Volume 2, Issue 14
July 21, 2010
New insurance program will spin off contracting opportunities  

Mary Scott NabersIn March, Congress passed what is now called the Affordable Care Act. The new health insurance law has received much media attention and almost everyone has an opinion about it...but, there are many aspects of the initiative that have gone totally unnoticed by the general public. One example is that this new statute will create an abundance of work for public servants at both the state and federal levels. And, it will, without doubt, spin off lots of contracting opportunities to private sector vendors.
The law created what is called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The plan makes health insurance available to individuals who have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

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Enrollment growth means contruction, renovation at schools
Keeping up with burgeoning student increase keeping schools building, upgrading
SchoolsIncreases in student populations have school districts nationwide scrambling to build new facilities or schedule renovations and upgrades to existing facilities. In spite of a sagging economy, schools must continue to provide facilities that are adequate to meet the needs of growing student enrollments. Many have been taking advantage of lower construction costs to get much-needed projects off the ground, while others are asking taxpayers to support bond elections for construction and renovations.
Detroit Public Schools in Michigan has broken ground on a new $5.6 million police command center, part of a $41.7 million initiative whose goal is to improve safety. The project includes a new building and the addition of video surveillance and alarm systems.  In Oregon, the Oregon Trail School District will build a new $110 million Sandy High School. And in Prince William County, Virginia, construction has begun on three new schools. Two elementary schools with price tags of $18.5 million and $21.2 million will be built. A $25.4 million middle school is also in the works. The latest cost increase approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District - $6.6 million that is mostly related to safety - has pushed the project over $578 million as district officials are looking at a new complex of schools. This additional funding makes it the district's most expensive school project.
Bond issues are also becoming popular:
  • The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, School District will take a bond issue to voters in November that would generate $60 million of the $86-$98 million needed for a new high school.
  • Caddo Parish in Louisiana is studying a bond proposal to deal with repairs and renovations including replacing outdated library equipment and worn sewage systems, repairing cracked exterior walls, increasing storage and replacing computers and other equipment.
  • Student security and safety are the thrust of a $28 million bond proposal in the Saline, Michigan, School District. Officials are hoping to upgrade technology, repair roofs and buy new school buses.
  • The Kirkwood and Wentszville school districts in Missouri are planning bond elections. Kirkwood will have two propositions - $48.3 million for renovation, construction and improvements and $33.3 million for additional classrooms. Athletic fields would be improved, a new aquatic center added and improvements made to restrooms, fencing and entrances. Wentzville's $60 million referendum would include adding a full-day kindergarten, expansions at the elementary and middle schools and building the first phase of a third high school.
  • After suffering a defeat in a bond election just months ago, the South Barber, Oklahoma, board will take the same $7.4 million issue back to voters again to construct a new PK-6 addition and improvements to the junior and senior high school.
  • Voters in Hancock County, Virginia, will build a new elementary school to replace three existing schools and modernize the remaining six schools. 
There will be plenty of activity and plenty of contracting opportunities this summer and going forward.

For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
Recovery Act provides advanced imaging technology
Twenty-eight airports awarded funds this week; 450 planned by end of year
John PistoleTwenty-eight more airports across the country will be adding advanced imaging technology (AIT) that will strengthen airport security. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week announced award of Recovery Act funding for state-of-the-art AIT to protect the traveling public and detect the threat of terrorism. "The deployment of advanced imaging technology demonstrates TSA's ongoing commitment to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security and protect the traveling public," said Transportation Security Administration (TDA) Administrator John Pistole (pictured). The new technology is aimed at allowing the government to stay ahead of threats to aviation security. This is the second round of funding for AITs at American airports.
Receiving the funding in this round are Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Bradley International Airport, Bush Intercontinental Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dulles International Airport, Fresno Air Terminal, General Mitchell International Airport, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport, Harrisburg International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport and Jacksonville International Airport. Also John F. Kennedy International Airport, McCarran International Airport, Miami International Airport, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Nashville International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Saipan International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, San Antonio International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Tampa International Airport. More airports will receive funding in the near future.
Advanced imaging technology improves security by full-body screening of passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats - including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing. The new machines will include the latest security enhancements to detect new and evolving threats. TSA plans to deploy 450 Recovery Act-funded units this year.
Florida entities get funds for tech grants, digital access
Nineteen regional workforce boards allocated more than $4 million 
Chris Hart
Nineteen regional workforce boards are receiving individual grants of up to $250,000 from Workforce Florida, Inc. The funds, totaling more than $4 million, are part of the state's share of Recovery Act funding that will be used to create or add to the boards' existing digital literacy programs and provide additional training geared toward local employer needs.
"This investment is a vital tool to help us meet our goals of strengthening Florida's workforce, businesses and, ultimately, the economy through more highly skilled and productive workers," said Chris Hart IV (pictured), president and CEO of Workforce Florida. Hart said the stronger digital access and technology training are necessary to create a workforce that can take its place in the 21st century.
The various workforce entities will use the funds to expand the availability of computer training vouchers and refurbished computers, software upgrades and online access for low-income families and enhancing existing programs that serve high school students, adults, military veterans and seniors. To view the complete list of awards and the amounts, click here and look under "Recent Reports."

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TIGER II pre-application funding deadline extended
Interested applicants now have until July 26 to file with USDOT
The pre-application deadline for $600 million in Tiger II funds, discretionary funds available through the U.S. Department of Transportation, has been extended to Monday, July 26 at 5 p.m. EDT. The funds will be awarded competitively. Interested parties can then begin applying July 30 at The final deadline for submitting applications has not been extended, and remains at 5 p.m. EDT on Aug. 23. State and local governments, U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments and multi-date or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant can apply for projects that include certain highways or bridges, passenger and freight rail projects and port infrastructure investments. For more information, click here
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University of Michigan approves arena design changes
Timothy SlottowRegents at the University of Michigan have approved some design changes to their previously approved, $20 million, first phase of renovations to the university's Crisler Arena, a multi-purpose venue that seats some 13,000 people. The first phase, expected to start next year, will include mostly infrastructure improvements. Details of the second phase, a $30-$40 million project with a focus on the fan experience, have not been finalized, according to Timothy Slottow (pictured), executive vice president and chief financial officer. A $23.2 million, 57,000-square-foot addition has also been approved. This player development center will include practice and locker room facilities. Seats in the lower bowl will see wider aisles, improved seating and will be made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The roof will be replaced and the building will get an electrical and technology upgrade, a new fire suppression system and other safety systems. This renovation concludes a complete facilities overhaul the university has undergone in recent years.
Alabama school system awarded $200,000 for energy projects
The Jackson County, Alabama, school system has been awarded $200,000 for energy savings projects that will cut utility costs. Three schools - Rosalie Elementary, Section High School and Skyline High School - will benefit from lighting upgrades. Light fixtures will be replaced with newer models that produce the same amount of light but use lower watt bulbs. Sensors will also be installed so that lights are automatically turned off when classrooms and other areas are not occupied. Officials expect an annual savings of $34,000.
Ohio school system to build $1.18 million transportation facility
Chris MohrA new transportation facility is in the works for the Springfield, Ohio, City Schools. The district will use funds left over from its recent construction of a new school building to save money, said Chris Mohr (pictured), treasurer. The new $1.18 million facility will allow the district to move from the South High School building and hopefully get a tenant in that spot, he said. Mohr projected a savings of $150,000 to $200,000 per year as a result of the move. The law requires that money left over from the original bond issue must be moved into a bond retirement fund and bonds issued for the amount of construction. Thus the bond retirement fund can be used to pay the bonds and there will be no tapping of the general fund.
High school renovation bids rejected; project to be rebid
A high school renovation project in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, is going to be rebid. Officials rejected all bids for the project for a general contractor. The low bid was $35.2 million and the high bid was $35.67 million. Two alternatives in the project - adding two lanes to the swimming pool and adding an administration complex - will be further studied to determine if they are to be included in the rebid. Officials are hoping for lower bids in the next go-round and also will consider which items to include.
West Virginia universities to get construction, renovation projects
Kelley GoesThe West Virginia Economic Development Authority has authorized a bond issue that will pay for more than three dozen capital improvement projects around the state, many at state universities. "This helps our colleges and universities stay competitive by providing modern, state-of-the-art facilities," said Commerce Secretary Kelley Goes (pictured). West Virginia University will get $23 million to renovate White Hall and West Virginia State University in Institute will be awarded $15 million in bond proceeds to renovate and expand Fleming Hall. Marshall will receive $17 million for several campus renovations. Other higher education projects funded include $13.5 million for renovations at Fairmont State University, $6 million for renovations at Concord University's fine arts building and library and $3 million for renovations to West Virginia University Institute of Technology's Old Main Building in Montgomery.
California University's next project will be indoor sports complex
The next construction project at California University will likely need $30 million in private funds to get off the ground. The university is looking at a site near its football stadium to build a large indoor sport complex. Officials are hopeful the project will begin within the next five years. The facility would seat 500 and feature an indoor track, artificial turf for soccer events and indoor football practice. It will also feature 10 locker rooms for men's and women's athletic teams.
Washington school district may have enough funds to build two new schools
Tim YeomansOfficials in the Meridian School District in Washington may be changing their construction and renovation plans. The district originally passed a $17 million bond issue to build a new high school and renovate and expand a primary school. However, state funding estimates may be high enough to allow them to build a new high school and a new elementary school instead of renovating the primary school. The amount the state pays is based on the type of project, enrollment and how much money the district can raise through property taxes. The district is expected to pay the entire $17 million for the high school and then be reimbursed by the state for approximately $12.6 million. The reimbursement money can only be used for capital projects, so the district could build a new elementary with the funds. A 62,000-square-foot elementary school would cost about $13.3 million and the state would pay approximately $9.5 million of that. That would leave some $8 million in the capital projects fund for other construction projects. Superintendent Tim Yeomans (pictured) said this would "give the voters more than they expected, give the community more than they asked for." To be eligible for state funding, the existing elementary would have to either be demolished or used for a function other than instruction.
Eastern New Mexico University to use grant for wireless
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $100,000 grant to Eastern New Mexico University. The grant funds will be used to provide wireless connections to on-campus housing and other buildings.
Vermont college seeks RFQs for 150-bed dormitory, open-air pavilion
A new 150-bed dorm and an open-air pavilion are on the wish list for Castleton State College in Vermont. The college has released a request for proposals from architects and engineers for the $13 million project that will also include a new physical plant building. The college currently has a waiting list for dorm space among its upperclassmen. Officials plan to use solar panels on the roof to power lights and fans and docking stations for electric vehicles. Plans are to hire architects and engineers by early August, work through the fall and winter on design and permitting. If all goes as planned, construction would start next year.
Michigan school studying $11.5 million bond issue for upgrades, renovations
Henry SchaferBuilding repairs and addition of two new classrooms at the Airport, Michigan, Community Schools are part of an expected November $11.5 million bond election. Other projects that would benefit from a successful bond issue, according to Superintendent Henry Schafer (pictured) are a new boiler at Wagar Middle School and plumbing replacements in bathrooms in all school buildings. Lighting would be upgraded, classroom vents would be replaced and draining improvements would be instituted at Sterling Elementary and Wagar schools. "This is strictly for critical items, needs we have to repair," said Schafer. Two modern classrooms would replace two portable classrooms at the high school that officials say are rotting. 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
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A city in New Mexico has been awarded more than $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money, awarded through the Community Development Block Grant Program and the HOME program, can be used for construction of public facilities, providing housing for low- to moderate-income individuals, expanding economic opportunities and community planning. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or
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New $60.1 million cancer center planned in North Carolina
North Carolina state regulators have approved Rex Healthcare's plans to build a $60.1 million cancer center at its main campus in Raleigh. The five-story addition features 71,542 square feet of new space and renovation of 21,624 square feet of existing space. Officials hope to break ground in the fall of next year and to open the center in early 2014. The N.C. Cancer Hospital at Rex will coordinate patient care with the N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, which the UNC Health Care System opened last fall. UNC bought Rex 10 years ago. 
Mississippi county jail to include geothermal heating, cooling system
David Hogan
Forrest County, Mississippi, supervisors have tacked on an additional $3 million to the construction of the new county jail when they decided to add a geothermal heating and cooling system. Half of that cost will be paid for by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Board President David Hogan (pictured) said the county "is going to be out $1.5 million to $2 million" with the federal government paying half. Hogan added that the county expects to get the $1.5 million back in the next 8-10 years through energy cost savings.
MBTA planning to spend $115 million for 20 new locomotives
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) will spend $115 million for 20 new locomotives for its commuter rail lines that carry 70,000 people. The new locomotives will allow the transit authority to retire some of its aging fleet. A loan taken out by the agency will pay for the locomotives. However, MBTA officials are expecting the government to reimburse 80 percent of the costs. The new locomotives will also have "green" in mind and will burn less fuel and give off fewer pollutants.
Minnesota county board approves courthouse remodeling
The Douglass County, Minnesota, Courthouse is about to get a facelift. The county board recently approved phase one of the remodeling project at a cost of $2 million. This first phase will include a two-story addition to the courts wing that will be used as a secure area for transferring inmates to and from court. It will also feature a sally port, court holding rooms and a conference and jury assembly room. One of the goals of the new addition is security, and with the new secure area for inmate transfer, inmates will no longer be brought in through public areas. Commissioners voted to proceed with phase one using the general fund and adopt a resolution later to reimburse those costs through bonding.
Portland voters to face $72 million fire safety bond
Randy LeonardCity of Portland, Oregon, voters will go to the polls on Nov. 2 to decide a $72 million fire safety bond measure. The bonds would be used to pay for new fire trucks, a digital radio system and a new fire station. Commissioner Randy Leonard (pictured), a former firefighter and current fire commissioner, said he is confident voters will support the proposal. The bond money would also pay for at least four speedy emergency medical vehicles to respond to non-fire calls. Officials also agreed that a committee would be appointed to oversee spending and any savings from fire contracts would be returned to taxpayers. They also agreed that any new buildings must meet energy-efficient environmental standards. The new fire station in question would be near the Willamette River on the east side of the city and would cost $8 million for the structure and $20 million for new firefighting apparatus. The digital emergency interoperability radio system is expected to cost $39 million.
Placer County gets approval for new 1,500-square-foot courthouse
Placer County, California, will build a new courthouse to replace the aging courthouse, which shares space with the County Sheriff's Office jail and the district attorney's office. Both too small and overcrowded, the current building is also lacking in security, access, energy efficiency and accessibility outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new building will be 15,000 square feet and is expected to be built in 2015. The current courthouse is only 2,000 square feet. The new structure will include a self-help center, meeting areas and space for family law mediation. Security improvements will include a single point of entry for screening and holding areas and hallways that are separate from the public and staff. The funds come from $5 billion in funds set aside by the state legislature for critically needed new and renovated court facilities. 
West Virginia capitol complex upgrades, renovations approved
The West Virginia Economic Development Authority recently authorize a bond issue for 37 capital improvement projects in the state. Included in the $160 million in projects are park renovations, including $20.8 million in upgrades at the Canaan Valley Resort, including 100 new guest rooms. A new heating and cooling system for the Capitol Complex will use $10.2 million of the allocation and another $9 million will address problems at 30 public restrooms in the Capitol building. 
New Stanislaus County building will replace seven court facilities
A state-of-the-art courthouse will be built in Stanislaus County, California, after the State Public Works Board authorized $278.3 million toward the project. The project includes replacement of seven facilities, including the current downtown Modesto facility and two small single-room courthouse branch courts in Ceres and Turlock. The new facility is expected to be eight stories and include 301,400 square feet. It will house 26 courtrooms and include space for new judgeships, a self-help center, a public lobby and service counters, jury assembly and jury deliberation rooms, rooms for family court mediation and attorney-client interviews and a children's waiting room. A surface parking area will also be available for staff, visitors and jurors.
Lansing planning $182 million electric, steam generation plant
J. Peter LarkThe Lansing, Michigan, Board of Water & Light has a $182 million natural gas-powered electric and steam generation plant on its drawing board. Once built, the plant is expected to burn 139,000 fewer tons of coal per year once the coal-fired Moores Park Steam Plant is closed. General Manager J. Peter Lark (pictured) said the new plant "will allow us to reduce our carbon for electric output by 20 percent," which he said is higher than the 17 percent reduction by 2020 being talked about in Washington, D.C. Once approved by the state and if bond financing is obtained, construction could start as early as April of next year. The utility also plans to construct an eight-story, 46,500-square-foot combined steam and power plant adjacent to the former Grand Trunk Western Railroad Depot. The depot will be restored and serve as an office and meeting space for the facility.
Indiana airport authority grant will help with road project
The Fort Wayne (Indiana)-Allen County Airport Authority has been granted more than $4.47 million for its Northwest Perimeter Road project. The grant will provide federal funding for 95 percent of total construction costs, with the remainder coming from a state grant and airport authority contributions. The project includes reconstruction of part of the existing Northwest Perimeter Road along one side of one runway. It will also provide for improvements to grading and drainage infrastructure to redirect water from draining properties on the northwest corner of the airfield. 
Sacramento airport expansion project to benefit from another bond sale
Sacramento International Airport is preparing to sell some $132 million in bonds to support its $1 billion airport expansion. The bond sale, set for mid-August, is the first step toward financing the project. The project includes a four-story central terminal, a 19-gate jet concourse building with a people-mover between them. Terminal B complex is being replace by the new terminal and will be torn down. Officials are hoping for an October opening next year. The county has already had two bond sales for the project, totaling $1 billion. Although a hotel on top of the terminal building and a parking garage have been put on hold, officials expect they will both eventually be built. 
Connecticut city to get $2.5 million new community health center
Connecticut's State Bond Commission recently approved $2.5 million in funding for a new Community Health Center of Middletown, Connecticut. The new 44,000-square-foot, three-story building will house a primary care facility and allow for the expansion of integrated health care services for undeserved and uninsured individuals in the area. Three old, smaller buildings will be replaced by the new facility. It will have limited parking and features handicap-accessible entrances.
Mississippi emergency communications to benefit from $100M grant
J. W. LedbetterA statewide system of interoperable emergency communications will be paid for with a $100 million grant to the State of Mississippi. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is the largest single grant made by the federal agency and seeks to allow local jurisdictions to be able to communicate with each other during natural disasters, terrorist events and man-made disasters. "This statewide communications system is instrumental when confronted with the challenges of talking city-to-city, county-to-county or state-to-state during any disaster," said J.W. Ledbetter (pictured), director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.  
$10 million allocated for expansion at Santa Teresa Port of Entry
The number of entry lanes into the United States at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will be expanded, thanks to $10 million in federal funds awarded to the port. Lanes for passenger vehicles would increase from two to five and commercial lanes would increase from two to three. Increased passenger and commercial vehicle traffic is accounting for the need for the expansion. Commercial inspection lanes are expected to be expanded and a pedestrian sidewalk constructed.
Tulare County planning $91.2 million new superior courthouse
Plans for a new Tulare County Superior Courthouse in Porterville, California, have been approved by the California Public Works Board. The new three-story, $91.2 million facility is expected to be completed by early 2013 and will replace the current three-courtroom courthouse. Construction bids will be sought in the spring of next year, with a summer construction start.
NY cities garner grants for their police departments
Two police departments in cities in New York have been named to receive federal justice assistance grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department will receive $25,000 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and the City of Newburgh Police Department will get $100,000. The City of Newburgh will likely use its funding to combat gang-related crime, which has escalated in recent years. The City of Poughkeepsie plans to use its grant funds to purchase security equipment to support expanding its street camera system.
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 state or federal 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 Jacob "Jack" Lew..
Jacob LewJacob "Jack" Lew began his legislative career in Washington, D.C., in 1973 as a legislative aide. He was a domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Tip O'Neill from 1979 to 1987 and was assistant director and then executive director of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. He is a former executive director of the Center for Middle East Research, was deputy director for the Office of Program Analysis in City of Boston's Office of Management and Budget. Lew served as special assistant to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994 and left the White House to serve as the Office of Management and Budget executive associate director and associate director for Legislative Affairs. He was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1995 to 1998. President Clinton nominated Lew as director of the Office of Management and Budget and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 1998, serving until the end of the Clinton administration in January 2001. He then became a visiting research professor at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. He later served as Executive Vice President for Operations at New York University and was a clinical professor of public administration at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. In June 2006, he entered the private sector as chief operating officer of an international financial company. Earlier this month, Lew was nominated by President Barack Obama as director of the Office of Management and Budget, subject to Senate confirmation. 
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What the states are doing with stimulus funds
Four research projects in Connecticut are being funded by $11.1 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The projects, three of which are being conducted by one company and the fourth by another, are aimed at improving how the country produces and consumes energy. Among the projects funded are: development of a water-based HVAC system that uses a supersonic compressor, a liquid desiccant that takes moisture out of the air and a vapor compression cycle to develop an air conditioning system for use in hot, humid areas; development of a flow battery that sends chemicals through the battery cell when power is needed and that is 10 times more powerful that other types; and development of an advanced energy storage device with a fuel cell that does not require use of expensive precious metals.
The Cleveland, Ohio, Public Theater project is the first to receive funding from the state's Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund grants. The stimulus funds of $200,000 will be used for remediation and rehabilitation efforts to remove asbestos.
Some 100 schools in Massachusetts will be able to compete for $58.7 million in stimulus funds geared toward helping schools turn around their lowest performing campuses. Nearly three-dozen of those schools already are designated as "underperforming" by the state. Approximately 40 schools will each receive $500,000 each of the next three years. Their proposals must include adopting at least one of the school-overhaul plans developed by the Obama administration.
The Town of Grand Lake, Minnesota, will use $805,000 in Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds for additions to its town hall and fire hall. Among the projects to be paid for by the bonds are bringing the facilities into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and providing space for the Township Clerk, who has previously rented an office space. At the fire hall, safety needs will be addressed and cleaning and storage space for equipment will be expanded.
Randy GloverChristie TrueNorth Carolina Patrol Commander Randy Glover (top left) has submitted his resignation to Gov. Bev Perdue. Christie True (top right), who currently serves as director of the King County, Washington, Department of Natural Resources and Parks Wastewater Treatment Division and a 25-year veteran at the county, has been appointed to lead the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Ronald George, California's chief justice since 1996 and author of the ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage in the state, has announced that he will retire in January. Longtime Laredo, Texas, physician Dr. Gladys Keene (upper middle right) has been appointed regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's regionalGladys KeeneSteve Kempf campus in Laredo. Acting Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) commissioner Steve Kempf (upper middle left) is highlighting his 36-year career in the General Service Administration/FAS budget program management by being named the new commissioner of FAS. Jon Jordan, who has worked in the General Services Administration and FAS' budget programs for more than 36 years, is the new deputy FAS commissioner. James Lloyd Golden III of Maylene, Alabama, who has worked as an instructor at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa and worked for the fire and rescue service for the City of Alabaster, has been named fire chief of Pell City, Alabama. Rick Wells, a lieutenant with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, has been named police chief for the City of Palmetto, Florida, replacing the retiring chief Garry Lowe, who has been with the department for 29 years. Thirty-year veteran of the Mingo County, West Virginia, school system Alan LeeJohn NachbarRandy Keathley has been named superintendent of the Mingo County schools, replacing David L. Roach, who has been transferred to Lincoln County as superintendent. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Fuller has been named interim fire chief in Georgetown, Kentucky, where after six months as interim he will be named official fire chief. Mark Henderson, a veteran of the New Brighton, Minnesota, Police Department since 1986, has been named chief of the department, replacing Tom Voelkl, who served as chief for more than 30 years. Alan Lee (lower middle left) has been hired as superintendent of the Baldwin County, Alabama, Public Schools. Culver City, California, has named Overland Park, Kansas, city manager John Nachbar (lower middle right) as its new city manger, effective in late August or early September. Four finalists have been named for the position of city manager of Sunnyside, Washington - Tillamook, Oregon, City Manager MarkJonathan DaubeKim McGinnis Gervasi, Former Lakeport, California, City Manager Garold (Jerry) Gillham, Sunnyside Director of Finance and Administrative Services Byron Olson and Renton, Washington, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Martha (Marty) Wine. The City of Austin, Minnesota, has named Michael "Mickey" Healey as its new fire chief. Former Deputy Chief Corky McQuiston, who has been with the Brainerd, Minnesota, Police Department for 14 years, has been named police chief. Jonathan M. Daube (bottom right), former president of Manchester Community College in Connecticut, has been named interim president of Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Massachusetts. Williamsburg Technical College in Kingstree, South Carolina, has named former James Sprunt Community College Vice President of Continuing Education Dr. Kim McGinnis (bottom left) as its eighth president. Indio, California, has named Dan Martinez, former managing director of Riverside County's Economic Development Agency, as its new city manager, replacing Glenn Southard, who retired. Assistant City Manager Kristy Stallings has been named interim city manager for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, but has indicated she is not interested in replacing former City Manager John Nachbar full-time.

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Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists planning 6th Annual Conference
The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists' 6th Annual Conference, featuring the general conference and networking activities, will be held Sept. 8-10 in Orlando at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive. To register, click here.
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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