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Volume 2, Issue 16
August 4, 2010
 
Mary Scott Nabers
 
Mary Scott Nabers' column

will resume next week. 
 
 
Mary sincerely appreciates
 the many caring expressions of sympathy
and love following the death of her husband,
Lynn Nabers.
IN THIS ISSUE
Broadband projects funded
Facilities to be upgraded
Technology grants announced
Upcoming education opportunities
Opportunity of the week
Other upcoming opportunities
Where are they now?
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Breaking News:
 
$1.2 billion in funding announced for broadband projects 
 
Total of 126 projects in mostly rural areas in 38 states, Native American territories
 
Broadband ServiceAn investment of $1.2 billion in federal Recovery Act funding for broadband infrastructure projects nationwide was announced today, Wednesday, by officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A total of 126 projects were funded in 38 states and Native American tribal areas. The projects will also leverage an additional $117 million in private investment dollars, thus bringing the total investment to $1.31 billion. (To view the complete list of awards, click here and look under "Recent Reports.")

 
Among the largest awards is the $123.8 million headed to the West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative, which serves customers in both Kentucky and Tennessee. The funds will be used to construct fiber optic communication lines to homes throughout the company's operating territory - including 21,072 households in 11 counties - using the market's most up-to-date technology. The project could impact as many as 41,000 people, 3,500 businesses and 100 other community institutions. Broadband Internet speeds of up to 20mps will be offered.
 
Tom VilsackThere are also a number of smaller awards, such as approximately $275,000 that is going to the Utopian Wireless Corporation to bring WiMAX infrastructure to rural communities in and around Cairo, Illinois. Many of the upgrades will be to underserved households and businesses and will provide discounted services to community anchor institutions. The project will affect approximately 4,000 people, 87 businesses and 40 other community institutions.

"The broadband projects announced today will give rural Americans access to the tools they need to attract new businesses, jobs, health care and educational opportunities," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (pictured). He said the projects will allow key anchor institutions such as libraries, schools, public safety and community centers to provide services to thousands of Americans. "These projects will create jobs building these networks, and the completed systems will provide a platform for rural economic growth for years to come," he said. To date, the USDA has awarded $2.65 billion in Recovery Act funds to construct 231 broadband projects in 45 states and one territory. The remaining funds authorized by the Recovery Act will allow an additional $1 billion in loans and grants to be awarded by Sept. 30. A total of $2.5 billion was set aside for broadband expansion investments.
 
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
More than 100 facilities to be upgraded in four states
 
$19.5 million in funds will provide dozens of contracts for housing conversion
 
Renovation PlansMore than 100 apartments in four states will be upgraded to produce more assisted living senior housing. Facilities in Arizona, Maryland, New York and Ohio will put dozens of contractors to work upgrading existing facilities to equip the physical needs of senior citizens. The projects will be paid for through $19.5 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assisted Living Conversion Program.
 
Shaun DonovanThe apartment upgrades will be for the physical conversion of multifamily assisted housing projects or portions of projects to assisted living facilities. "These grants will provide an affordable option to nursing homes, helping seniors to live independently," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (pictured). The assisted living facilities are designed for low-income, frail, elderly individuals and those with disabilities who can live independently, but need assistance with certain daily activities. The new facilities will also provide support services such as personal care, transportation, meals and housekeeping.
 
The grants were awarded competitively. Following is a list of the grant recipients and their projects that will be funded: 
  • Kivel Manor, Phoenix, Arizona - $3,929,367 to convert 15 units. A garden area will be added for residents as well. The facility will feature meals and housekeeping services.
  • N.M. Carroll Manor Apartments, Baltimore, Maryland - $5,020,436 to convert 16 existing housing units into fully accessible units for the frail elderly. A medical care room and community room will be added. Doors will be widened and there will be bathroom and kitchen improvements;
  • Bernardine Apartments, Inc., Syracuse, New York - $2,544,147 to continue its conversion project that is already under way. There will be upgrades to bathrooms and kitchens and doors will be made handicap accessible. A resident lounge will be added as will life safety improvements;
  • NCR of Ohio, Chillicothe, Ohio - $3,988,867 to convert 25 units to assisted living units. Two floors already have been converted and this funding will allow for conversions on two more floors;  and
  • NCR of Ohio, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - $3,972,699 to convert 39 units to assisted living units. Will also create the necessary service space for support services. 
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
Recovery Act technology grants announced for Illinois
 
More than 3,000 computer upgrades planned from $9 million in funding award
 
Technology UpgradesGovernment entities in Illinois are in line for technology upgrades after $9 million in federal Recovery Act funding was announced as going to the state, to be administered by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The money will be used to upgrade public computer centers in locations throughout Chicago and provide technology and job training assistance to residents, focusing on at-risk youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and the jobless. Chicago plans to add or upgrade more than 3,000 computer workstations at more than 150 locations such as libraries, workforce centers, public housing facilities and all seven of its city colleges.
 
Lawrence StricklingNoting that today's workplace requires a workforce that has technology skills, NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling (pictured) said, "This investment will expand computer and broadband access for Chicagoans most in need, helping to make them full participants in today's digital economy and creating new opportunities for success - both on and offline," he said. This investment is expected to allow the public computer centers in the city to accommodate an additional 200,000 users each week and to train up to 20,000 residents over the two-year life of the project.
 
This funding is part of the second round of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funded by the Recovery Act. A total of $7.2 billion was awarded to the NTIA and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service to fund projects to expand access to and expansion of broadband services. The BTOP grants awards will continue on a rolling basis and all awards are expected to be made by Sept. 30. Already, 113 such grants have been announced for projects nationwide.
 
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
 
Texas community college plans bond election for up to $109M next year
Bennie MatthewsCollege of the Mainland trustees have approved a May 2011 bond referendum with initial estimates of bond funding of up to $109.4 million. The Texas City, Texas, college has not yet decided exactly what all will be included on the ballot or the exact dollar amount, but the funding will be used for new classrooms and expanded facilities. Board Chair Bennie Matthews (pictured) said the board had "not had a real discussion" regarding the costs and said she would like to see the board take more control of the bond process. But a date has not yet been set to discuss cost details or what will be included in the referendum.
 
New Mexico State gets $1.5 million for improvements
New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for improvements to the business and research park. The more than 2,090-acre Arrowhead Business and Research Park is located on the Las Cruces campus. The research center's goal is to link scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that contribute to the state's economic development.  
 
Tennessee school system to add classrooms to elementary
The Sullivan (Tennessee) County school system will use $2.3 million in bonding authority through the federal Recovery Act to add six classrooms to Emmett Elementary, a 200-student school. The bonding authority was approved by the Tennessee School Bond Authority from the state's Qualified School Construction Bonds program. The Sullivan County project is one of approximately 100 school construction projects approved by the bond authority. In total, the projects received $125.8 million in low-interest bonding authority. 
 
Alabama school district plans to build three new schools
Roy NicholsThe Mobile (Alabama) County school board has approved taking another $25 million in federal stimulus funds to build three new schools. The schools would include the Augusta Evans Special School, the Whitley Elementary School in Prichard and a new elementary in west Mobile. The funds would be paid back at a rate of 85 cents on the dollar, according to Superintendent Roy Nichols (pictured).  
 
New York school district to take bids on new school construction
The Middletown Enlarged City School District has been approved to proceed with the bidding process for building a new elementary school in Middletown, New York. Although the city and school district are at odds over whether new sewer lines are needed before a school is built, the State Education Department has given the district the go-ahead to seek bids on the new facility. Officials would like to start construction on the new school in the fall.
 
Facilities grants totaling $270 million approved in New Jersey
Bret SchundlerA total of 740 capital maintenance and construction projects in Trenton, New Jersey, were approved for funding for 177 school districts. "This funding for school improvements will help school districts keep their facilities properly maintained and ease the burden on local property taxpayers of doing so," added Commissioner of Education Bret Schundler (pictured). A total of $270 million in state funds has been committed for the projects. The $270 million is only part of the total cost of the projects and recipients must demonstrate the ability to pay the remaining costs to be eligible. The projects include capital maintenance, renovation, expansion and new facilities. They are prioritized on critical issues such as need, health, safety, special education and overcrowding. To view the report on the allocations, including districts, projects and available funds, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
 
Tennessee school system to add classrooms to elementary
The Sullivan (Tennessee) County school system will use $2.3 million in bonding authority through the federal Recovery Act to add six classrooms to Emmett Elementary, a 200-student school. The bonding authority was approved by the Tennessee School Bond Authority from the state's Qualified School Construction Bonds program. The Sullivan County project is one of approximately 100 school construction projects approved by the bond authority. In total, the projects received $125.8 million in low-interest bonding authority. 
 
University of Iowa studying building new power plant
The University of Iowa has an eye on building a new $70 million power plant that would provide electricity and steam for some of its buildings. The new plant would be a backup steam and electrical generator for such facilities as the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics and university research buildings. The hospitals and research buildings currently get their electricity from another power plant. When flooding in 2008 knocked out electrical service, non-essential surgeries and procedures had to be canceled. That led officials to decide it was time to invest in a plant to produce a significant source of steam on the west side of campus. The project is still in the planning stages, but officials would like to have it completed by the fourth quarter of 2013. Regents have approved planning for the facility, but the proposed budget has not yet been submitted.  
 
Community College of Vermont planning expansion of headquarters 
Tim DonovanA $4 million expansion at the Community College of Vermont is being planned. Officials there plan to consolidate the college's administrative offices and its Montpelier learning center north of Montpelier. The project is one of five capital projects of public state colleges in Vermont totaling $29.9 million for FY 2010. The project includes an expansion of the former Woodbury College campus to include 12,000 square feet of classroom space. The design phase is about a year away, according to Chancellor Tim Donovan (pictured). The addition, said Donovan, will allow the college to move its learning center there as well.
 
Ohio schools planning $114 million bond issue in November
The Groveport Madison (Ohio) schools will put a $114 million bond issue before voters in November, hoping for passage that will allow for the building of new schools. The state would pay the remainder of the $165 million project if the bond issue passes. Construction could start as early as 2012. The master plan for the district includes five new elementary schools. Three schools would be replaced, one would be built on land yet to be purchased and another would be on existing school property. Buildings on some sites would be cleared of hazardous materials such as lead paint and asbestos. Another elementary would be used for community functions. Two new buildings would replace Middle School North and Middle School South. The Groveport Elementary would be made available for community use. A new building would replace the Groveport Madison High School. All schools would be air conditioned and there would be no more portable classrooms. Other items that would be part of the bond issue, but are not eligible for state funding, are science labs in the elementary school, a high school auditorium and track and field bleachers at the middle school.  
 
For information about thse and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
 
Opportunity of the week...
A Missouri community college has approved using $10 million in bonds to finance renovations and construction projects. On one campus, $2 million  will fund 10 new classrooms and three faculty offices. Another campus will get 19 classrooms, parking lots and technical education facilities. A third campus will use $5 million to develop an education center. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.
 
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Kansas Airport Authority to issue bonds for building rehab
Tim RogersThe Salina (Kansas) Airport Authority will issue $4.3 million in general obligation bonds to rehabilitate existing buildings in an effort to attract new tenants to the airport property. Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers (pictured) said the funds will be used for "new work," saying it is "all about capital improvement, modifying and rehabbing structures and providing facilities to maintain our position as the premier aviation service center facilities in North America." Some of the money will be used to rehabilitate a 69,000-square-foot building to attract aviation jobs. A new fire station also will be designed using some of the funds. A large hangar for jumbo jet work is also part of the projects.
 
New Jersey city downsizes plans for convention hall
The City of Cape May, New Jersey, is downsizing its plans for a convention hall. The initial plans were for a 30,2140-square-foot facility bearing a price tag of $3.15 million. The city instead is now looking to build a $13.65 million facility to replace the Cape May Convention Hall. Plans are to have construction begin by May 1, 2011, and the project to be completed by May 28, 2012. Bids are expected to be awarded by April 1 of next year. The new building may have fewer seats in it, but officials want it to be versatile enough to handle different types of events and bring in revenue. Other than construction costs, the project also will include purchase of professional services, furniture and fixtures.
 
City hall makeover includes theater in Malibu
Jefferson WagnerThe makeover of the new city hall in Malibu, California, will include a $3.9 million construction makeover project that includes the city hall theater. The total makeover costs is expected to be more than $5.4 million, most of which will come from certificates of participation. Another nearly $650,000 will have to come from the city's general fund. Mayor Jefferson Wagner (pictured) said modifying the theater "is in the best interests of the people." Others noted that reconfiguring the nearly 300 seats will make the theater better for both music and the spoken word.
 
Grants will go toward five toll projects in Central Texas
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has received a $27 million grant from the Texas Transportation Commission to be used toward five highway construction projects. All of the roads will be toll roads and the grant money will be used to pay for environmental and engineering studies and other administrative costs, not for construction. Included are:
  • $5.4 million for MoPac Expressway managed lanes;
  • $2.2 million for the Highway 290 East-Manor Expressway;
  • $4.4 million for Highway 183 South; and
  • $7.4 million for State Highway 45 Southwest; and $7.6 million for the "Y" at Oak Hill.
One project did receive $126.7 million that will be applied to the construction costs - 6.2 miles of the Highway 290 East-Manor Expressway. 

Design plans released for Kennedy Senate Institute
Peter MeadeThe design plans for the $60 million Kennedy Senate Institute, named for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, have been released. The single-story building will sit near the larger John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Peter Meade (pictured), president and chief executive officer of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, said the building was designed to "complement and not compete with I.M. Pei's design of the presidential library." The building is expected to house five classrooms with the technological capacity for distance learning. There will be a digital library to hold electronic copies of the senator's official papers as well as audio recordings of interviews.
 
Louisiana parishes get funding for new laptops to be checked out like books
Each parish in Louisiana will receive 10 laptops for its libraries to check out like books, thanks to Recovery Act funding. The laptops can be taken home for students to work on school work or for adults to work on job applications, etc. The libraries also will be able to use the funding for software and hardware upgrades, such as new wireless routers and software programs that help create documents with photos and illustrations and for software for financial programs and budgets. The program comes from more than $8 million in Recovery Act funds and $2 million in state funds. Officials note that access to broadband and property technology training are essential to those in today's workforce.
 
Joseph Szabo New York awarded $727,000 for high-speed rail program
Work will continue on the rehabilitation of New York's Buffalo-Depew railroad station as part of the state's high-speed rail project after the state was awarded $727,000 in Recovery Act funding. This funding brings the total awarded to New York to $1.7 million of the $151 awarded from the Recovery Act for high-speed rail. The money will be spent on Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, reconstruction of the ticket counter, installation of a passenger Information Display System and repairs on the platform. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Joseph C. Szabo (pictured) said that railroad infrastructure includes stations and is "a vital part of the overall high-speed passenger rail program." The FRA has released more than $136 million of the $8 billion down payment provided in the Recovery Act for the development of a national network of interconnected high-speed rail corridors.
 
Illinois village's bonds will pay for street repairs, water system upgrades
The village of Midlothian, Illinois, has approved $9.2 million in bonds that will pay for repairs to streets and the village's water system. Of the total, $7.5 million will be used to install an above-ground water tank and new water mains. The remaining $1.7 million will be spread out for various street repairs and repaving projects.

County likely to issue $90 million in debt for major construction projects
Patrick Urich
Peoria County, Illinois, officials are likely to issue $90 million in debt to help pay for a new $54 million nursing home and a $41.6 million museum. County Administrator Patrick Urich (pictured) said there are a "number of avenues that can lower the cost of the project going forward." The county approved building the Bel-Wood Nursing Home to replace an existing facility that opened in 1968. A site has not yet been chosen, but officials said revenues from an existing property tax levy that supports the nursing home will help cover project costs. In 2009, voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase to raise up to $40 million for the museum. The county will use Build America Bonds that will allow the county a 35 percent interest rate rebate over the life of the bonds.
 
Health Crisis Center to be built by county in Minnesota
Ramsey County (Minnesota) commissioners have approved the $10.2 million budget for a new 40,000-square-foot building that will house mental health and chemical dependency services. The design and construction costs are estimated at $9.5 million and costs for furniture, furnishings, etc. will bring the total to $10.2 million. The two-story facility - the East Metro Behavioral Health Crisis Center - is expected to begin construction in September and to be completed in July of next year. Services to be offered will be a commitment court, detoxification and mental health services. Other counties could eventually rent space at the new facility.
 
Metro Transportation Commission awards transportation enhancement grants
Jim SperingThe Metropolitan Transportation Commission of the San Francisco, California, Bay Area has awarded $44 million for 22 new capital grants to finance pedestrian, bicycle and streetscape improvements near public transit in cities in the Bay Area. The funds are part of the Transportation and Livable Communities program, which supports community-based projects that enhance downtown areas, commercial areas, neighborhoods and transit corridors. "The TLC program is a concrete way of expanding transportation choices while also making our neighborhoods more environmentally sustainable and attractive places to live and work," explained Solano County Supervisor and MTC Commissioner Jim Spering (pictured). The projects approved are in the state's three largest cities in the region - San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland - and other cities including Berkeley, San Leandro, Hayward, Richmond, Alameda, Union City, San Carlos, Concord, Livermore, Hercules, Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Cotati. Those funded were among 33 applicants with requests for approximately $80 million in funding. To view the list of projects funded, 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.
 
 
Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Dr. Gregory Moore.
 
Gregory MooreDr. Gregory Moore earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1983 and completed his OB/GYN residency at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC). In 1989, he joined the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, as a staff obstetrician/gynecologist. After returning from Japan, he completed a residency in occupational medicine at USUHS. Following his residency, Moore began a career in the U.S. Navy. From 1993 to 1994, he led refugee operations caring for Cuban and Haitian women. He was adjunct associate professor in both OB/GYN and preventive medicine at USUHS and at NNMC was vice chair and then chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1997, he was project manager of the NNMC Mother and Infant Care Center and later was Task Force Command Surgeon aboard the USS Belleau Wood. He was named medical director of Clinical Services at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in 2000. Moore became director of University Health Service at Kentucky in 2003. He was recently named senior director of Stamps Health Services at Georgia Tech.
 
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Robin PendergraftKatherine MillerRobin Pendergraft (top left), former director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, has been named senior deputy attorney general to oversee an expanded unit devoted to investigating Medicaid fraud and is been replaced by Greg McLeod, a senior aide to Attorney General Roy Cooper. New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Katherine Miller (top right) is leaving that position to become Santa Fe County manager, with Deputy Secretary Dannette Burch taking over as cabinet secretary in September. The Fluvanna County, Virginia, School Board has appointed Charlotte's George Rogers Clark Elementary School Principal Gena Keller as the district's new superintendent, replacing Dr. Tom Smith, who retired. Former Alaska State Sen. Gene Therriault has resigned his position as energy advisor to Gov. Sean Parnell.Mark SutterMarina Garcia Marmolejo Laredo, Texas, attorney Marina Garcia Marmolejo (upper middle left) has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be federal judge for the U.S. Southern Judicial District of Texas. Las Cruces, New Mexico, Finance Director Mark Sutter (upper middle right) is retiring from city government there to take a position with the City of El Paso and will be replaced by Comptroller Pat Degman until the position is filled full-time. The nomination of James Clapper by President Barack Obama for Director of National Intelligence, has been approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and his nomination will now go to the full Senate for confirmation. Dr. Wayne M. Talley, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Avery County,  North Carolina, Schools has been selected as the new superintendent of the Edgecomb County Public School System, replacing Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Dan DuffyPeter Dekomwho resigned to take a position in Alabama. Hollywood attorney Peter Dekom (lower middle right) has been hired by the New Mexico State Investment Council to advise the state on film investments. Twelve-year veteran Sgt. Dan Duffy (lower middle left) of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, Police Department, has been selected as the city's new police chief, replacing outgoing Chief David Elliott. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that Ranji H. Nagaswami has been named the city's first chief investment officer, replacing Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bud Larson, and will work as an adviser to the mayor's appointees on the city's five pension boards. Former deputy police chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Police Department, Ken Miller, has been chosen as chief of police in Greensboro, succeeding Chief Tim Bellamy, who recently stepped down. Former Central Georgia Technical College deanAmy HollowayKen Stewart of instruction for curriculum and professional development, Amy L. Holloway (bottom right), has joined the staff of Middle Georgia Technical College as the vice president of Academic Affairs, replacing the retiring Gerri Sorrell. Ken Stewart (bottom left) has joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as senior advisor for industry strategy after serving six years in state government as director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Bryan Roberts, a commander in the Citrus Heights, California, Police Department, has been named chief of the Menlo Park Police, succeeding Chief Bruce Goitia, who retired. The City of Sunnyside in Washington State has named Tillamook, Oregon, City Manager Mark Gervasi as its new city manager. A new administrator, Bonnie Upright, has been named by Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals as chief of strategic partnerships in the Duval County, Florida, Public Schools. New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Kintigh, a former FBI agent, will spend the final days before the legislative session ends serving as interim police chief in Roswell, replacing the retiring Chief Rob Smith
 
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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 www.txdot.gov. Questions should be forwarded to TxDOT-BOP Webinars@dot.state.tx.us 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.
 
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