budgeted at $4.3 million. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or
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Tennessee courthouse to undergo energy efficiency projects
Eugene Ray
The Bedford County, Tennessee, courthouse has been named the recipient of nearly $100,000 in grant funding to improve the energy efficiency of the building. County Mayor Eugene Ray (pictured) called the grant "a great, great thing to happen to us." 
The funding will be used for lighting, HVAC, window and insulation improvements in several offices and courtrooms. Among the improvements planned are replacement of 42 magnetic-ballast fluorescent lights with electronic-ballast lights in the clerk and master's office, third floor courtroom and the county mayor's office. Those same offices will also have single-pane windows replaced with double-pane windows. The HBAC unit serving the clerk and master's office, the general sessions courtroom and the district attorney's office will be replaced and an acoustic ceiling with six inches of insulation will be installed in the clerk and master's office and the district attorney's office.
Pennsylvania considers selling ad space on road signs
In Pennsylvania, state officials are considering charging advertisers to put commercial messages on the Variable Message Boards on interstate highways that cross the state. Officials are hoping the ads will put much-needed funds into the state transportation coffers to improve roads, bridges and transit systems. Officials are confident the selling of space on the 370 existing electronic signs along the highways could bring in as much as $150 million per year. For the program to be implemented, approval would have to come both from the Federal Highway Administration and through changes in state law.
Connecticut library planning to double size with expansion
The public library in Sherman, Connecticut will get a $3.2 million expansion soon, with $500,000 in state money being made available for the project. The expansion means an additional 7,300 square feet will be added to the existing facility, more than doubling the library's size. 
Minnesota city hires architect for fire station, public works building
Officials of Ham Lake, Minnesota, have hired an architectural firm to design renovations and additions to the city's Fire Station No. 1 and the public works building. The public works building is in line for an addition of 18,360 square feet while Fire Station No. 1 will get 2,400 square feet more. While the additions are designed, the renovations inside the building also will be designed. The two projects are estimated to cost $2.3 million and will be paid for with general obligation bonds. The fire station will be heated and cooled by a geothermal system. New roofs will be installed on both facilities and lighting and insulation will be upgraded. Air quality improvements would also be made at both buildings. The city will be seeking bids for a construction manager to oversee both projects. That decision could be made as early as the Aug. 2 council meeting. 
Recovery funds to be used for Nevada tree planting effort
Pete AndersonA Clark County, Nevada, tree planting effort, including tree care training for Spanish-speaking workers, is being made possible through $490,000 from a U.S. Forest Service grant. The Nevada Division of Forestry received the Recovery Act funding to make 2,500 trees available free for planting by nonprofit organizations, government entities and others on urban public lands. The "Nursery Greening Project" is the tree planting portion of the grant while $30,000 of the funds will be used for tree care classes.
A healthy urban forest is a contributor to energy conservation, said Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson (pictured). Anderson said the funding not only will allow for the retention of some jobs, but will also create more jobs associated with care, potting, transportation and out-planting of the trees.

San Francisco water system to get structural upgrade
The water system under the streets of San Francisco, California, is nearly 100 years old. A bond measure recently passed in the city will help pay for the upgrade, along with refurbishing of firehouses and construction of a new police headquarters. About half the $412 million Proposition B issue will be used to build a new police command center, which the remainder will be used to protect public safety buildings from a major earthquake temblor.
Washington city gets energy efficiency grant money
The City of Wenatchee, Washington, has qualified for $133,500 in federal stimulus funding to help pay for approximately $180,000 in projects to improve insulation and replace lighting, the HVAC system and some windows in City Hall. Another grant will be combined with partners the City of Chelan, Entiat and the Port of Chelan County to hire and share a consultant to inspect city and port buildings and make energy efficiency suggestions. Officials expect the City Hall project to be designed, bid and finished by fall 2011.
Regional water system in S. Dakota funded with $15.1 million
The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $15.2 million in loans and grants that will be used for storm water, drinking water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling projects.
Among the grantees: 
  • The Lewis and Clark regional water system got a $6.3 million grant for construction on a water supply system;
  • The southern Black Hills Water received a $350,000 grant for construction of a regional water supply system;
  • The Clay rural water system received a $2.2 million loan for its drinking water improvement project; and
  • The Brant Lake sanitary district was awarded a $1.7 million loan for wastewater collection and treatment.
  Bonds to play key role in New Jersey to support solar projects
Jack Ciattarelli Officials of Somerset County, New Jersey, are preparing to sell $55 million in bonds to support the costs of installing solar panel systems to supply electricity to local public buildings at a reduced cost to the county. They are hopeful that a private solar developer that might participate in the project will pay off the bonds.
County Freeholder Director Jack Ciattarelli (pictured) said the project is a "critically important step" and a "very exciting development." The bonds would pay for the equipment and construction of solar panel systems for the first group of three governments and schools participating in the project. The county will join with Raritan Valley Community College and 13 towns and school districts in the initial group. That group includes more than 30 buildings. Many of the solar arrays would be roof units. Officials hope to be able to sell the bonds by the end of September and issue an RFP at the same time for a private partner. The bidder would design, install, operate and maintain the solar panels and ancillary equipment and sell the renewable energy product to local entities at a cheaper, fixed-rate cost - possibly a 25-30 percent savings. The payments to the private company would be used to pay off the bonds.
TIGER II grant applications due to USDOT by Friday 
Some $600 million is at stake in the second round of grant applications for Tiger II funds, discretionary funds to be made available by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Friday is the deadline for government entities to pre-apply for the funding. They are awarded competitively for projects that will have a significant effect on the nation, a metro area or a region. Those interested can then begin applying on beginning July 30. Final deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 23. Those eligible to apply are state and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments and multi-dtate or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant. Eligible projects are certain highways or bridges, passenger and freight rail projects and port infrastructure investments. For more information, click here.
Military Department projects draw state funding in Connecticut
Some $1.2 million in state matching funds will be made available for several Connecticut Military Department projects. Some of the projects include replacing boilers at several locations, performing structural studies, an air quality improvement project at a Hartford armory and several construction projects. The Military Department operates 30 facilities throughout the state, from armories to a stable for the Governor's Horse Guard.
Seattle seeks RFQs for engineering, design firms for project
The City of Seattle is seeking requests for qualifications from engineering and design firms to help shape the city's future waterfront. City officials hope to have a firm chosen by September, with work to begin in October. However, actual construction won't begin until after the viaduct is demolished in 2016. The budget for the design work is approximately $50-$70 million. A waterfront steering committee is expected to be appointed soon. Planners expect the waterfront to become the heart of the city and to connect the city to Elliott Bay.
Nye County approves bond sale of $25.5 million for new jail
Joni EastleyOfficials in Nye County, Nevada, have approved the issue of $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to build a new jail. The bonds for the 224-bed facility will mature in 30 years. Architects told commissioners the jail design also allows for expansion, but Commissioner Joni Eastley (pictured) stressed that an additional 220-bed housing unit drawn in the plans wasn't included in the current bond issue. That second housing unit would be just west of the courthouse along Basin Avenue.
The county also qualifies for the Build America Bond program that is part of the federal Recovery Act. If used, the subsidy from the Build America Bonds program could reduce annual debt service payments to about $1.5 million, saving Nye County $600,000 per year.
Fire station planned for Grayslake, Illinois
A new $2-$2.5 million fire station is being planned for Grayslake, Illinois. Officials purchased property for the station in 2008 after a bond issue passed. Ground is expected to be broken in October, with the project expected to be completed by next summer.
Three airports named for funding for security projects
Security projects are on tap after $56 million in Recovery Act funding has been set aside for a trio of airports across the United States. The projects are for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Orlando International Airport and St. Louis International Airport. Included are $45.4 million for a new inline baggage screening system in the main terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Another $3.1 million will be for the design of an upgraded inline baggage screening system in Terminals One and Two at St. Louis International. Orlando International will get $7.5 million to expand its close circuit TV system with several hundred cameras to enhance surveillance capabilities. 
Zoos cashing in on federal stimulus funding
Minnesota metro zoos are finding ways to construct new facilities and renovate others. More than $50 million in construction and renovation was approved in the Como Zoo in St. Paul and the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, while another $50 million in construction and renovation has been completed. The St. Paul zoo will break ground in the spring of next year on its $11 million upgrade to the gorilla exhibit that will triple the existing space for the gorilla exhibit.  
Massachusetts city hoping to pass bond for new police facility
Russell Sienkiewicz Officials of Northampton, Massachusetts, are trying to drum up support for a $10 million debt exclusion to help build a new police facility. Under a debt exclusion, the agreement stays on the books until the project is paid off. 
Police Chief Russell Sieniewicz (pictured) said he has been getting "positive feedback" from voters but acknowledged there is still a lot of education to go. Officials say with reduced costs of labor and materials right now, it is a good time to get the project off the ground.
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
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Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Frederick Lawrence.
Frederick LawrenceFrederick Lawrence began his law career in 1980 as a clerk to Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He later became assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, and was chief of the office's civil rights unit. He joined the faculty of Boston University School of Law in 1988, teaching courses in civil procedure, criminal law, civil rights enforcement and civil rights crimes. From 1966 to 1999, he was also the school's associate dean for academic affairs. He has been a visiting research fellow with the University College London Faculty of Law and has lectured nationally and internationally. From 2003 to 2006, he served as chair of the National Legal Affairs Committee of the Anti-Defamation League. He was named dean of the George Washington University Law School in August 2005. Lawrence was recently named president of Brandeis University.  
What the states are doing with stimulus funds
The Ohio Department of Development is accepting applications through Aug. 23 for funding that is part of $10 million in federal stimulus funds to be used to advance waste-to-energy projects. The State Energy Program is awarding the funds at the state level. The projects' goals are to convert municipal, food or farm wastes into electricity, fuel or other energy products. Companies seeking funds must match at least a quarter of the project's cost, finish the project within a year and demonstrated job creation and retention. Awards are $500,000 to $1 million.
The State of Maine has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation allowing for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Downeaster Amtrak intercity passenger service. The $35 million in Recovery Act funds will complement state funds to pay for a project that includes rehab of 26.4 miles of current rail line and construction of two Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant passenger platforms. The project will improve 36 highway-rail grade crossings, upgrade wayside signs, install signals on the Brunswick Branch and other right-of-way improvements.
More than 800 new computers will be installed in low-income Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, neighborhoods, thanks to $6.4 million in grant funds from the Recovery Act. The funds are expected to create 48 new computing centers and four mobile computing centers that will serve some 14,000 more people per week.
Did you miss TGI?
Shawn Wischmeier Bruce PetryshakThe chief investment officer of the Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund - Shawn Wischmeier (top left) - is leaving the agency for a similar position in the North Carolina Retirement Systems. Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee has announced that Bruce Petryshak (top right), former chief information officer for Bowling Green University in Ohio since 2001, is MTSU's new vice president for information technology and CIO, replacing Lucinda Lee, who retired in April. The City of Marion, South Carolina, has hired former Marion Fire Department Fire Chief Alan Ammons as its new city administrator and Trey Cooper as its new fire chief. Gueydan, Louisiana, will have a new fire chief after the hiring of Evans Bourque. The Willmar, Minnesota, City Council has appointed Capt. David Wyffels (upper middle right) as chief of police, replacingDavid WyffelsDavid Clyne Jim Kulset who is retiring. Walt Tibbett will serve as the new chief of the New Fairfield, California, police department, replacing outgoing interim chief Larry Todd. In Stayton, Oregon, Rich Sebens is no longer acting police chief after the city hired him as chief full-time. Junction City, Oregon, City Administrator David Clyne (upper middle left) will hold down a similar job for the City of Independence, beginning Sept 1. Sylvia Moir, a veteran of the Menlo Park and Sacramento, California, police departments, has been named chief of the El Cerrito Police Department. Jim Miguel, former fire chief for the Modesto Fire Department is the new fire chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton, California, fire department, replacing Billy Cody, who retired. Retiring Fire Chief Terry Lilly of the Dunbar, West Virginia, Fire Department, has been replaced by new Chief Greg Files while Alfred Foxx Jr.Khalil ZaiedButch Ellis was promoted to deputy chief, Mike Huffman was named assistant chief and Jason Burger is now captain. Col. Alfred H. Foxx, Jr., (lower middle left), who has been head of Baltimore's Transportation Department for 10 years, was recently named head of the city's Public Works Department, while Khalil A. Zaied (lower middle right), head of the Department of General Services, was named the new director of the Department of Transportation.  Tim Streblow, who started his career with CalFire in 1974 as a seasonal firefighter in the Lake-Napa Ranger Unit, has been named the new unit chief for CalFire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and chief of the Napa County Fire Department. Assistant Fire Chief Don Crowson (bottom left), who has served as the interim fire chief in Arlington, Texas, since former Fire Chief Robin Paulsgrove retired in May, has been named Arlington Fire Chief. The Federal Communications Commission has tabbed Douglas Sicker (bottom right), a University of Colorado-Boulder faculty member, as the agency's chief technologies to work inDouglas SickerDon Crowson the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. John Halsey, chief of staff to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, has left the state staff to join the governor's re-election campaign as a senior adviser. The Stephenville, Texas, City Council has named lone finalist Patrick Bridges, assistant police chief in Haltom City, as the Stephenville police chief. President Barack Obama will bypass Congress and appoint Dr. Donald M. Berwick, a health policy expert, to run Medicare and Medicaid as a recess appointee. Juan Sanchez Munoz has been named vice provost for undergraduate education at Texas Tech University. Retiring Fire Chief Terry Lilly in Dunbar, West Virginia, will be replaced by longtime firefighter Greg Giles, while Butch Ellis was promoted to deputy chief, Mike Huffman was named assistant chief and Jason Burger was promoted to captain.

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TxDOT continues offering webinars for small minority businesses
The Texas Department of Transportation's Business Outreach & Program (BOP) Services branch is still conducting its webinars targeting small, minority and women business owners in the field of construction and professional services in Texas.  Only three webinars remaining for the 2010 fiscal year.  The external online seminars topics range from how to become a pre-qualified bidder on TxDOT contracts to online access of bid lettings and contract plans and much more.  Each session aims to provide valuable information to contractors, suppliers and small businesses on how TxDOT operates with external parties, how to better understand processes and procedures and improve opportunities to bid and obtain contracts with TxDOT. Invited parties include potential contractors, subcontractors, supplies, DBEs and any other small businesses. Each free webinar is limited and registration slots are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  More information on each webinar can be found at Questions should be forwarded to or call 1.866.480.2518, Option 2 for more information.
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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